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There is only one real choice when it comes to Block Island hotels directly on the beach – and that’s The Block Island Beach House (“The Surf” location).
There are a few other accommodations (Resorts, Inns and B&Bs) in close proximity to the beach (walking distance), which I will also cover below.
But regardless of where you end up staying on the island, you’ll always be just a short walk/drive away from some of the best beaches Block Island has to offer!
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1. Block Island Beach House (“The Surf”)
NOTE: The Block Island Beach House has two locations: “The Surf” and “The Gables”. The Surf is located directly on the beach. The Gables has a pool and is located just a short 3 minute walk away from The Surf (on the same street). Whether you stay at The Surf, or The Gables, you’ll get access to BOTH the beach and the pool!
The Surf is located directly on Crescent Beach!
There are 40 chase lounges and umbrellas available to guests on a first-come-first-served basis.
Beach towels are also included.
NOTE: Ballard’s Beach Resort is “oceanfront”, it’s not technically on the beach itself. That said, Ballard’s Beach is just a minute walk away.
There’s also a Tiki Bar right on Ballard’s Beach that serves amazing frozen drinks.
And if you’re traveling with kids during the summer months, there is a life guard on duty.
Keep in mind that this beach can get quite crowded – after-all, it’s only a short 5 minute walk from the Ferry (lot’s a day-trippers).
If you have any interest in using Ballard’s cabanas, lounge chairs, umbrellas, etc. BOOK AHEAD! They sell out all the time.
You can reserve them here.
NOTE: The Avonlea is more of a Bed & Breakfast than a hotel, but it is as close to the beach as it gets!
Located a 30 second walk from Crescent Beach (just steps off the back porch!).
Complimentary beach chairs and towels available.
NOTE: The Blue Dory Inn is located directly behind the Avonlea. Both properties are owned and operated by the same company.
Located a 60 second walk from Crescent Beach (there is a path from the back door that leads right down to the water!).
There are complimentary beach chairs and towels available as well.
A hose is available on the south side of the Blue Dory to wash your feet (and dog!) when coming off Crescent beach.
If you’re looking to visit Block Island AND stay on (or nearly on) the beach, “The Surf” at the Block Island Beach house and Ballard’s Beach Resort are the two best options.
But if you’re willing to branch out a bit and try an Inn or Bed & Breakfast, the Avonlea and Blue Dory Inn are both excellent choices as well.
The good news? Block Island is small (9.73 sq miles in total)! So no matter where you end up staying, you’ll always be just a short walk or drive to a great beach.