New England has always been one of America's many summer destinations of choice. Every year, couples and families flock to the coast looking for seafood, sun, and a strip of sandy beach to call their own. Block Island has been a destination for those embarking on their annual summer visits. Located 13 miles off the mainland of Rhode Island, Block Island is one of the most appealing New England summer hotspots. This popular place is due in large part to Block Island's easygoing, low-key atmosphere, which benefits from miles of beautiful beaches, numerous bars and restaurants, and consummate natural beauty. Many people go to Block Island for the weekend, and in this short period of time, it is all too easy to miss out on some of the best aspects of the Block Island experience. Hopefully, this guide will provide prospective visitors with an idea of how to best spend their visit to Block Island so that they get as much as possible out of their stay.
During the winter months, Block Island is the very picture of a sleepy, seaside New England town, with a population of 1,000 year-round residents. In the summer, the island's population explodes to nearly 10,000 at any given time, and many thousands more on busy weekends and holidays. Now, many people can't strike a balance between "Block Island the weekend getaway" and "Block Island the seasonal tourist destination," and quite often, their vacations suffer for this. Too many families get off the ferry, go to Ballard's for beer, crab cakes, and 3 hours on the beach, and then stream back onto the ferry, perhaps never knowing how much more the island truly has to offer. The real Block Island experience should be a perfect synthesis of lazing on the beach, exploring the town, and some of the incredible natural vistas the island has to offer, and indulging in good food and drink at the best of Block Island's restaurants. As long as you are respectful and manage not to be completely obnoxious, the locals will respond in kind and you will no doubt have an extremely pleasant stay. Although the tourist attractions are definitely a wonderful experience, one of the best aspects of the island is the geography itself. 40% of Block Island has been set aside for conservation, and should not be overlooked!
- Private Boat Guests have the option of either docking at the marinas, or anchoring in both the Old and New Harbor areas. This makes it very easy for vacationers to keep and maintain their boats over the course of their stay.
- Block Island Ferry, 304 Great Island Rd. Narragansett, RI. +1 401-783-7996 or Toll Free +1866-783-7996. http://www.blockislandferry.com. Departs year round and daily from the village of Point Judith in Narragansett. You have the choice of the passenger-only High Speed Ferry, which runs only in the summer in 30 minutes or you could take the traditional ferry which arrives at Block Island within an hour. The Ferry’s schedule of departure is every few hours during the winter and fall and every hour during the spring and summer. Only the traditional ferry has a garage for cars. Prices are reasonable for each ferry, whether it be round trip or one way and children and senior citizens have a discount. Tickets can either be purchased at the box office or online where you can print them out or have them mailed to you.
- Block Island State Airport, 4 Center Rd. Block Island, RI. +1 401-466-5511,
Scheduled flights between Westerly and Block Island, and single/twin-engine charter flights.
Most areas of Block Island are easily within walking distance of each other but there are plenty of other modes of transportation. If you need to travel by car, you can rent one, or call a taxi. Bicycles and Mopeds are also available to rent and are so convenient that you may rent one as soon as you walk off the ferry.
- Block Island Taxi, Phone: +1 401-466-2562
- McAloon's Taxi & Tours, Phone: +1 401-741-1410
- Mig's Rig Taxi, Phone: +1 401-480-0493. http://www.migsrigtaxi.com
Bicycle Moped and Car Rental Services
- Aldo's Mopeds and Bikes, Water St., +1 401-466-5018
- Beach Rose Bicycles, 1622 Roslyn Lane, +1 401-466-5925 http://www.beachrosebicycles.com
- Block Island Bike & Car Rental, 834 Ocean Ave., +1 401-466-2297 http://www.blockislandbikeandcarrental.com
- Island Moped & Bike Rental, Water St., +1 401-466-2700 http://www.bimopeds.com
- Moped Man Bike Rentals, 435 Water St. +1 401-466-5444
- Old Harbor Bike Shop, 1 Water St. +1 401-446-2029
Places to See
There are many different sights to see around the island during the summer. All you need is a gorgeous summer day and a pair of walking shoes in order to enjoy all of the sights that Block Island has to offer. Here is a list of some of the main attractions on the island:
- North Light, Corn Neck Rd., +1 401-466-3200. Built in 1867, this is the 4th lighthouse built on Sandy Point, where exposure to the elements and shifting sands make keeping a lighthouse in one piece difficult. The lighthouse is on the grounds of the National Wildlife Sanctuary, which contains hiking trails.
- Mohegan Bluffs, 122 Mohegan Trail, +1 401-466-5009. On the southern end of the island, the bluffs rise 200 feet above the water and run along the coast for about 3 miles. It's the site of the Southeast Lighthouse, built in 1875. This is one of the most visited places on the island due to the gorgeous views and breathtaking sites. Be warned though, to get down to the bluffs on the beach you have to climb down numerous flights of stairs which isn’t the problem, the only problem is coming back up. Be prepared for a good workout.
- Southeast Lighthouse, 122 Mohegan Trail, +1 401-466-5009, Stop over and take a visit to one of the most magnificent and beautiful lighthouses in America. The view from the lighthouse looks out from the Mohegan Bluffs which are over 200 feet above the water. The sight and atmosphere is so breathtaking it will definitely be worth your while.
- Lewis-Dickens Farm, Cooneymus Road, +1 401-949-5454. Coastal grasslands set on the bluffs above the Atlantic provide habitat for raptors and passerines.
- Block Island Historical Society, 18 Old Town Rd., +1 401-864-4357, http://www.blockislandhistorical.com. The Block Island Historical Society houses permanent and special exhibits that chronicle Block Island's past.
- The Sacred Labyrinth, Corn Neck Rd.,. Tucked away on Corn Neck Road is the Sacred Labyrinth and is unknown to most tourists. Marked only by a series of wooden steps, guests can stop and walk this man-made hidden path. The Labyrinth is an old Mayan tradition and has been brought to life on Block Island. The Labyrinth is a large, round, circular path that one walks in silence while wishing for something. Once the person gets to the middle, they are supposed to leave a tiny gift, and the wish is supposed to come true. The Labyrinth is a fun attraction that not many tourists know about.
- Dories Cove Beach, Dories Cove Road. Dories Cove is a beautiful beach tucked away in a cove. It is a beautiful place to watch the sunset or have a fire on the beach. It can be a little hard to access because Dories Cove Road is dirt and there is little parking at the entrance to the cove. If you are up for the walk it is a great place to relax and soak in the island away from all the tourists.
Things to Do
Although Block Island mainly consists of 17 miles of beachy shore there is still plenty to do:
- Beaches If you are looking for a place to spend some quality time at the beach, Block Island is ideal. The seashore is everywhere. The Island encompasses 17 miles of beaches and offers many choices. Within walking distance of the ferry landing is Crescent Beach, which is divided into three parts: the Fredrick J. Benson Beach, Scotch Beach, and Mansion Beach which is positioned beneath cliffs and the stone walls of a vanished mansion. The beach has lifeguards and restrooms. Food is available from nearby Old Harbor restaurants and concessions. Parking and beach admission are free.
- Bicycle in either north or south direction on quiet roads. Bring your bicycle on the ferry or rent one from any of the local shops. The northern part is mostly flat with easy access to the beaches. The southern part has more rolling hills between farmland and along the cliffs.
- Block Island Parasail & Watersports, Old Harbor Dock, +1 401-864-2474, http://www.blockislandparasail.com. This provides an abundance of fun and diverse watersport activities such as banana boat rides, parasailing, jet boat rentals, sunset cruises and island tours.
- Boating Charter boats are available for deep-sea fishing or you can simply cast your line in the surf. The 365 freshwater ponds are home to bass, perch, and pickerel. You can snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, or parasail.
- Block Island Fishing Charters, LLC, Old Harbor Commercial Dock, +1 401-466-9725, http://www.blockislandfishingcharters.net. Inshore and offshore trips for experienced anglers and newcomers alike. Target striped bass, blues, fluke & gamefish with licensed, professional captain. Nighttime trophy bass trips and island tours also offered.
- Children's activities include a story hour at the library, Nature Conservancy hikes, and a petting zoo.
- Hiking on The Greenway. More than 40% of Block Island is protected as open space. Both the Nature Conservancy and the Block Island Conservancy have been instrumental in these preservation efforts. As a result, Block Island retains its rural and undeveloped character. Hikers can enjoy 25 miles of trails through grassy meadows, stone walls, inland moors and Mohegan Bluffs. The main Greenway trail runs from the Great Salt Pond south to Rodman's Hollow and the south shore. A 2nd trail system starts on Payne Rd. west to Fresh Pond and then connects to the Rodman's Hollow trails. The 3rd major trail system is Clay Head Trail, starting in the north end of the island off Sachem Pond and following the bluffs of the north-east coast. In the center of the trail are the Mazes, a series of trails through woods and brush. The Clay Head Trail can be accessed at three points on Corn Neck Rd. A map of the trails is available from the Nature Conservancy and can be bought in many island stores.
- Bird Watching. Block Island is a hotspot during Spring and Fall migration as it is on the eastern flyway. During the breeding season, Northern Harrier and Merlin patrol the skies while Eastern Towhee and Gray Catbird are common in the thickets.
- Rustic Rides Horse Farm, 1173 West Side Rd., +1 401-466-5060. Provides guided horseback rides on the beach, pony rides for children, and carriage rides for weddings and other special events.
- The Empire Theater, 17 Water St., +1 401-466-2555, http://www.empiretheaterblockisland.com. The Empire Theater may be the best and worst place to see a movie, because it is one of the oldest in all of Rhode Island. The theater is one screen and it shows two films a night, on days that it is raining it will show its “Rainy Day Matinee”. If you are going to the Empire Theater for a strictly viewing experience, then you are going for the wrong reasons. The Empire Theater is like stepping into a movie theater time machine, before there was stadium seating and massive screens. Instead, the seats are on a flat surface and the screen rolls down over a stage right after the musical entertainment is over, which consists of man or woman playing the piano as viewers file in. Throughout the entire film, you really get that “Old School” theater feel as you watch. It is strongly recommended that you do get there early enough to get a good seat, because the viewing from some areas is pretty poor, but overall the experience is worth it, especially to true theater buffs.
- Ball O'Brien Park, West Side Rd.,. A playground that welcomes visitors, and offers a basketball court, tennis courts, a swing set, slide, jungle gym, and plenty of grass for kids to run around on and for families to enjoy shady picnics.
Lucky for anyone with a love of shopping, Block Island is filled with quaint little gift shops:
- Star Department Store, 1 Water St., +1 401-466-5541. This old-fashioned general store has everything any traveler could want. Clothing, candy, and jewelry; this store is a fun filled stop for many visitors to the island.
- Full Moon Tide, 459 Chapel St., +1 401-466-5666, http://www.fullmoontide.com. Full Moon Tide offers an eclectic combination of housewares, giftware, sportswear, jewelry handmade soaps and menswear. Don't miss the unique array of Block Island photographs and funky accessories.
- Block Island T's, Water St., +1 401-466-5977. Great tourist shop to buy BI and RI memorabilia.
- B-Eyes Sunglass Shop, 227 Water Street, +1 401-466-8676. Be prepared for the sun! Great sunglass shop with designer and fashion sunglasses.
- The Bird's Nest, 233 Dodge St., +1 401-466-5080. This is a great store to find gifts for others! The store specializes in things for the home, from curtains to specialty dinnerware.
- Block Island Trading Co., Water St., +1 401-859-1524, http://www.blockislandtradingcompany.com. This store has items from around the world with a great variety of unique jewelry from shell rings to feather earrings.
- Bonnie and Clyde, 53 Water St., +1 401-466-8895. This women's boutique is the perfect place to buy an island sundress or indulge in the latest fashion trends.
- Diamond Blue Surf Shop, 442 Dodge St., +1 401-466-3145, http://www.diamondbluebi.com. The place on the island to get all of your surf apparel. Diamond Blue has styles from, Roxy, Billabong, along with gear for any water sport.
- Beachcomber, 64 Dodge Street, +1 401-466-2777. Private company, sells woman's clothing.
- Block Island Blankets, P.O. Box 6, +1 401-466-2624. This shop makes and sells a great variety of high quality baby blankets.
- Block Island Fishworks, 40 Ocean Ave., +1 401-466-5392, http://www.bifishworks.com. The Block Island Headquarters for Fly Fishing, Light Tackle, and all of your fishing needs. The only full service tackle shop that offers local, knowledgeable Charter Captains & Guides. IGFA certified, USCG Licensed, and insured.
- Block Island Grocery, 242 Ocean Ave., +1 401-466-2949. Block Island's grocery store.
- Block Island Health & General Store, High St., +1 401-466-5825. This store stocks goods you'd expect to find in a mainland pharmacy (except prescriptions): snacks and beverages, beach supplies, sundries, and a huge selection of video/dvd rentals. Greeting cards and art supplies, too. Plus vitamins, cosmetics, small appliances, batteries, film, cameras, flashlights, etc. The store is also a R.I. lottery agent and offers Western Union, fax services, and an ATM.
- Block Island Sport Shop, 224 Water St., +1 401-466-5001, http://www.blockislandsport.com. The island's source for sporting goods. You won't be disappointed. Owner-manager has decades of experience.
- Building Blocks, 232 Water St., +1 401-466-8697. A great toy store on Block Island, featuring favorite brands like Lego, Melissa & Doug, Playmobil, in addition to exciting specialty toys.
- Emerald Isle Traders, 232 Water St., +1 401-466-5069. This is your Block Island stop for unique Irish and Celtic themed gifts imported from Ireland.
- Footprints, 227 Water St., +1 401-466-5123. Clothing for swimming, sunning & surfing. Large selection of bathing suits for women and children; board shorts and swim trunks for men.
- The Glass Onion, 241 Water St., +1 401-466-5161. The antique facade of this landmark store has inspired artists and photographers for decades. Boutique of the unique!
- Golddiggers Jewelry, 90 Chapel St., +1 401-466-2611, http://www.blockislandgolddiggers.com. Unique, affordable jewelry,'Best of Rhode Island' winner~ 2009 "America's Best Jeweler", Chosen "One of the 'Ten great things not to miss on Block Island'!
- Jennifer's Jewelry, 207 Water St., +1 401-466-7944, http://jennifers-jewelry.myshopify.com. After 15 years in the cute little shop on Dodge Street, jeweler Jennifer Milner opened a bigger shop below the Harborside Inn along Water Street.
- Lazy Fish, 267 Dodge St., +1 401-497-3526. A wonderful old storefront on Dodge Street is home to one of the few island antique stores.
- Sandpiper, 224 Water St., +1 401-466-2722. On the first floor of the Seaside Marketplace, the Sandpiper offers an eclectic selection of gifts and clothing, featuring Fresh Produce Sportswear.
- Seaside Market, 224 Water St., +1 401-466-5876. Block Island's deli and grocery.
- WaterColors, 60 Dodge St., +1 401-466-2538. This inviting store is known for its large selection of jewelry, ranging from real sea glass to hand-wrought sterling with semi-precious stones.
- Wave, 53 Water St., +1 401-466-8822. This resort shop features the best quality clothing, sportswear, hats and accessories at prices that match and often beat mainland pricing.
- Papa Pizzeria, 442 Corn Neck Rd. +1 401-466-9939. The only pizza delivery on the island! Papa Pizzeria serves up a wide variety of pizza's, subs, salads, and appetizers.
- Three Sisters, 143 Old Town Rd., +1 401-466-9661. Three Sisters specializes in sandwiches. All of their ingredients are fresh and organic. It is also a great place to grab sandwiches before heading to the beach.
- Old Post Office Bagel Shop, 123 Ocean Ave., +1 401-466-5959. Fresh bagels are made and served daily. The shop also offers breakfast items like bacon, egg, and cheese, and lunch options like a turkey club on a bagel.
- Finn's Seafood, 212 Water St., +1 401-466-2473, http://www.finnsseafood.com. Located in the Old Harbor ferry parking lot. Best lobster roll on the island.
- Rebecca's Seafood Takeout, 435 Water St., +1 401-466-5411, http://www.rebeccasseafood.com. Serving breakfast, lunch dinner and a special late night menu. Fresh local fish, (specials tuna + mahi-mahi when in season) from local fisherman, land lovers menu chowder, clam cakes, salads, and burgers. Eat inside or outside. Also, visit Rebecca's on the Beach and Rebecca's on the Dockside. When going to Block Island most vacationers head straight for the Fred Benson Town Beach, after hours of swimming, tanning, and playing on the beach vacationers often get pretty hungry and there is no better place to grab a burger and fries than Rebecca’s on the beach. Not only are the burgers delicious, but buying a burger and fries at Rebecca’s may be the best value on the entire island. Along with burgers and fries many other great foods are available as well including hot dogs, grilled tuna, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, ice cream and much more.
- The Beachhead, 596 Corn Neck Rd., +1 401-466-2249, http://www.beacheadbi.com. Contains a very diverse menu from cheeseburgers to seafood entrees.
- Harbor Grill, 41 Water St., +1 401-466-2828, http://theharborgrillbi.weebly.com. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner overlooking Old Harbor. Affordable wine list, nightly salad bar, fresh seafood, convenient location.
- Mohegan Cafe & Brewery, 213 Water St., Phone: +1 401-466-5911, http://www.mohegancafebrewery.com. House brewed beer in a family atmosphere. Menu includes wide range of burgers, vegetarian options, Tex-Mex and Asian options. Enjoy A/C in the heart of Old Harbor.
- The Oar, 221 Jobs Hill Rd., +1 401-466-8820. Buffet breakfast and full-service lunch and dinner, including grilled swordfish, sirloin, fried chicken, nachos, lobster rolls, and calamari.
- Hotel Manisses Restaurant, 251 Spring St., +1 401-466-9898, http://hotelmanisses.com/manisses-dining-menu/. Contains an a la carte menu featuring fresh seafood, beef & poultry,succulent appetizers & mouth watering homemade desserts.
- Winfield's, 214 Corn Neck Rd.,+1 401-466-5856, http://winfieldsbi.com/. Contains a menu influenced by French, Italian, American and Asian cuisines.
- Aldo's Bakery, 130 Weldon's Way, +1 401-466-2198, http://www.aldosbakery.com. Best Italian desserts, including gelato on the island.
- Ben & Jerry's at the Seaside Market, 224 Water St, +1 401-466-5430, http://www.benjerry.com. A longtime favorite.
- Blocks of Fudge, 459 Chapel St, +1 401-466-5196. Best fudge on the island.
- Chapel Sweets, 130 Chapel St, +1 401-466-2672, http://www.chapelsweets.com. Block Island's candy store.
- Ice Cream Place, 232 Water St. +1 401-466-2145. Block Island's ice cream place.
- Pop on the Block, 459 Chapel St, +1 800-767-9781, http://www.popontheblock.com. Block Island's popcorn store.
- Captain Nick’s , 34 Ocean Ave, +1 401-466-5670, http://www.captainnicksbi.com. Piano bar, dance floor, dollar beers, drink specials, live bands, DJs, and Monday Disco nights.
- Club Soda, 35 Connecticut Ave, +1 401-466-5397, http://www.clubsodabi.us. Where the locals hang out. Pub food year round, open mic night, karaoke, and unique island ambiance.
- Yellow Kittens, 214 Corn Neck Rd, +1 401-466-5855, http://yellowkittens.com. Sunday night is reggae night! There's a cover, but they always reel in really good live reggae artists. Darts, pool, outside deck, dreadlocks.
- Atlantic Inn, High St., +1 401-466-5883 or Toll Free +1 800-224-7422. http://www.atlanticinn.com. This hotel is within walking distance from Old Harbor. The Atlantic Inn is a perfect place to lodge if you're desiring peace and quiet, scenic views and delectable food.
- Ballard's, 42 Water St.,+1 401-466-2231 or Toll Free +1 844-405-3275. http://www.ballardsbi.com. If you are yearning for excitement on Block Island, Ballard's is the place to stay. Ballard's is in the center of it all, just feet from the ocean, and a very short walk from the Island’s shops, restaurants, pubs, and ferry boats. Not only is it a great place for those looking to let loose, but it is also a wonderful place to lodge for a family vacation. Ballard's is very child friendly by comprising an arcade, a toy shop, and lifeguards on the beach.
- Blue Dory Inn, 61 Dodge St., +1 401-466-5891 or +1 800-992-7290. http://blockislandinns.com/blue-dory-inn.html. Beautiful Victorian style within a few feet of the sea, and has been newly renovated and has been said to be Block Island's most romantic Bed and Breakfast!
- The Inn at Block Island, 474 Old Town Rd., +1 401-466-5524 or Toll Free +1 877-324-4667. http://www.theinnatblockisland.com/accommodations/inn-block-island.php. The Inn at Block Island is known for its warmth and hospitality. The Inn is a century old Colonial situated on a knoll in Old Harbor. It was built in 1900 for a sea captain and his family and converted to a B&B in the 1980’s. The Inn offers 9 rooms and a cottage, all with private baths, air conditioning, some with private entrances and ocean views. Located on the left just past Chapel Street on Old Town Road. It is convenient to both Old Harbor and New Harbor, the airport, town, beach and ferry.
- Barrington Inn, 584 Beach Ave.,+1 401-466-5524 or Toll-Free +1 877-324-4667. http://www.theinnatblockisland.com/accommodations/barrington-inn.php. The Barrington Inn is on a hilltop overlooking the New Harbor area. The mood is quiet and welcoming. The Inn offers six rooms and two apartments with private baths, decks and ocean views. The Inn is in walking distance to the town, beach and ferry. The Barrington Inn is situated on the corner of Beach and Ocean Avenue. It is convenient to both Old Harbor and New Harbor, the airport, town, beach and ferry.
- Hotel Manisses, 251 Spring St., +1 401-466-9818 or Toll Free +1 844-405-3275. http://hotelmanisses.com. This boutique hotel is completely renovated with modern luxuries.
- Jane Marie Cottage, 209 Old Town Road, +1 401-466-5524 or Toll Free +1 877-324-4667. http://www.theinnatblockisland.com/accommodations/jane-marie-cottage.php. The Jane Marie Cottage is a 7 bedroom home tucked away in quiet setting off Old Town Road. It can comfortably accommodate up to eighteen people. It is perfect for a family in town for that special Block Island wedding or family gathering. The cottage is rented by the week during the summer months from June to September and by the night September to May.
- The Bellevue House, 356 High St., +1401-466-2912 or Toll Free +1800-232-5015. http://www.blockislandbedandbreakfast.com/agents/bellevue-house/. The bed and breakfast is charismatic, the location is idyllic, and the views are pleasant. The location is more private by being set on a hill a little out of town which is ideal if you are looking to stay away from commotion. However, it is in easy walking distance to all attractions.
- The Narragansett Inn, 1 Ocean Ave., +1 401-466-2626, http://www.narragansettinn.net. Beautiful old Victorian Hotel located right on the water. Basic & affordable accommodations with shared bath and private bath options. (Shared bath options require a bathrobe and beach cover up.)
- The National Hotel, 36 Water St., +1 401-466-2901 or Toll Free +1 800-225-2449. http://www.nationalri.com. The National Hotel is a landmark of Block Island, and it is in the heart of the historic district and is just minutes from the restaurants, beaches, shops and ferries. The rooms overlook the docks and enclose a very beautiful New England atmosphere.
- New Shoreham House Inn, 53 Water Street., +1 401-2664 or Toll Free +1 800-825-6254. http://www.blockislandreservations.com/accommodations/new-shoreham-house/. The New Shoreham House Inn is a shared bath inn with competitive prices located directly across the street from the Old Harbor Ferry Landing. Easy walking to beaches, shops and restaurants. Deck overlooks town and Old Harbor. Bring your bathrobe and beach cover up!
- The Surf Hotel, 32 Dodge St., +1 401-466-2241, http://www.thesurfhotelbi.com. This Victorian hotel is directly in front of the beach, and has shared bathrooms, so bring your bathrobe and beach cover up!
- Old Bakery Guest House, Water Street., +1 466-5504 or Toll Free +1800-825-6254. http://www.blockislandreservations.com/accommodations/old-bakery-guest-house/. The Old Bakery is on Water Street in the historic district of Old Harbor. This quaint seaside guest house has two suites. The ocean view two bedroom suite and the island view two bedroom suite. Both have access to a large ocean view deck.
- Old Town Inn, 508 Old Town Rd, +1 401-466-5958, http://www.oldtowninnbi.com. This inn has a charm of a Bed and Breakfast with the feel of an Inn. Located out of town and just down the road from the airport, which is very convenient.
- The Spring House Hotel, 52 Spring St., +1 466-5844, http://www.springhouseblockisland.com. The Spring House Hotel is the most elegantly recognized historic landmark on Block Island. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island foothills. A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning. The Spring House Hotel is preferred by many famous celebrities.
- Harborside Inn, 213 Water St., +1 466-5504 or Toll Free +1 800-825-6254.http://www.blockislandreservations.com/accommodations/harborside-inn/. This historic inn is located across the street from the ferry landing in Old Harbor. The Harborside Inn offers quaint seaside charm with the convenient location in the center of town. Wireless internet, luggage storage also available for guests.
- Island Manor Resort, 215 Chapel St., +1 401-466-5567, http://www.islandmanorresort.com. Great place to stay for a family vacation. It is in walking distance to Captain Nick’s and all of the lovely shops.
- Water Street Inn, 213 Water St., +1 401-466-2605 or +1 800-825-6254. http://www.blockislandreservations.com/accommodations/water-street-inn/. The Water Street Inn offers rooms with private bathrooms, ceiling fans and small refrigerator. Some rooms offer views of the ocean while others include air conditioning. Recently renovated and located in the historic district. Walk to beaches, shops and restaurants.
- Sea Breeze, 71 Spring St., +1 401-466-2275, http://www.seabreezeblockisland.com. Lovely perennial gardens, ocean views and authentic island charm. Quietly situated within a short walk from town, restaurants, and ferries in Old Harbor. Fresh continental breakfast included.
- The Sullivan House, Corn Neck Road, +1 401-466-5020, http://www.thesullivanhouse.com. Boutique hotel with stunning views, historic elegance and modern comfort. Private location, on Crescent Beach and within walking distance to town. Elegance, natural beauty and fine cuisine.
- Avonlea, Jewel of the Sea, 597 Corn Neck Rd., +1 401-466-5892 or Toll Free +1 800-992-7290. http://www.blockislandinns.com/avonlea.html. Newly renovated beach house in the heart of Block Island offering beachfront access, ocean views, complimentary breakfast buffet and happy hour served daily.
Block Island is by and large a very safe locale, but as with any place, there are certain precautions you can and should take to stay out of harm's way. The most common causes of injury on Block Island are careless bicycle and moped riders. If you plan on renting bikes or mopeds, make sure that you wear your helmets, follow the rules of the road, and absolutely do not drink while operating them. Just be aware that other vacationers might not follow these guidelines, and stay alert when on main roads. When on the beach, it's wise to wear sunscreen and exercise care when swimming. Block Island's waters are usually calm, but riptides are not unheard of and swimmers have been known to come across the occasional jellyfish. While there is a limited amount of crime that occurs on Block Island, there are still precautions you should take in order to keep you, your friends and your family safe. Be aware that because Block Island is still a tourist attraction, there are some instances of drunken disorderly conduct, minor bar fights and some petty theft. This is restricted almost entirely to the late night bar scene and major holidays. Other than that, Block Island is incredibly safe for your family and friends.
Most travel to Block Island through maritime means. Another important matter is boating safety. Folks should, of course, always have U.S. Coastguard-approved personal flotation devices, both on shore and off shore vests, on their vessels. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher on board your vessel in case of emergency fire. Children must always wear fitting personal flotation devices when on the water. Vessels must be registered and have a hull ID. Remember to use caution and always follow the navigation rules as per the handbook of Rhode Island Boating Laws & Responsibilities. Be aware of possible weather emergencies too.
Leaving Block Island
There are 2 ferry services for Block Island that go to and from Narragansett, Point Judith every day of the week and throughout the year, the high-speed ferry and the traditional ferry. Both ferries allow for roll-on/roll-off. There is also a ferry that travels to Newport, RI and New London, CT every week, but only operates during the summer months. For more information, see the heading in section.
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