Block Island



If you're looking to get away from it all without leaving civilization entirely, Block Island is for you. The population swells in the summer, but Block Island has resisted the kind of rampant overdevelopment that can turn a pleasant hideaway into something closer to a theme park. (To avoid the crowds, go in May or October.)

Most visitors spend their time lying on the beach or fishing from the breakwater, but there are some sights to see on the island, including Settlers' Rock, inscribed with the names of the island's first colonists, and Mohegan Bluffs, which offer great ocean views. Two historic lighthouses overlook the waters—the Southeast Lighthouse and the North Light. The North Light is situated in a national wildlife sanctuary that's home to more than 40 rare and endangered species.

Ferry service to Block Island is available year-round from Point Judith and in peak season from Newport, Montauk (New York) and New London (Connecticut). (If you're transporting a car during the peak summer season, you'll need to make reservations at least a month in advance: Phone 401-783-4613.) There are flights from the airport in Westerly and occasional charters from the Warwick airport (south of Providence). Rental cars are available on the island, but most visitors walk or rent mopeds or bicycles. 45 mi/75 km south of Providence.

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