BLOCK ISLAND INFORMATION
Where to Relax and Play on Block Island
New Harbor on the West Side of the Island, in the beautiful Great Salt Pond. New Harbor has 3 large marinas, 90 town moorings and a 75 acre anchorage for vessels. The Harbormaster’s Office is located at the Block Island Boat Basin during the summer season. The Harbormaster can be contacted on VHF CH 12 once you arrive in New Harbor. Moorings can be rented for $40 per night and can accommodate vessels up to 50 feet. Reservations are not taken as they are first come first serve. It is a 3 minute taxi ride or 15 minute walk from New Harbor to town or to Crescent Beach.
Old Harbor on the East Side of the Island is a Harbor of Refuge protected by a breakwater. There is limited space for anchoring which is restricted to seven days in a fourteen day period. Please call the Harbormaster with any questions. Old Harbor is in the center of town and has a small 30 boat marina operated by the Town. Dockage is $2.50 per foot and is first come first serve. The Commercial ferry landing is also located in Old Harbor.
Block Island Harbors Department Contact Information
Office Telephone: (401) 466-3204
Old harbor Dock: (401) 466-3235
Summer Hours 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Winter Hours 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
VHF Radio – Ch12 7AM – 9PM – All Calls 9PM – 7AM – Emergency Only
Fax: (401) 466-3219
Auto / SUV Rentals
Just Steps From The Ferry Landing!
Just steps from the ferry landing is Ballard’s Beach with its deep-sand beach and pristine ocean view located on the south side of the Old Harbor breakwater and behind Ballard’s Restaurant & Inn. Ballard’s private sandy beach has no cover charge and offers chair and umbrella rentals for guests along with showers to rinse off with after a full day at the beach.
Ballard’s Beach is the only beach on Block Island where you can get food and drinks delivered right to your beach chair with Ballard’s Restaurant & Bar’s professional wait staff! Imagine lobster 13 ways, a burger & fries or a cold shellfish platter delivered right to your beach chair to enjoy with Ballard’s signature cocktail served in a fresh pineapple! Life doesn’t get any better than this on Block Island!
Ballard’s Beach features daily live entertainment & bands, tiki bars, swimming, chair & umbrella rentals, volleyball, an outdoor bar and an oceanfront restaurant with the best food and drinks on the island!
At night you may rent Ballard’s private beach for a bonfire with advanced reservations.
Ballard’s Beach has lifeguards, restrooms and showers.
For more information call 401-466-2231.
BLOCK ISLAND & ITS BEACHES
An island for the beach lover!
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.
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.