Destination guide

Seaside fun in Block Island vacation home rentals

Ferries drift across the Atlantic waters from New London and Judith Point carrying 1000s of vacationers each year to the handsome little island of Block. Walled in by steep cliffs of more than 250 feet, it rises from the light swells in a patchwork of wildflower meadows, pebbly coves, salt-washed jetties, and boulder-speckled hills. Beaches and bobbing kayaks, quality seafood restaurants, and pretty horse riding trails are all on offer here, while Block Island vacation rentals hide between the whitewashed timber homes of New Shoreham, or sit lost out between the undulating fields of the backcountry.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Block Island vacation homes

If you've bagged Block Island vacation rentals that sit atop the rugged Mohegan Bluffs, then you can look forward to vacationing with sweeping views over the Atlantic Ocean, and close proximity to the redbrick Southeast Lighthouse. On the flip side of the isle, the North Lighthouse stands tall above the low sandbars and flatlands, where birding parks and beautiful coves like Crescent Beach offer a little more rest and relaxation. Closer to the town of New Shoreham, local history museums and charming East Coast seafood buffets nestle between the parks.

Activities

Things to do near vacation homes in Block Island

It's all about enjoying the graceful contours of the landscape on Block Island. The whole place is crisscrossed by more horse riding, cycling, and hiking paths than you can shake a mouthwatering platter of Rhode Island seafood at. There's also bird watching by the bucket load, cliffs to scale, caves to wander, and small inlets to discover. Sea kayaks and boating excursions can take you around the rugged coastal cliffs, while an annual sailing festival in June means people flock here to settle in Block Island vacation rentals that are close to the pretty shoreline.

Weather

Local weather for the trip to Block Island vacation homes

There's really no better time to enjoy all the delights of Block Island than between the months of June and September. This is the middle of summer in this corner of the Eastern Seaboard, and means hot days of sunshine, when the likes of Ballard's Beach and Crescent Beach are at their finest. This season also kicks off with popular sailing festivals and street parties for Independence Day, and means finding the earthy local eateries and breweries filled with lively crowds of other vacationers.

Natural features

Getting from point A to point sea on Block Island

A low-lying island between the Block Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, Block Island is part of the Outer Lands archipelago, which ranges from Cape Cod in the northeast to Long Island in the southwest. The shoreline around your Block Island vacation rental is made up of rocky coastline and sandy beaches, and the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge has 127 acres of preserved dunes, wetlands, and coastal hills. You can find ferries to Point Judith, Rhode Island all year round, and seasonal routes offer access to Montauk, New London, and Newport.

Beaches

Best beaches near Block Island vacation homes

Block Island has stunning New England beaches for scenic views and seaside fun. Vacation homes are available near places like Mansion Beach, a secluded beach accessible by bike or on foot known for its huge waves, and Great Salt Pond, a sheltered waterway with rocky beaches, protected waters, and scenic views. You'll also like Frederick Benson Town Beach, a bustling oceanfront beach with equipment rentals and local eateries.

How to get there

How to get to and around Block Island

Fly into Block Island, RI (BID-Block Island State), the closest airport, located 1.3 mi (2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Westerly, RI (WST-Westerly State), which is 16.4 mi (26.4 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Block Island vacation rentals

Kids can enjoy endless amusement in Block Island. Vacation homes are close to places like the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, a shoreline park with trails and a lighthouse within a wildlife habitat, and Block Island Historical Society, a museum with regional artifacts like arrowheads, maps, and memorabilia. You could also spend time at Scotch Beach, a white-sand beach with volleyball, swimming, body surfing, boogie boarding, and more.

Where to stay around Block Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 79 vacation rentals near Block Island. From 49 Houses to 14 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Block Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Block Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Block Island:

  • Misquamicut: 173 vacation rentals
  • Point Judith: 375 vacation rentals
  • Watch Hill: 101 vacation rentals
  • Matunuck: 479 vacation rentals
  • Bonnet Shores: 123 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Block Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Block Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Coast Guard Beach: 1,005 vacation rentals
  • Rodman's Hollow: 965 vacation rentals
  • Lewis-Dickens Farm: 1,012 vacation rentals
  • Clay Head Preserve: 984 vacation rentals
  • Sacred Labyrinth: 1,018 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Block Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Block Island?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 49 Houses in Block Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Block Island include:

  • Cottages: 14 rentals available
  • Cabins: 14 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 14 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Block Island?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4 vacation rentals with pool available in Block Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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