Welcome to Block Island
A relaxing island escape with breathtaking beaches and a lively downtown.
Block Island is a beautiful island where the pace of life slows down, promoting a relaxing coastal atmosphere that makes it a great community to be a part of. Located off Rhode Island’s southern coast, the island can be reached via the Block Island Ferry, taking off from Point Judith. The island can be reached in one hour or a brief 30 minutes on the high-speed ferry. If you know, you will be bringing your car, book ahead of time to reserve a spot.
Around 1,000 residents call the island home year-round, with many more staying seasonally during the warmer months. Luxurious homes abound with Cape, Cottage, Victorian, and Contemporary styles; many of these houses have waterfront access. The small but bustling downtown along Water and Dodge Streets offers plenty of great places to eat, shop, and have a good time. In July and August, bring a chair and blanket, and get ready for a good time at Blues on the Block, a fun concert series held on Wednesday evenings at Block Island Beach.
What to Love
- A relaxing island retreat with luxurious homes
- Spectacular beaches, coves, and green spaces
- A boater’s paradise for yachting, sailing, or fishing
- Charming and lively downtown with great places to eat
Block Island exudes tranquil island living in a relaxing setting where many homes have coastal views. Most of the island consists of open natural spaces, yet the quaint downtown has a fun and energetic vibe with many great eateries, bars, and shops.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Block Island has a surprisingly large number of restaurants, cafes, bars, and boutique-style shops in the tiny downtown area. A majority of the locals are seasonal, and so are several of the places to eat and drink. Persephone’s Kitchen is a quaint eatery and coffee shop that is a great place to grab coffee and a delicious breakfast sandwich, toast, or bowl to start your day. The Oar is a casual spot right along the waterfront serving American fare such as steaks and seafood, with a serene bay view. In the center of the island’s downtown is the Victorian The National Hotel, where diners can enjoy New England cuisine sourcing fresh seafood from the local waters.
At Three Sisters, this tiny shop is adorable and has incredible sandwiches and salads that you can enjoy on one of the outdoor picnic tables or take to go to enjoy at the beach. For a fun and casual spot, Yellow Kittens is a local favorite for appetizers, burgers, Mexican food, and great cocktails. On the weekends, it is a hot spot for listening to live music and hanging out with fellow islanders.
Besides frequenting stores in the lovely downtown, locals look forward to shopping at the Block Island Farmers' Market. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning from June to October, come in search of fresh produce, baked goods, soaps, and even shellfish at Legion Park.
Things to Do
Block Island, especially in the warmer months, is a pure paradise with numerous outdoor activities. Fishing is a popular sport whether you wish to fish along the shore or head out on a boat. There is no shortage of stunning beaches to lounge on, play volleyball, walk along the shoreline, or swim in the ocean. Top beaches include Ballard’s Beach, Mansion Beach, Crescent Beach, and Fred Benson Town Beach.
Stretch your legs and walk along the Mohegan Bluffs for breathtaking views 200 feet above the beach. Make your way down the staircase and be treated to a beautiful sandy beach worth the climb. Hop on a bike for a scenic ride to the Block Island North Lighthouse with a museum or the Block Island Southeast Lighthouse, which has a museum, gift shop, and tours up the tower.
A fun addition to the list of activities on the island is the Glass Float Project. Over 500 small glass-blown orbs or floats are hidden across the beaches and green spaces on the island, inspiring a treasure hunt.
Block Island has one first-rate school on the island served by the New Shoreham School District.