New England has its share of boisterous beaches, but those in the know head to quieter coastal outposts when they want to savor the simple pleasures of warm sand, salty breezes and gentle ocean waves. One of New England's most scenic and secluded little beaches is located in the historic village of Stonington Borough on Connecticut's southeastern shore. Although it offers just 265 feet of frontage on Long Island Sound, duBois Beach is the perfect choice for those in search of a low-key and picturesque patch of sand.
Because duBois Beach is rather petite, it's a good idea to arrive early in the day in order to find a parking spot and to stake out a place for your beach towel or blanket. The beach is privately owned by the Stonington Village Improvement Association, which offers public access to the beach for a daily fee in season.
Facilities at the beach are limited to a portable toilet, a wooden pavilion and a water fountain. Lifeguards are on hand to protect swimmers during the summer season, and warm, shallow waters make this an ideal beach for families with small children.
You may never tire of swimming, sunning and watching sailboats drift along the Sound, but if you do, walk north along Water Street to explore Stonington's cafes, shops and historic homes, many of which were built by sea captains during the village's whaling days. Stonington remains home to Connecticut's only surviving fishing fleet. You may also want to visit the Old Lighthouse Museum, located just diagonally across the street from duBois Beach. Although it is no longer an active navigational aid, the 1840 Stonington Harbor Light is an enduring landmark that now houses historical exhibits. Admission also entitles visitors to climb to the top of the stone beacon for sweeping views of Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
What You Need to Know About duBois Beach
Location: You'll find duBois Beach on your right at the Stonington Point end of Water Street, the main road through Stonington Borough.
Directions: Leave I-95 in Connecticut at exit 91, then follow the Pequot Trail/Route 234 to a left on North Main Street. Proceed 2.2 miles to a left on Trumbull Avenue/Route 1A. Turn right onto Alpha Avenue, then left on Water Street.
Parking: Free parking is available at Stonington Point, located at the end of Water Street just steps from the beach.
Access Fees: As of 2013, the daily fee for use of duBois Beach is $5 per person or $10 per family.
Operating Schedule: As of 2013, duBois Beach is open weekends only starting Memorial Day weekend, then daily from the end of the school year in June through Labor Day.
For More Information: Call 860-535-2476.