Little Compton, Rhode Island is an old, New England beach town. Once land of the Sakonnet tribe, Little Compton was settled by Englishmen from Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1674. It is speculated that its name is a reference to the Little Compton in Warwickshire, England but there is no evidence to support this claim. Unlike Cape Cod and nearby Newport, RI, Little Compton has escaped the tourist buildup and remains a quiet, pleasant seaside town that’s perfect for a vacation getaway. It’s proximity to the ocean provides breathtaking views, fresh seafood and a leisurely atmosphere; while it’s long history offers up some interesting historical sites to explore.
Related Day Trips:
- Goosewing Beach – Arguably the best kept secret of Rhode Island, this beach is quiet and usually not crowded. It’s worth the journey to check it out. http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-do/beaches/1550/goosewing-beach/
- P.T. Marvell Preserve – A quaint, forested preserve with an observation tower that peers out into the water that is very close to South Shore Beach. There is a small, free parking lot here and if you’re lucky you might be able to grab a spot and get free parking to the beach.
- South Shore Beach – This beach is next to Goosewing Beach, it’s a rocky beach but the sand is soft. http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-do/beaches/1223/south-shore-beach/