boats on the water at sunset

Exploring to Block Island

Thanks to its quaint villages,  gorgeous, pastoral scenery and solitary location off the coast of Rhode Island, Block Island is favorite cruising destination among Northeast boaters.

This beautiful island is located 14 miles east of Montauk, Long Island, and 12 miles south of Port Judith, Rhode Island. Conservation efforts by the island’s residents help Block Island preserve its natural beauty and protect it from overdevelopment. The result is a stunning destination where visitors enjoy scenic bike rides, peaceful hikes and fun paddling adventures.

The island is home to two harbors.

  • The main harbor, Great Salt Pond, is the primary landing spot for visiting boaters. In Great Salt Pond, the town of New Harbor maintains 90 transient moorings that are first-come, first-served. There are also several marinas with slips and moorings. Champlin’s (www.champlinsresort.com; 800-762-4541; VHF 68) is a hotel, resort and marina with 220 slips. It has a dockside restaurant, plus amenities such as gas and diesel, bike and moped rentals, kayak rentals and more. Block Island Boat Basin (www.blockislandboatbasin.com; 401-466-2631; VHF 9) has 85 transient slips, and it is home to the popular Oar Restaurant and Bar. Payne’s New Harbor Dock (401-466-5572) has slip space for 100 boats on fixed piers. The town also maintains a large anchorage east of the main channel. Contact the New Harbor harbormaster (401-466-3204, VHF 12) for information.
  • Over in Block Island’s other harbor, Old Harbor, the town offers dock space for 60 boats. Boaters can also find anchorage in the far western corner of the harbor. Call the Old Harbor harbormaster (401-466-3235) for information on anchoring there.

Block Island visitors can explore the island from the water by kayak or from the land via moped, bike or hiking. Kayak rentals are available at Pond and Beyond Kayak (www.pondandbeyondkayak.com; 401-578-2773). You can also rent kayaks, mopeds and bikes, at Champlin’s.

Mopeds and bikes are also available at Boat Basin Car and Bike Rental (401-466-5811) and Island Bike and Moped (401-466-2700). Visitors can also explore the island’s quaint villages with their interesting, charming shops.

Block island is also home to several wonderful restaurants.

You can learn more about visiting Block Island at http://www.blockislandchamber.com/