Southern Connecticut Beach Review

Despite everything happening with the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 has been a great year for beach relaxation — the weather has been perfect, and our town of Fairfield has done a great job in making sure the local beaches are well-maintained and litter-free. I’ve compiled a list of beaches and gear that I’ve liked this year, with more reviews later to come.


State Beaches

Sherwood Island Park6/10Pros: Sandy beach, great rocky area near 9/11 memorial with expansive views, great picnic areas
Cons: Goose droppings everywhere, touristy (lots of NY residents have events here)
Silver Sands State Park9/10Pros: Fine sand, lots of space
Cons: Fairly popular
Hammonasset Beach6/10Pros: Huge beach (939 acres)
State Beaches

Local Beaches

Penfield Beach8/10Pros: Amazing view, great playground and swings, close proximity to Jennings Beach playground
Cons: None
Sasco Beach4/10Pros: Nice wooden play structure, great sandy beach with no pebbles.
Cons: Usually restricted to Westport residents, poor parking
Calf Pasture Beach6/10Pros: Great boardwalk, splash pad, lots of space
Cons: Usually crowded
Local Beaches

In the past, my favorite beach was Penfield Beach due to its playground, but since those are closed during coronovirus, my new favorite is Silver Sands — there’s a lot of space, it’s close to our house, and it has a sandbar that allows you to wade maybe 20 yards in 3-feet deep water, which is perfect for teaching kids to swim.


To date, I’ve found Clio chairs super convenient for taking to the beach — they’re bottle-sized, and very well engineered.

We’ve also had great success with the Sportsbrella beach umbrella, which has been perfect on the hot summer days — we did have to use a 5-pound sledge and ground stakes from Home Depot to get secure it, but has been *amazing*.’

Here’s to more days at the beach!

Published by David


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