Block Island features 17 miles of pristine beaches, protected by lighthouses and spectacular bluffs, and surrounded by rolling roads and winding paths. Many of the beaches encompassing the island are isolated and nearly untouched providing breathtaking views and utmost tranquility.
Two-and-one-half miles of some of New England's finest beach front can be found at Crescent Beach. Crescent Beach stretches along the Island's east coast from Old Harbor (where the ferries dock) to Clay Head. It connects Surf beach and Baby beach to the south with Scotch and Mansion beaches, to the north.
Block Island has been called the "Bermuda of the North," so it is only fitting that most visitors choose bicycles or mopeds as their primary form of island transportation. Many beach-goers find it easy to walk straight to the beach from the ferry landing or rent a bike or moped to explore the beach further out.
Admission to all beaches, as well as parking, is free. The Frederick J.Benson Pavillion, also known as the "Town Beach" is located at the heart of Crescent beach. It has a fully operated concession stand and visitors may also rent chairs, cabanas, umbrellas and boogie boards. There are lifeguards, showers and bathroom facilities as well.