Town of Middletown Harbormaster

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Day Trip
3rd Beach Rd
Middletown, RI 02842
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM

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46 Reviews

by Luis M. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2023
It was perfect the weather was nice no problem perfect stay wouldn't mind if they told us what number of Mooring it would be because I noticed the numbers on the morning is easier thank you

by Jarek M. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Love it there. Have been going for many years!

by Wilkie M. - Verified user on Sep 02, 2023
Great night for sleeping. Full moon

by Craig & Heidi P. - Verified user on Sep 01, 2023
Beautiful little beach to dinghy into and a nice protected cove for the night! Thank you Harbormaster for your responsiveness!

by Patricia k. - Verified user on Aug 31, 2023
East and strong mooring. We’re here in a small gale. Lovely place!

by Simon C. - Verified user on Aug 25, 2023
My second stay here, I really like it. Harbormaster communicates well with messages through Dockwa - thank you
Marina Response:
We do offer one important service and that is a harbor of refuge. If you ever have been unfortunate enough to be caught in a wind against tide situation in Rhode Island Sound or Buzzards Bay, you’ll be happy to wait it out at Third Beach.

by James A. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2023
I love the location and the mooring itself was very good. However, it was a very rolly night and my wife did not like it at all. We will definitely come back, but may want to stay closer to shore. Thanks
Marina Response:
The chart dictates that we have a fetch from anything Northerly, however in prevailing summer Southerly’s, we are very well protected.

by Terry M. - Verified user on Aug 12, 2023
Really nice marina on a day with gentle winds!

by JimMcKean - Verified user on Aug 11, 2023
A great spot to ride out the storm. I usually anchor, but the mooring (only $20!) made fora very comfortable night’s sleep. Harbormaster very friendly & helpful.

by Clifford A. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Although we had a reservation thru Dockwa, it was not clear what our mooring assignment would be. Attempt to contact harbormaster via radio and phone was delayed, Harbormaster did return pnone call after 15 minutes, appartently a one man show for all of Newport?
Marina Response:
Although we are on Aquidneck Island, we are not Newport, we are a quiet, peaceful Anchorage, surrounded by a Wildlife, and Bird Sanctuary, with no facilities, hence the very reasonable 20 dollar fee.. Your unannounced early check-in corresponded with lunch hour. I got your first phone call at 12:19, your second phone call at 12:21 and I returned it at 12:24. Check your phone. I hope you found Newport, commodore ,they have the service you’re looking for. Fair Tides, HM.

by David B. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Great day! Easy in easy out! Thanks Middletown!!!!

by Robert Y. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2023
Good moorings. Good setting. Excellent stopping point e route other destinations. Beautiful setting.

by Michael B. - Verified user on Aug 02, 2023
Great location. Looks to be 4 transient moorings. Only two recommendations are to put in the description that the transient rentals are red bottomed. Only knew that from reading harbormaster’s reply to other reviews. Also, would be nice to number and assign the balls in case you get there on the harbormaster’s day off and the balls are full with someone who hasn’t paid but is squatting on a ball. But you cannot beat the price and the location is really nice.
Marina Response:
We offer 8 transient moorings at this time, reservations are recommended

by Thomas A. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2023
Beautiful setting. Self serve mooring field, but it is not clear which moorings are private and which are for transients.
Marina Response:
Town rental moorings have red bottom paint and say rental -private moorings dominate the field with blue bottom paint most rental moorings are on the outer edge. Our office is closed Mondays and Tuesdays but I will respond to text on those days. HarborMaster

by Stephen w. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2023
The Harbormaster was there when we arrived to assist us if needed. It was a quiet and relaxing evening. We will definitely go again.

by Shawn C. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2023
Always a pleasure to stay at 3rd beach. Plenty of space between moorings and clean water for swimming.

by Abby D. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2023
Open mooring. Easy to find.

by Nancy P. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2023
We moored in this beautiful cove by Third Beach. Hard to find a more picturesque spot. We could almost have swum to the beach but just jumped off the platform instead. Great spot for a relaxing stay.

by Ghislain L. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2023
Nice beach and good transit stop!

by Neil G. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2023
3rd Beach is a great stop for us, but the town needs to do better with its moorings. They were always first come, but two weeks ago we found they were all reserved. So be it, we anchored, after being tossed of a mooring by the harbor master. This time, we reserved on DOCKWA, but on arrival, no call to the harbor master was answered. So without him there, if the (reserved) moorings are otherwise occupied, then what? Plus, if you reserve, you pay, but if you just pick up a mooring, no one comes to collect the fee. Do it one way or the other, please.
Marina Response:
Third Beach has been on Dockwa for three years. We are a self serve mooring field with a beach. We offer no facilities or service, this is reflected in the very reasonable $20 fee. Because we offer one of the most beautiful anchorage around, bordering on the Sachuest national wildlife reserve, and Norman Bird Sanctuary, weekends in the summer are usually always sold out. We recommend at least one week lead time for a weekend mooring. I take no joy in “tossing “ people off moorings, but I have to respect the patrons who have made prior plans and paid in advance. Another downside to the $20 fee is the budget. I am a one man show, with Mondays and Tuesdays off. I do not except cash or tips, everything is done on the Dockwa app. Fair Tides.

by Lee H. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2023
Good spot for beach & swim

by Marco T. - Verified user on Jul 21, 2023
Good, protected harbor and easy access to beach

by Gregory C. - Verified user on Jul 21, 2023
Easy to reserve, even last minute. Very nice setting.

by Jorge M. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2023
Nice stop over for our long trip.

by Richard s. - Verified user on Jul 16, 2023
Very nice spot. I Originally booked 7/11. But arrived on 7/10 eve. Departed 7/11 Tried to cancel on line for 7/11. Thank you

by Allan A. - Verified user on Jul 16, 2023
Met expectations. Fine

by Gregg C. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2023
Great quiet location, well protected.

by Paul R. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2023
Beautiful spot to all that work the Mooring field

by ELLEN L. - Verified user on Jul 04, 2023
All was great except we were not aware that we needed to pick up a red bottomed mooring. I didn’t see that info or instruction on Dockwa. We ended up on a blue and white mooring. But otherwise we love Third Beach!

by Michael C. - Verified user on Jul 01, 2023
Good comm w hrdermaster

by Steven P. - Verified user on Jun 12, 2023
Love 3rd beach . Harbor master was not available . Had the place to ourselves

by Michael B. - Verified user on Aug 28, 2022
The beach is nice. The moorings are marked as rentals. The harbor master is nice and came by in the morning to check that we made a reservation. I wish you were assigned a ball number incase you get in find there no balls available. We were told to just take anyone that was open. I could see how you could come in and find none available. There were a number taken by folks for a short while. We were told we could dinghy to shore and leave our dinghy on shore away from the swimming area. There is no dinghy mooring or dock. There is no dumpster, water, or any amenities. Great place to chill for a day or so. The parking at third beach is for residents only. There is public parking further up the beach at Peabody beach. There is no overnight parking.

by S J. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2022
2023. We couldn’t find a town mooring as the wind was strong so we ended up on a private mooring. We notified the harbor master. Stayed the night. Safe and sound. Thanks. 2022. Only 4 stars as there are limited facilities. Nice mooring field with large pennants. Very quiet night. Can be rolly during the day due to wakes on the River. We will return. Thanks.

by Kim A. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2022
Great, quiet spot, mooring gear well maintained, quick response from HM ona Friday night.

by Pete D. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2022
We went to look for a mooring Saturday and no mooring was open. My guess is someone hooked up that didn't have a reservation. Harbor Master was not there. Called non-emergency police and they didn't have any Information. Had to leave a voice mail with secretary to chief. No one called us back. Had to motor back to goat island in dark. Horrible experience. Would like a refund!!

by Marilyn D. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2022
Very peaceful and beautiful spot. Harbormaster was there to show us the spots we could take.

by Antonio H. - Verified user on Jul 16, 2022
Lovely spot, mooring balls not so easy to ID amid a large mooring field, harbormaster claimed he never received our prepaid reservation via Dockwa but generally responsive / helpful. Will be back.

by William R. - Verified user on Jun 29, 2022
A beautiful, quite and peaceful Cove. Great mooring no noise from any towns. A true gem to stop at if you plan to wine and dine on your boat. We will diffinitely be back here on future cruises.

by cynthia s. - Verified user on Jun 06, 2022
Great couple of nites!

by Steven A. - Verified user on Aug 11, 2021
Great communication and easy to use platform. I look forward to using it again

by Donald V. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2021
Beautiful, quiet and fine mooring tackle.

by Michelyn S. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2021
Great, can’t believe we didn’t do it sooner. Quiet evening with a spectacular sunset.

by David s. - Verified user on Jul 26, 2021
Always a nice place to stage incoming or outgoing. Harbor master was very accommodating.

by Lisa O. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2021
Harbor Master was very accommodating!

by Mike M. - Verified user on Jul 19, 2021
Great quiet spot good for water activities too!

by Jeffrey K. - Verified user on Jul 06, 2021
Great stop over on the way to Buzzards Bay. Very friendly harbormaster. There is no dinghy dock, so you have to drag the dinghy on shore. Nice beach.

About Town of Middletown Harbormaster

Located on the west side of the entrance to the Sakonnet River, Third Beach has often been described as a hidden gem. What it lacks in amenities, it makes up with its beauty and charm. The harbor is often a destination for day trippers looking to enjoy a relaxing afternoon or as an overnight stop on your way to the Elizabeth Islands or Block Island. Our mooring field can accommodate boats up to 60 feet and we allow rafting. Anchoring is allowed upon approval from the Harbormaster. Third Beach is a very family friendly beach and is accessible by dinghy.

Booking Info

Max LOA: 65'

Max Beam: 20'

Max Draft: 20'

Please note there is a 3.63% fee applied to all reservations.


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Town of Middletown Harbormaster