Island Events & Attractions

Vaill Beach

Rocky but private, Vaill Beach is very secluded and is a good place for beach combing, finding glass floats and surfing.  Surf here is rough and rocks line the shallows, so swimmers should exercise caution.  Vaill Beach enjoys some of the island’s best sunsets, and has excellent views of the new Block Island Windfarm turbines. Beach access is as easy as it gets on this side of the island, a path that winds down to the bottom of a hollow, and is shorter than the nearby Bluff stairs. You’ll find the path at the bend in Snake Hole Road right across from the famous Painted Rock, a landmark boulder that visitors paint and repaint with messages ranging from wedding proposals to the absurd. (During the summer, it receives a facelift every week or so -- sometimes more -- so it’s not an exaggeration to say that it’s been painted hundreds or even thousands of times over the past 50 years.) Note that parking is minimal and no mopeds are allowed on the dirt path. 

January 1, 2024 - January 1, 2025
Vaill Beach
Mohegan Trail
Block Island, RI 02807