More rugged travelers bypass the main drag and head straight for the island’s 150-acre Beavertail State Park (401/423-9941, www.riparks.com/beaverta1.htm , sunrise– sunset daily, free). Blessed with beautiful views of coastline and a picturesque lighthouse, the park is a favorite destination for hikers and picnickers.
Oyster lovers find bliss at the friendly and bare-bones Jamestown Oyster Bar (22 Narragansett Ave., 401/423-3380, 11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Sun.–Thu.; 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $7–18). The pub-meets-bistro ambience makes it the perfect place to slurp bivalves fresh from local waters.