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Watch Hill and lighthouse in Rhode Island

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Watch Hill  Rhode Island hosts cool lighthouse

We drive twenty-five miles per hour to Watch Hill Rhode Island. Set among sandy bluffs, complete with beach walks and inspiring views, this town is a real treat. Streets wind and twist through picturesque old neighborhoods.


Nearly every property has a two-foot thick, two-foot tall, stacked rock wall installed along the property line. Here when you clear your property in preparation for building a house, it is customary to take all the rocks and use them like this.

Down at the beach the sign seems to indicate that we must pay seventy-five dollars initially and then twenty-five dollars for each hour we park over two hours. The locals tell us they don’t start enforcing it for another week though, so we take our chances for a few hours for free.

watch hill up over the sand dunes to the beach

We hike up to the lighthouse, over several rock piers, wander through some shops, and trek down through pristine manicured neighborhoods to private beaches. A shiny sleek mink eats a silver fish on the rocks. Kelly gets a fleeting glimpse of a pretty bright red fox as he darts into the tightly trimmed hedge surrounding one of the mansions near the ocean.

This state is pretty this time of year and this area in particular has huge varied panoramic views of the coastline, the hills, the mansions, and the boat filled marinas. We wander in the warm sun through the woods leading down to the rocky beaches on the peninsula in the area around Watch Hill.

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