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Andy's Way
West Beach
Coast Guard Beach
Charlestown Beach
Block Island Beaches
1.
Cow Cove
is near Settlers' Rock.
Although the shoreline is rocky, it offers
some of the best coastal views and also
sports the historic North Light. This is
not a place for swimming because of
a strong riptide. Be careful where you
walk too: the beach is a nesting area for
many rare birds.
2.
Mansion Beach
lies at the end of
a dirt road with the same name. The
island's most stately mansion once sat
here until fi re destroyed the house. It
was never rebuilt. However, the beach
fi ts the name by being one of the island's
grandest. Mansion marks the north end
of what's known as Crescent Beach.
3.
Scotch Beach
is a quarter mile north
of Fred Benson Town Beach. Scotch
is a sandbox for kids and the place
boaters end up when they cross Corn
Neck Road from Dinghy Beach. A small
parking lot sits between the road and
the dunes.
4.
Fred Benson Town Beach
is
home to Block Island's fully equipped
bathhouse. In addition to showers,
lockers, food, and rental items, the
beach is staffed with lifeguards in the
summer months.
5.
Baby Beach
is a well-sheltered beach-
front toward the south end of what's
known as Crescent Beach (Mansion
marks the north end), where children
can easily play in the shallow waters.
6.
Surf Beach,
named for The Surf Ho-
tel above it, is an ideal place to snorkel
and check out the abundant sea life,
such as small crabs and starfi sh, and
to hunt for shells and sand dollars. Surf
Beach marks the south end of what's
known as Crescent Beach.
7.
Ballard's Beach
is located on the
south side of the Old Harbor break-
water adjacent to Ballard's Inn and its
restaurant that serves on the beach.
Staffed with lifeguards throughout the
summer months, it is also a popular
destination for sunbathing, swimming,
and volleyball.
8.
Mohegan Bluffs
beachfront is
found at the bottom of a steep set of
stairs, 141 steps to be exact. It's pretty
treacherous going at the base of the
stairs, so take care. The payoff is a
secluded and spectacularly beautiful, if
rocky, place to swim and surf.
9.
Vaill Beach
is a large beach at the
bottom of a hollow. The path to it is
located at the bend in Snake Hole
Road. The surf here is rough and rocks
line the shallows, so swimmers should
exercise caution.
10.
Black Rock
boasts expanses of sand
and a series of coves at the base of a
cliff. Swimming is diffi cult because of the
large number of rocks, but it's a perfect
place for an oceanside hike. The area
takes its name from a large, dark rock
that rests offshore in about 15 feet of
water and has spelled the end for many
ships. Located a pace off the main road,
it's best to walk or bike to get there.
11.
Dinghy Beach,
also known as
Mosquito Beach, is located just across
the road from Scotch Beach, providing
a place for boaters in New Harbor to
tie up their rafts and dinghies. There
are majestic views of Great Salt Pond,
making it a good backdrop for photos.
12.
Andy's Way
is the island's premiere
clamming spot. Standing at the end of
a dirt road that bears the same name,
it's a good place to take a stroll. Just
north is Beane Point, U.S. Fish and
Wildlife property that is home to many
rare birds.
13.
West Beach
is narrow, but it's lightly
traffi cked and has gentle surf and stu-
pendous views of the North Light.
14.
Coast Guard Beach
is at the end
of Champlin Road and derives its name
from the decommissioned Coast Guard
station there. Don't swim here, but it's
a good place for clamming and fi shing.
15.
Charlestown Beach
is popular with
fi shermen because it has a long jetty at
its end. Typically uncrowded, it's a nice
spot to watch the boats come into New
Harbor.
16.
Grace's, Dorry's, and Cooney-
mus Coves
are secluded beaches on
the west side of the island. Perfect for
hikers and those looking for an out-of-
the-way spot to catch a sunset.
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