Block Island Directory

Block Island, nestled in the Atlantic 12 miles from coastal Rhode Island, offers the vacationer what does not seem possible anymore - simple relaxation in a startling beautiful place.  The Island is famous for its miles of free public beaches, sparkling clear waters, dramatic bluffs, preserved open spaces, and fun-filled activities for visitors of all ages.   Block Island has long been a haven for residents and visitors who have found here a quality of life that recalls the pleasures of a life that is simpler, slower, and somehow, more carefree.  It's no wonder that the Nature Conservancy has designated Block Island "One of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere."

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Baby Sitting

Ball O’Brien Park

  • This delightful public park is just a short walk from Champlin’s Marina on West Side Road.  It features a skate park, picnic pavilion, traditional play ground, basketball court and tennis courts.

Bank

  • Washington Trust:  401-466-7710

Basketball

  • Public basketball court is at the Ball O’Brien Park, a short distance from Champlin’s on West Side Road.

Beaches

  • Crescent Beach:  The main swimming beaches on Block Island run the Northeast side of the Island, starting in town and extending about three miles.  This whole stretch is referred to as Crescent Beach.  Within Crescent Beach, there are areas with their own name and vibe:  Baby Beach, Town/State Beach, First Path, Second Path, Third Path, Scotch Beach & Mansion Beach.  Parking is free all along the side of Corn Neck Road, just watch for the marked no parking areas.
  • Fred Benson Town Beach:  Located on the East side of Corn Neck Road, this is the only beach that offers services.  Bathrooms, showers, snack bar, chair & umbrella rentals are all available here.  Free parking.  This used to be State Beach (and you will sometimes still hear it referred to this way).
  • Andy’s Way:  Located on the West side of Corn Neck Road, this a shallow sandy area on Great Salt Pond.  You will find folks clamming here (you need a license).
  • Charleston:  Located on Champlin Road (also referred to as Coast Guard Road). This beach is an easy bike ride from Champlin’s Marina and is usually not crowded.  The water is rougher and rockier, but it’s a beautiful beach with sunset views.
  • Coast Guard Station:  Located at the end of Champlin Road (also referred to as Coast Guard Road).  The Old Coast Guard Station is run by the Town and is off limits to visitors.  However, there is beach access on the north side of the property - just follow the fence.  This is a great place to do some fishing and watch the boats come in and out of the harbor.  Parking is very limited here.  Please do not park on private property or block driveways or cars.
  • Graces Cove:  Located on the West side of the Island at the end of Grace’s Cove Road.  Great place to watch the sunset.  This beach is rocky and the water is rough. Parking is very limited here.  Please do not park on private property or block driveways or cars.
  • Dorries Cove: Located on the West side of the Island at the end of Dorries Cove Road.  Great place to watch the sunset.  This beach is rocky and the water is rough. Parking is very limited here.  Please do not park on private property or block driveways or cars.
  • Cooneymus:  Located on the West side of the Island at the end of Cooneymus Road.  Great place to watch the sunset.  This beach is rocky and the water is rough. Parking is very limited here.  Please do not park on private property or block driveways or cars.
  • Mohegan Bluffs:  Located on the South side of the Island.  This is the beach with “the stairs.”  There is a parking lot here and fabulous views of the bluffs and our famous offshore wind project.  Once you get to the bottom of the stairs, it’s a bit of a scramble for the last section.  So you do need to be somewhat agile to enjoy the beach here.
  • Black Rock:  Located on the South side of the Island.  This beach is off the beaten track.  It’s harder to find and you will often find surfers here.  Go down Black Rock Road (follow the dirt road at Painted Rock), just keep going - four wheel drive is a bonus and a good idea.  The beach access is not marked.   Please do not park on private property or block driveways or cars. 

Boat Charters

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Church Services

  • St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic:  401-466-5519
  • St. Anne’s-By-The-Sea Episcopla:  401-466-2911
  • Harbor Baptist Church:  401-466-5940
  • Sons & Daughters of Ruth Jewish:  401-466-2861

Clamming

  • A quintessential Block Island pastime.  You do need a license to go clamming.  You can get these at the Harbor Master’s Office at the Boat Basin.  You will need a photo ID.  Andy’s Way is a great place to start!

Conservation

  • One of the reasons that Block Island is such a special place all started back in the 1970s.  Block Island was one of the first communities in the US to utilize zoning and planned development in partnership with conservation organizations.  These partnerships have led to the Island’s character and we can now boast that over 50% of the Island is under some form of conservation.  The leading partners are the Block Island Conservancy and the Nature Conservation. 

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Doctor

  • Emergencies:  Please call 911.  We have a talented and dedicated volunteer EMT squad.  Our Medical Center is equipped to serve Urgent Care services and will arrange transport to the mainland if necessary.
  • Non-Emergencies:  Block Island Health Services - 401-466-2974

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Farmer’s Market

  • Spring House:  Wednesdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.
  • Legion Park:  Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.  

Fishing Supplies & Charters

  • Block Island Fishworks:  917-991-1730
  • Fish the World:  401-466-5254
  • Hula Charters:  401-263-3474
  • Rooster Fishing Charters: 401-439-5386
  • Sea-Dog Cruising: 917-991-1730

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Gas

  • Need gas for your boat?  We’ve got you covered right here at Champlin’s.
  • Need gas for your car?  M&C Gas Station is on Corn Neck Road behind McAloon’s Restaurant.  Full Service Only. 

Glass Float Project

  • Glass Floats:  When you are out on the beaches and nature trails, keep your eyes peeled for the famous hand blown glass globes.  Finders Keepers! www.blockislandinfo.com/island-events/glass-float-project-2022

Geo-Caching

  • Join the world’s largest treasure hunt!  There are a number of caches on the Island.  www.geocaching.com

Groceries

  • Block Island Grocery Store
  • Island Depot

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Hardware Store

Island Hardware & Supply  401-466-5831

Hiking & Walking Trails

  • Greenway Walking Trails:  These trails cover about 28  miles of the Island and are free and open to the public.  You will see turnstiles and ladders over stone walls for entrances to the paths.
  • A great description of the more popular trails can be found atwww.alltrails.com/us/rhode-island/block-island
  • Rodman’s Hollow - Cooneymus Road; ocean & pastoral views
  • Enchanted Forest - Mohegan Trail; pastoral views
  • Clayhead Trail & The Maze - Corn Neck Road; ocean & pastoral views
  • Sacred Labyrinth - Corn Neck Road; find your zen
  • Nature Conservancy:  www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/block-island/ 

Horseback Riding

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Island Points of Interest

  • North Light & Cow Cove
  • Settler’s Rock
  • Southeast Light
  • Block Island Historical Society
  • Island Free Library
  • Offshore Wind Turbines
  • Island Cemetery

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Library - Island Free Library:  401-466-3233 (closed Mondays)

  • This island treasure is a great place to stop by and visit.  They offer a great toddler room, public access computers, games, puzzles and loads of programming for adults and children.  Located in town.

Liquor Store

  • Block Island Grocery - Connecticut Avenue; Old Harbor Village area
  • Red Bird Package Store - Dodge Street; Old Harbor Village area

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Mail 

  • USPS:  Block Island does not have traditional home/business delivery of mail.  However, we do have a full-service post office in town.  Overnight mail is not guaranteed on the Island, but Priority Mail does work well.  New mail is usually available in the late afternoon after it arrives and is sorted.
  • Fedex/UPS:  Fedex & UPS do not have staff or an office on the Island.  They do however deliver to the ferry and then they pay a local delivery service to deliver it to the customer.  If you are tracking a package and see that it has been “delivered,” that means that it is in Pt. Judith at the ferry landing.  It is not yet on Block Island.  It will likely come over the following day to be sorted and delivered.  The local delivery service (Lamb’s Package Service:  401-466-5390) does not always deliver on weekends - even if you have paid/selected weekend delivery as an option.  If you are having something delivered here to Champlin’s, please address it as follows:

YOUR NAME (Marina/Hotel Guest)

Champlin’s Marina

80 West Side Road

Block Island, RI  02807

Mopeds & Cars

  • Aldo’s:  401-466-5018:  They will provide transportation for Champlin’s guests into town to rent mopeds and cars.

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Parasail

Block Island Parasail:  401-864-2474

Playground

  • Ball O’Brien Park is just a short walk from Champlin’s on West Side Road
  • Block Island School has a traditional school playground in town at the top of High Street.

Police Department

The non-emergency number is 401-466-3220.  For emergencies, please call 911.

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Quiet Season

  • If you are staying with us before Memorial Day or late September into October, please stop by the front desk for a list of “what’s open.”  Services on property and on the Island will be more limited, but we are happy to help make your stay a great one!  It’s a great time to explore the Island without the crowds.

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Restaurants

  • Off-Season:  If you are staying with us before Memorial Day or late September into October, please stop by the front desk for a list of “what’s open.”
  • Off-Property:  Block Island has over 40 restaurants.  So you are sure to find something to please.  If you are looking for guidance, please stop by the Pier 76 front desk.  Please be sure to let us know which are your favorites!
  • On-Property:  Please visit the Galley House, Cafe Boutique, Dock Bar & the Sugar Shack during your stay.  We can’t wait to tempt you!

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Skateboard

  • The skate park is at the Ball O’Brien Park, a short distance from Champlin’s on West Side Road.

Salon & Spa

  • The Calm Company 401-537-8147
  • Salt Hair Shop 401-632-8323
  • Koru Eco Spa 401-360-4606
  • Drift Mobile Spa 401-268-4242

Surf Rentals

  • Diamond Blue:  401-466-3145

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Tennis

  • There are public courts at the Ball O’Brien Park, a short distance from Champlin’s on West Side Road.

Transportation

Airport

  • New England Airlines - 401-596-2460
  • Features regularly scheduled flights all day to & from Westerly, RI.  15 minute flight.
  • Charter Flights to a wide variety of destinations available.

Ferries

Newport / Fall River

Montauk/New London

Taxis

  • Here on the Island the Taxi Service is regulated by the town.  It is a “zone system” and is not metered.  Most taxi rides will be about $15.
  • There is no Uber or Lyft on the Island.

Tours

  • Most taxis will offer an Island Tour.  It is $X and the price is regulated by the Town.  The tour can be a great way to see the Island and get to know a local.  Tours are about an hour. 

Walking

Biking

  • Self Guided:  www.blockislandinfo.com/maps/bike-tour-map
  • Kayak
  • Pond & Beyond:  401-578-2773
  • Fishing and/or Wind Farm
  • Block Island Fishworks  401-742-3992
  • Fish the World  401-466-5254
  • Sea Dog Cruising  917-991-1730
  • Helicopter 401-859-1001

Trails, Hiking & Walking

  • Greenway Walking Trails:  These trails cover about 28  miles of the Island and are free and open to the public.  You will see turnstiles and ladders over stone walls for entrances to the paths.
  • A great description of the more popular trails can be found at www.alltrails.com/us/rhode-island/block-island
  • Rodman’s Hollow - Cooneymus Road; ocean & pastoral views
  • Enchanted Forest - Mohegan Trail; pastoral views
  • Clayhead Trail & The Maze - Corn Neck Road; ocean & pastoral views
  • Sacred Labyrinth - Corn Neck Road; find your zen
  • Nature Conservancy:  www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/block-island/ 

Trivia, General Island

  • Located in Block Island Sound approximately 9 miles south of mainland Rhode Island and 14 miles east of Montauk Point, Long Island, New York.
  • Named after Dutch explorer Adriaen Block who “discovered” the Island in 1661. Native Americans (predominantly the Mohegan, Manissean & Montauk tribes) were here prior to Block’s arrival and utilized the Island for season hunting and fishing.
  • The Nature Conservancy added Block Island to its list of "The Last Great Places" which consists of 12 sites in the western hemisphere, and over 50 percent of the island is set aside for conservation.
  • The Town of New Shoreham and Block Island are one in the same.  The town’s legal name is the Town of New Shoreham, but Block Island is the name of the Island.
  • The Island is approximately 11 square miles, 3 miles wide and 7 miles long.

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Walking & Hiking Trails

  • Greenway Walking Trails:  These trails cover about 28  miles of the Island and are free and open to the public.  You will see turnstiles and ladders over stone walls for entrances to the paths.
  • A great description of the more popular trails can be found at www.alltrails.com/us/rhode-island/block-island
  • Rodman’s Hollow - Cooneymus Road; ocean & pastoral views
  • Enchanted Forest - Mohegan Trail; pastoral views
  • Clayhead Trail & The Maze - Corn Neck Road; ocean & pastoral views
  • Sacred Labyrinth - Corn Neck Road; find your zen
  • Nature Conservancy:  www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/block-island/ 

Wind Farm

  • Block Island is home to the first Offshore Wind Farm in the US.  This pilot program introduced 5 30 megawatt turbines.  They began commercial operation in December 2016.  We are proud and excited to be leaders in the wind industry!

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