Block Island, RI, USA

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Block Island, RI, USA

Block Island vacation rentals

Block out some time to visit Block Island

Looking for a vacation destination that's just off the beaten path? Do those East Hamptons types one better and head to Block Island. About 14 miles east of Montauk Point in the Block Island Sound, Block Island is known for its 19th-century brick lighthouse, sandy beaches, and preserved waterfront wilderness. Visitors love Block Island vacation rentals for the area's outdoor recreation, and you can enjoy everything from boating and fishing to hiking, camping, and diving. The town of New Shoreham, which occupies the entire island, boasts a charming downtown with plenty of shops, dining, and nightlife.

Block Island _ what a difference a bay makes

Block Island is a nature lover's paradise, and you can enjoy loads of outdoor activities both on and off the water. Boating is a popular pastime, and you'll find plenty of outfitters offering chartered fishing tours, as well as boat, kayak, and canoe rentals. If terra firma's more your speed, head to one of the island's many trails for some scenic hiking and panoramic sea views. Birdwatchers flock to the northern part of the island (sorry, we had to), where countless migrating species make landfall during their journey along the Atlantic Flyway.

Let's make some history on Block Island

As long as you're here, you may as well learn something, right? Sure! At the Block Island Historical Society Museum, you'll find local history exhibits and cultural artifacts in a charming 19th-century building. For an even closer look at local history, don your scuba gear and dive down to the U-853. The German submarine, sunk 8 miles off the Block Island Coast during World War II, is a popular dive destination. Back on dry land, the 127-acre Block Island National Wildlife Refuge offers a habitat for gulls, plovers, and songbirds, as well as plenty of walking trails and fishing spots.

Tide yourself over in oceanic Block Island

Block Island has an oceanic climate, and temperatures are generally cooler than the nearby mainland towns during the summer months. Summer highs average a balmy 78 degrees in July and August, and rain's not uncommon. Winters are on the mild side, with regular snowfall and highs around 40 degrees in January and February. The mild summers are the island's busiest time of year, and you're most likely to find lower rates during the colder months _ a Block Island vacation rental with a fireplace or a hot tub would make for a cozy winter getaway.

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.