Mansion Beach, Block Island, is located at the end of Mansion Road, 1.5 miles north of the main town area on this southern Cape Cod island. This island is found some 12 miles off the Atlantic coast of the mainland USA. The beach can be reached by car via the ferry that departs from Point Judith, RI. It can also be reached by moped, bike, or on foot. It is on the eastern side of the island.
This beach got its name as it once sat below the view of the island's largest residence. It could be seen atop the hill above the cliffs that back section of the beach. The mansion can no longer be seen from the beach however, since it burned to the ground and was never rebuilt. Some of the building's stone walls remain standing above this beach.
This White sandy beach is the biggest beach of the 17 miles of sandy shore found at this island resort. It is also very popular so although there is parking available, to get a space on weekends during the summer one should arrive early.
There are no concession stands so one is advised to bring refreshments and water along. This is not a good beach for small children due to strong surf. It is however ideal for the larger kids with boogie boards or for body surfing.
Mansion Beach, Block Island, is a public beach. There is no charge for admission.
This beach is traditionally traversed during the running leg of the Annual Block Island Triathalon that is organized on the island in July by the Block Island Recreation department.
Like many of the island's beaches, this beach is ideal for building sandcastles as well as beachcombing and simply taking a hike or a run along the lapping surf.
In town, water sport equipment is available for rental to use at this beach such as boogie boards and windsailing equipment. Within just a few miles of this beach there are numerous bed & breakfasts and summer cottages available for vacationers wishing to stay the night or longer near this sandy section of shoreline so close to town.
Mansion Beach, Block Island, is just north of Scotch Beach and just South of Clayhead, the reddish cliffs seen when arriving on the ferry to the island. The red comes from the rich deposits of clay and iron in the soil there. This is a good place for shell and rock collecting for people wishing to walk from Mansion Beach up toward the northernmost part of the island.
The temperature at this beach and on the island rarely goes above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, staying cooler than the mainland beaches in the summer.