This concrete boat ramp in poor condition that provides access to Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. No parking is available at the ramp but there may be on street parking nearby depending on the time of day. Check the parking signs carefully for restrictions. Paid parking is available at the nearby Newport Gateway Visitors Center on Americas Cup Avenue a block south of Elm Street.
Newport Harbor is an interesting place to explore if you like looking at boats, but it is a busy harbor with very heavy marine traffic. Beyond the harbor is the East Passage, which is used by boats of all sizes, right up to naval warships and freighters. In addition to the ship traffic, the East Passage is open to wind and waves rolling in from Block Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows briskly throughout the afternoon, producing strong waves once you are outside of the immediate harbor area, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
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