This would have to be one of my top spots for kayaking in RI. Easy access, right off the beach, ample free parking (after 5pm in the summer), great surf, and great rock gardens are all great traits of this place. I would recommend launching from the western corner, directly next to the cliffs and closest to Newport. From this point the parking lot is seconds away, and there is always a nice eddy line to take you out no matter what the surf conditions are. The thing preventing this spot from getting my gold star is the amount of seaweed and little critters that will collect in this corner of the beach.
Once you have launched off, however, the choices are abundant. If you are looking for an adventure you can try paddling in to Purgatory Chasm which, at the opening, is less than 5 feet and stretches in for about 50 feet. The max width here is around 16 feet (if you hit the tides perfect and don't mind bouncing between rocks you can turn a full size boat around if your really lucky).
If you want something rougher there are some great rock gardens up on the right hand side of the cliff. Here the surf is great, but the rocks are sharp. Helmets, partners, and skills are needed. And, if you have never tried Rock Hopping this is the best place in RI for it. Rock Hopping is a term that we use to describe the act of riding a swell over a rock that is above the waterline. On a day with small swells this will scrape your boat up and is all about skill and timing. On a day with large swells this will scrape you up if you miss-time it, getting either stuck half way up the rock, or smashing into the front of the rock as you ride in front of the swell.
This is not an area for beginners. However, a great simple paddle would be out from the beach to Commerant Rock. This is a 2 nautical mile round trip and brings you directly off of Sachuest Point. The scenery is amazing, but watch the tides. There is at times a strong outgoing tide that can really wreak some havoc with the swells creating some short sharp waves.
From 195 (Providence and Massachusetts)
Take exit 8A to merge onto RT-24 S toward Tiverton R.I./Newport R.I.
Entering Rhode Island 2.2 mi
Continue on RI-24 S 7.3 mi
Exit onto W Main Rd/RI-114 S 6.1 mi
Turn left at RI-214/Valley Rd 0.9 mi
Turn left at Griffin Rd 279 ft
Turn left at Wedgwood Dr 0.1 mi
Turn left at William Dr 276 ft
From all points South from Rt 1
Take the RI-238 S exit toward Scenic Newport 0.1 mi
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