Block Island

Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Thu 29 Jul 2010 01:08
41:11.38N 071:34.66W   Block Island, Rhode Island
Block Island is a small island located about 20km south of the Rhode Island coast (R.I. being a state not an island at all!)  Due to the climate, Block Island is a very busy holiday destination for 4 months of the year in the summer and as soon as it cools down, is inhabited only by the approx 800 permanent residents.  
It is a very unique shape, where the centre of the island is a huge lagoon - or salt pond as it is known. This creates an perfect anchorage for hundreds of boats.  The over-crowded dinghy dock, shows just how many boats there are here today!
We took a walk from the New Harbor (Salt Pond) to the Old Harbour and the main town, which is very quaint. There are hundreds of bicycles and moped to rent , small shops, ferries coming in from Long Island and Rhode Island, people on the beaches and a real holiday atmosphere.  
We stopped off at a the famous bar called The Oar for a cold beer on the way back - this bar houses an enormous collection of oars (not bridesmaids!) left behind by visitors over the years.
Tomorrow we will head up to Newport.