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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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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Seaweed gathers close to the Inn and harbor area but is cleaner the further up the beach you go. Sand is very fine.

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Brooklyn, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

There are so many beautiful beaches on the island. Been going to Block Island for over 30 years now. Crescent Beach is the whole stretch of beach that originates by The Surf Hotel in town, and ends after Mansion Beach, a few miles up north. There are different names given to each section of beach. Town Beach has recently been... More

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Portsmouth RI
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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