Logo   Block Island, Rhode Island Travel Guide
A short ferryboat voyage or even shorter plane flight takes you to this delightful Rhode Island island for hiking, bicycling, beaches, and memorable experiences.





Block Island, 13 miles (21 km) south of the South County shore of Rhode Island (map), is eminently manageable, being only seven miles (11 km) long at its longest point.

You can enjoy a lot of the island on a day trip, more if you stay overnight, and all of it if you stay for a week, perhaps in a Victorian-era hotel or vacation rental apartment.

The voyage to Block Island is pleasant enough, with plenty of room to sun on the top-deck benches, and a small bar and snack counter on board.

As you approach Block Island, the character of the place becomes clear: sand dunes and white cliffs, low shrubs and grass with a few trees, ponds, and hillocks (highest point on the island is 211 feet/64 meters above sea level). And beaches all around!

Old Harbor & New Harbor

Block Island, officially incorporated as the town of New Shoreham RI in 1672 (here's more history), has two settlements. Old Harbor is the larger, with docks for the ferries from Galilee/Point Judith RI and New London CT; and New Harbor, with several marinas, and the dock for ferries from Montauk (Long Island) NY. More...


Block Island Map


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The big old hotels come right down to the harbor in Old Harbor, presenting a proud first view of the island to visitors arriving on the ferries.

Several of the hotels have vans which will be waiting at the dock to pick up passengers who have reservations, or those who want a room but have not reserved.

Most of the island's buildings— houses as well as hotels— date from the late 1800s or early 1900s. More...

Most of Block Island's roads, excepting the paved main road around the island, are rough and sandy (nobody has to be in a hurry to get quickly from one end of the island to the other).

A bicycle tour is the favored way to see the island. More...

On Block Island the pace is relaxed, and islanders have a strong sense of community. Here's how it got that way.

Here's what to see and do on Block Island.

—by Tom Brosnahan

What to See & Do

Getting to Block Island

Block Island Hotels & Inns

Block Island History

Tourist Information

Point Judith & Galilee

South County RI



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Old Harbor, Block Island RI

Old Harbor, Block Island: arrive by ferry, walk to the beach, spend the day or stay the night at a marvelous Victorian-era hotel.

Fred Benson Town Beach, Block Island RI

Fred Benson Town Beach.

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