4 Rhode Island Shops to Buy Swimwear and Beach Gear

Where to shop local for bathing suits and summer accessories.
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Photo from California East’s Facebook page.

This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

As the weather gets warmer, Rhode Island residents are flocking to the beaches (socially distanced, of course). Check out the following locally-owned businesses to add some trendy swimwear, bathing suits and accessories to your closet.


California East

Offering separately-sold bikini tops and bottoms to ensure the best fit for all of its customers, California East will be open for its fourth summer in business this year. The shop is unique as it offers bra-sized tops that run from 32D-40H to give all different body types plenty of options from which to choose.

How to shop: California East is currently open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for customers to stop by and buy different styles. 

The details: 458 Thames St., Newport, 401-619-5321, ceswim.com


Warm Winds Surfshop

Warm Winds Surfshop offers swimwear options for the family and so much more. From surf gear to lessons, the company’s mission is “to continue growing a community of surfers that enjoy our ocean environment and understand the importance of protecting it.” 

How to shop: Visit the store in Narragansett any day of the week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The details: 26 Kingstown Rd., Narragansett, 401-789-9040, warmwinds.com


Purple Ape

The Purple Ape offers a variety of bathing suits, beach gear and rentals. From jet skis and kayaks to paddleboards and paddleboats, this one-stop-shop for all things summer will have customers excited to get out on the water.

How to shop: Visit the shop in Westerly any day of the week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The details: 17 Winnapaug Rd., Westerly, 401-596-6169, purpleape.com


JC’s of Watch Hill

Offering bathing suits from more than thirty designers, JC’s of Watch Hill gives customers different style options for all body types and offers sizes from two to 3XL. The shop also provides customers with different cover-up and beach gear options.

How to shop: JC’s of Watch Hill is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The details: 62 Bay St., Watch Hill, 401-348-8415



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