If I had to pick one favorite spot in Rhode Island, it would be Lloyd’s Beach in Little Compton. Growing up as a wanna-be marine biologist, this is where I would come to feel connected to the ocean. It was here that I first saw harbor seals in the wild (in winter, they haul out on the rocks offshore and you can see them with binoculars). Looking out from the easternmost tip of the beach, all you can see is the vast Atlantic Ocean in front of you, as you gaze out towards Portugal.
The landscape surrounding this beach (like most of Little Compton) is beautifully preserved, and the protected open spaces are interrupted only by New England style homes and cottages. In the summer,* the beach and surrounding scenery are pure heaven, and in the other seasons it’s wild and wavy and exhilarating. I once came here at midnight with a high school boyfriend to watch a meteor shower. It was so freezing that we barely lasted 10 minutes. But I’ll never forget how the wind howled so fiercely it almost sounded like sirens were calling from the beach.
There are a few islands offshore, and you can see building ruins from the beach. I’d heard there used to be a restaurant out there that was destroyed by a hurricane, but couldn’t find much more info online. The Little Compton Historical Society has scanned a few vintage postcards of the area.
*Lloyd’s beach is privately owned is accessible only to Little Compton residents and their guests. This is strictly enforced during the summer months. . .