Exclusive but not so terribly elusive, the offshore enclave of Block Island is a treasured piece of coastal refuge just a short ferry ride from mainland Rhode Island.
One of the most coveted strips of real estate in America’s northern Atlantic Ocean, this is a place where the pace of life slows down tremendously as visitors and residents alike enjoy communing with wildlife while enjoying everything a real-life small beach town has to offer.
Lovingly known by its aboriginal moniker of Manisses — a Narraganset word meaning “Manitou’s Little Island” — Block Island is home to a modest population of just over one thousand people. Those numbers do tend to swell in the summer months when the warm Gulf Stream waters welcome bathers and frolickers of all kinds. Hike and wildlife-watch from one end of the 9.73 square mile island to the other along the several greenway trails that lead to glorious windswept oceanside vistas. Meander about the picturesque Mohegan Bluffs and end up at the postcard-perfect Southeast Lighthouse. Hit up the main part of New Shoreham for loads of beachy shopping, ice cream shops and art galleries. Take part in the many fun events like the Fourth of July celebration or yacht races. Or just enjoy the surf in lovely spots like Crescent Beach.