Sandy Point Beach

Sandy Point Beach
This shallow, natural beach is located on the Sakonnet River at the end of Sandy Point Avenue and is great for families. The beach is free to town residents with either a current transfer station sticker or a free sticker provided upon proof of residency (car registration with your name and Portsmouth address) by the Recreation Department, 401-787-0281 (available mid-May). Sandy Point Beach is equipped with changing rooms and restroom facilities during the swimming season, and picnic tables. Dogs are not allowed on the beach (see below).

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Lifeguard Schedules

In 2020, the beach will be staffed with lifeguards on weekends only (and facilities open) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. The summer season kicks off on June 20th when lifeguards will be at the beach daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admission Fees

Cost of admission for nonresidents is $10 Monday through Thursday and $15 Friday through Sunday. The Recreation Department and the gate offer books of four for $35 cash only. The gate will charge admission to the beach through 4:15 pm each day.

Sandy Point Beach Stickers

Town of Portsmouth residents are allowed free entry into the Town's official beach, Sandy Point Beach.  In order for a resident to gain free entry, you must have a valid transfer station sticker for the current year or a seasonal Sandy Point Beach sticker.  Driver's licenses are not allowed for access to the beach.

Beach stickers will be available mid-May.

Transfer Station Stickers

If you have purchased a transfer station sticker for the current year and are using the vehicle with the sticker, no other sticker is necessary for free entry into Sandy Point Beach.

If you live in Portsmouth and do not have a transfer station sticker on your vehicle, a seasonal Sandy Point Beach sticker is available at The Recreation office with proof of residency and your vehicle registration.

Swimming  and Sailing Lessons and Summer Camp!

Sandy Point Beach, in conjunction with our Recreation Department, is proud to offer youth Swimming Lessons, Sailing Lessons, and a Sandy Point Beach Camp experience this summer! Registration is easy with PayPal!  Register your child this year on our Recreation Department home page!


Sandy Point Beach has changing rooms, warm showers, and ample parking spaces. In addition, there is a small concession stand with affordable products:

Item Cost 
Juice Box$1
Nature Valley Protein Bar$2
Ice Cream Sandwich$1
Annie's Fruit Snacks2 for $1
Assorted Chips$1

Are Dogs Allowed on Sandy Point Beach?


Section 101-7 of the Code of the Town of Portsmouth says that dogs, with the exception of service dogs, shall not be allowed on the premises of any store or public eating place in the Town of Portsmouth and shall not be allowed on any Town-operated beach. Any owner shall not allow his dog, with the exception of services dogs, to be upon the premises of any store, public eating place or Town-operated beach.  Portsmouth does, however, have a very nice Dog Park!  Please bring your dog and visit!

All town ordinances apply to this facility.