Welcome to the Westerly-Pawcatuck Area
South County's town of Westerly, is both the most southern and western location in Rhode Island, and is home to the popular villages of Misquamicut and Watch Hill, two distinctive summer resort communities. Recognized as the having the most beautiful beaches in Rhode Island and on the east coast, Westerly provides the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing or action-packed vacation. Misquamicut State Beach is the largest beach in Rhode Island and offers a wide array of attractions, exciting nightlife and summer-long events. It is the ideal family destination, offering water slides, mini golf courses, free movies on the beach and fun filled hours in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
While traveling along the scenic roads in Watch Hill, another landmark community in Westerly, you will get a glimpse of spectacular architecture and impressive mansion-style homes . Picturesque Watch Hill is a tranquil seaside community that boasts lovely beaches and a waterfront village. Napatree Point in Watch Hill is a spectacular, hidden gem of a beach with the remains of Fort Mansfield and a protected bird sanctuary. Napatree Point has great family appeal and is located next to the country’s oldest Flying Horse carousel. Watch Hill is known for two breathtaking ladies, as it is home to both the Ocean House, a 5 star resort, and Rhode Island’s most famous resident, the incredibly talented Taylor Swift.
Charming downtown Westerly, with its wonderful Victorian architecture, examples of fine granite work, and beautifully landscaped Wilcox Park, earned the designation "one of the twelve most distinctive destinations in the country" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Historic downtown Westerly Pawcatuck is joined by the scenic Pawcatuck River. Shops and eateries have outstanding views and there are several outdoor dining options. In recent years, downtown has become a hip arts scene and has earned a reputation as Southern Rhode Island's dining and nightlife destination. There is a wide variety of outstanding restaurants ranging from waterfront dining to eclectic establishments. The eclectic shops feature furniture, trendy apparel and unique gifts from precious antiques to designer wedding gowns. Visit the Granite Theatre, for a taste of South County's history or enjoy ice skating at the outdoor rink. Come and enjoy the charm of our two state downtown that will keep you coming back for more!
Three unique villages with their own appeal, pristine beaches, numerous attractions, and picturesque lodging make Westerly, Rhode Island a year round, South County favorite. This is a destination that the whole family will enjoy. Westerly is located just 8 miles from Mystic, Connecticut and its signature attractions such as the Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, historic downtown Mystic and Olde Mystic Village. Foxwoods Resort Casino is just a 15 minute drive.