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Block Island Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 63 photos

No traffic jams (hardly any cars), no private beaches..... So far no movie moguls or vacationing presidents like nearby Martha's Vineyard. Most visitors are more interested in scenery than in a trendy scene: Stone walls, bayberry-lined hiking trails, roses on the beach, beautiful cliff vistas and natural undisturbed grasslands....

Block Island is one of several islands off the southern coast of New England. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are larger and more famous ones. It is located 12 miles south of the Rhode Island coast, and 12 miles east of Long Island, NY.

I took the 'high speed ferry' from Point Judith, RI for a daytrip. Given the option of renting cars, bicycles or mopeds while I was there, I chose to walk for the six hours I was on the island.


Block Island was originally inhabited by a tribe of Indians who called it "Manisses" or "Isle of the Little God." In 1524, on his way to what he hoped was Asia, the Italian explorer Verrazano spied the small island and called it "Claudia", after the mother of the French king under whose flag he sailed. Before the name could catch on, along cruised Adriaen Block, a Dutch navigator, who in 1614 charted the island's location dubbing it "Adriaen's Eylant". And so it came to be called Block Island, in honor of Adriaen Block.

  • Last visit to Block Island: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2004 at 2:18 PM

    After looking at the Island Webb sight and hearing what you said about this "Block", I think this would be a not so far away place to spend a few days. Need to look at places to stay. Got any good ideas?

  • Jul 27, 2004 at 10:55 AM

    Ive been going to Block Island since I was 5 yrs old. Took some years off for school and start family and have been returning since 1986 or so. A half mile out of Old Harbor and there are just bikes and walkers, beaches and Greenway trails.

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2003 at 3:27 AM

    Nice page about a corner of the world I am gradually learning about. Thanx.

  • egonwegh's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2002 at 4:49 AM

    Hey, that's great! Everyone knows California, but I had never given the east coast beaches much thought ...

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2002 at 4:00 PM

    Only a 12 min flight? not worth it - I'd take the ferry too but don't need the Dramamine:-)

  • Aug 16, 2002 at 4:05 AM

    odd choice of tourist trap

  • soccergrrl's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2002 at 2:22 PM

    Photo of BI graveyard above my desk at work!

  • MURRA's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2002 at 12:01 PM

    good new england info

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2002 at 8:44 AM

    Wings was a great show!

  • Jul 17, 2002 at 10:08 PM

    Looks great,nice wee town:))))


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