LivingRhode Island's South County
Published Friday, May 31, 2013 Updated on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Rhode Island's South County

The Beach County

Ocean and shoreline are a large part of the area known as South County, with 100 miles of breathtaking coastline—from secluded bays to long, sandy beaches.  Located in the southwestern part of Rhode Island and bordering Connecticut, the coastal towns and villages of Washington and Kent Counties have long been attractive to second-home residents seeking relaxation and leisure in outdoor activities integrated within strong permanent communities.

Inland, only a few miles from saltwater, are unspoiled forest, parks, lakes, and rivers.  Fishing, bird-watching, and hiking make South County a nature lover’s preserve.  Marinas, golf courses, bike paths, and other recreational facilities mean it’s not far to travel for the sports-minded.  And for enthusiasts of the arts, there are venues where plays from Shakespeare to Broadway are offered in the summer.  Open-air concerts and art festivals are also at home in the area. 

History rubs elbows with contemporary living in South County   Homes from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries remind residents of the area’s Native Americans, Colonial farmers, and Revolutionary War heroes.  Local farms are still at work, along with vineyards and active fishing ports, to put fresh and quality produce in area restaurants and stores.

From modern beachfront properties to private woodland cottages, South County is a setting for any lifestyle—for those seeking a permanent residence or those looking for a vacation home.

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