Communities > Middletown, Rhode Island
Named for its central location between Newport and Portsmouth on Aquidneck Island, Middletown is the business hub for most of the island. About one mile from downtown Newport, the town's 14.7 square-mile area lies between Portsmouth to the north and Newport to the southwest. Rhode Island Sound, Narragansett Bay , and the Sakonnet River bound the community to the south, west, and east, respectively.
Middletown offers great farm and waterfront properties with beautiful private estate properties sprinkled along the southeastern tip of the islands beaches and land fronting the Sakonnet River. These estates tend to be quieter with a pastoral feel abutting farmlands or shorelines.
Areas of interest in Middletown include:
Tuckerman Avenue which wraps around the point of land of Easton Bay and Sachuest Bay. There is a mix of older beach bungalows mixed with historic estates and new construction many with unparalleled views back to Newport's Cliff Walk and famed mansions to the west and the Sachuest Wildlife Preserve to the east.
Indian Avenue runs up the island along the coast of the Sakonnet River and offers a spectacular array of estate homes with views of the Sakonnet River to the beautiful pastoral lands of Little Compton. Many of the homes are located on or near working horse and agriculture farms or vineyards.
Paradise Avenue runs from Sachuest Bay through some of the most beautiful farm country with majestic trees and charming farm stands. Here you can find historic farmhouses with barns or newer construction with country flair.
Sachuest Beach (Second Beach)
The start of Second Beach is a small beach at Purgatory Chasm off where Purgatory Road meets Hanging Rock Road (famous for the nearby Hanging Rock from the low cliffs). In the summer months you will find surf board rentals and lessons, beach set-ups and Rhode Island's famous Del's Lemonade stand all in operation. The beach follows Hanging Rock to Sachuest Point Road with largest beach area is located at the eastern tip near the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Reserve. There is ample parking and restrooms and a snack bar/grill at the larger beach area.
Third Beach is a stretch of beach that has four separate beaches: town beached Third Beach Boat Ramp, E. Middletown Town Beach and semi-private beaches Peabody and Third Beach Club. This beach offers calm waters and grilling areas for family picnics.