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Crescent Beach

Block Island, RI
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Ranked #9 of 22 Attractions in Block Island
Type: Biking Trails, Beaches
Description: Crescent beach on Block Island
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Portsmouth RI
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Miles and miles of soft black sand and clear water. Nice to have a snack shack bathroom and showers. A wonderful way to spend a summer day.

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Mystic, CT
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is not only a great swimming beach with clear, clean water but it is also a fantastic walking beach. To top it all off the views of town and the cliffs are phenomenal! 5 stars!

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Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We went during the week, so the beach was not very crowded. The sand right by the beach house bathrooms/snackbar was relatively clean, but the closer you go to the ferry harbor, the sand is more full of seaweed. My biggest complaint was the amount of broken glass in the sand, and the fact the beach is open for dogs... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Crescent Beach is formally called Fred Benson Town Beach. It is the most popular beach on Block Island because of the large parking area and ease of access (short-cuts across the dunes). The sand is smooth and the waves are usually gentle. You can walk northward for 45 minutes onto Scotch Beach and Mansion Beach - all one seamless stretch... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a nice beach with a lot of parking and facilities. There are life guards on duty and a canteen to buy lunch.

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Mount Sinai, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Since I don't see "Town Beach" or "Benson's Beach" listed, I am assuming that that "Crescent Beach" is another name for the Town Beach, which is located along the crescent beach. Beautiful, clean beach with a pavilion where you can take a shower, buy a meal or utilize vending machines, rent umbrellas and other beach paraphernalia and be protected by... More

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Mid-Hudson Valley
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A reasonable walk from the New Harbor; a short walk from old Harbor. Along with some rocky sections, there were pleasant sandy sections offering some nice little shore break for body surfing. Definately will enjoy the view and swim again.

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NYC
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It seems as though all of Block Island's shoreline is out of a dream - from the Mohegan Bluffs to Crescent Beach. But we particularly enjoyed the beach - it's serene, crystal clear water, and fairly quiet (though we were there before high season really begins, early June). Shell and rock collectors - many treasures to be found. A must... More

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Beach is in town...short walk from ferry. Has bath house and change area in approx. middle of beach. End by Surf Hotel has shallow water... and is great for little kids.

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South Salem, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I highly recommend this beach for a more quiet day. Mid-week the beach is uncrowned and has tons of natural beauty. Depending upon where you sit; there aren't bathrooms/showers etc. Great for photography and walks too.

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