Overlooking Crescent Beach and located in the heart of historic Old Harbor, this is the only island hotel with beachfront rooms (some with private balconies). The iconic Surf Hotel has been revamped — with bright, vintage-inspired rooms, private baths and A/C, plus direct beach access. The wrap-around porch now boasts a stylish, casual restaurant featuring New England cuisine. Enjoy the lively beach bar or take a seat in the relaxed lounge for cocktails, good coffee and great food from morning to night.
Beach Bar @ Block Island Beach House
The Beach Bar at Block Island Beach House has the best ocean-side eating and drinking on the island and direct access to the beach below. The 2021 Surf Shack menu offers a modern, casual take on traditional New England fare, a full wine and cocktail menu, and craft beer on tap. Come to the Beach Bar for an amazing outdoor beach experience: frosé all day, classic summer cocktails, and a laid-back vibe, just a short walk from the ferry. H32 Dodge St. q401/466-5500. Nwww.thesurfblockisland.com.