Block Island features 17 miles of pristine beaches, protected by
lighthouses and spectacular bluffs, and surrounded by rolling roads and
winding paths. Many of the beaches encompassing the island are isolated
and nearly untouched providing breathtaking views and utmost
Two-and-one-half miles of some of New England's
finest beach front can be found at Crescent Beach. Crescent Beach
stretches along the Island's east coast from Old Harbor (where the
ferries dock) to Clay Head. It connects Surf beach and Baby beach to the south with
Scotch and Mansion beaches, to the north.
Block Island has
been called the "Bermuda of the North," so it is only fitting that most
visitors choose bicycles or mopeds as their primary form of island
transportation. Many beach-goers find it easy to walk straight to the
beach from the ferry landing, or rent a bike or moped to explore the
beach further out.
Admission to all beaches, as well as parking, is free.
The Frederick J.Benson Pavillion, also known as the "Town Beach" is located at the heart of Crescent beach. It has a
fully operated concession stand and visitors may also rent chairs,
cabanas, umbrellas and boogie boards. There are lifeguards, showers and
bathroom facilities as well.