12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, lies this untouched island-escape that’ll have you thinking you’ve ended up in Ireland, with its lush green rolling hills, 365 clear-water ponds, and dramatic clay bluffs overlooking the ocean.
As for sightseeing, all there really is is the Block Island Historical Society Museum and the two lighthouses on either end of the island. Other than that, there’s nothing left to do but to enjoy the ocean breeze, pedal around the island, and hang out on the beach. Given the 17 miles of free public beaches, you should have no problem finding a perfect spot. Two beaches (Pebbly Beach and Crescent Beach) have lifeguards, concessions, and rental facilities, while other more remote beaches like those at the ends of dirt roads (check out Corn Neck Road or West Side Road) offer a bit more solitude.
Fears of over-development in the 80s led residents to found a land trust, and as a result of this local group and the Nature Conservancy, over 30% of the island are protected in their pristine natural beauty. The best way to explore the island is by bike or moped. There are 30 miles of paved roads, including one that snakes its way along the coastline of the island. A system of trails called the Greenway are great for hiking. Either way, make sure to head over to the Mohegan Bluffs, named for the Native American tribe that tried to take the island from the Niantics. The bluffs provide a breathtaking view of the ocean and also lead to one of the island’s favorite (though slightly challenging to reach) beaches.
In town, you’ll find charming old Victorian buildings and a variety of restaurants (without a single franchised eatery or shop). And unlike some of New England’s more well-known islands, the atmosphere here on Block Island is always laid-back. Shorts and a t-shirt will do just fine at any of the local dining establishments.
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