Westerly, RI

Westerly is a town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island. First settled by Elder John Crandall in 1661 it is believed that John Crandall named the town after his birthplace in Westerleigh, England. Today Westerly has many references to his name. As of 2000, this community has a population of 22, 966 which covers 30.1 square miles of land and 44.7 square miles of water.

Westerly has a friendly atmosphere. Visitors from all over enjoy the calm beaches and the unique shops that the downtown area has to offer.


The Pawcatuck River surrounds Westerly on the Western border where it serves a dividing mark for Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Westerly's town crest originates from a special species of Salmon that once resided in the Pawcatuck river. Along Atlantic Avenue by the beachfront lays several salt ponds which serves as an outer wall to the distinct beaches that make this community a large tourist attraction during the summer months (May–September). This community doubles in size during the summer months due to the large attraction of families from all over New England.

Westerly is also known for its textiles and unique type of granite that is quarried from Bradford and Potter Hill regions of Westerly. Griswold Textile Print, Inc. has been family operated since 1937. This plant operates on the Pawcatuck River where they make all their prints in house.

Get in

Get around

The simplest way to get around Westerly is by a car. Since Westerly is not a large town it can easily be achievable to drive around all the sites and attractions that the town has to offer. Parking is available every where around the town. Downtown parking is free but beach parking is an average of $10.

By Taxi




Westerly Marina 41 Margin Street, +1 401 596-1727. A complete array of the best in marina services is offered at this marina

Watch Hill Boat Yard, 21 Pasadena Avenue, +1 401 348-8148, . This traditional boatyard and marina offers eighty one slips for boats of up to fifty feet in length, and twenty seven moorings for sailboats of up to forty feet in length.



Rhode Island Beach entrance fees: Residents weekdays $6.00 per car/ weekends $7.00 per car. Non-Residents weekdays $12.00 per car/ weekends $14.00 per car. see Rhode Island State Parks for up-to-date informations.



Downtown Westerly: Home to many shops and restaurants




Ice Cream



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Routes through Westerly

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