Block Island, RI

Fred Benson (Crescent) Beach

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This stretch of sand on the eastern shore of Block Island is always flat and firm at low tide, making it an ideal beach run that can cover up to four miles. Crescent Beach is located just off of Corn Neck Road, the narrow stretch of land protruding north out of New Shoreham, so it’s a good bet if you’re located close to town and want to hit the beach. Do an out and back from the Pavilion parking lot, and enjoy the sound of crashing waves as you watch the ferries roll in and out from New London and Point Judith. Pro tip: do this run in the morning or evening to avoid hopscotching sunbathers on this popular public beach. You’ll also avoid the hot sun! If you prefer some spirited competition, Block Island Health Services hosts an annual 5K here every August. Find out more on the race website.

Tide Chart
Essentials
  • Approximately 2-4 miles
  • Fred Benson Beach Pavilion
  • There is free parking at the Beach Pavilion, but it is also a quick walk from downtown New Shoreham