5. Hidden Beach on Block Island

There’s a ton of beachfront on Block Island but one of our favorites is a spot just east of Barlows Point. Head on the Mohegan Trail and turn down Snake Hole Road at the Painted Rock. The dirt road might look like it ends at a residential house but the Vaills Beach Trail continues off from the side. It’s a small adventure for a big payoff, with a watery ravine decline which opens up onto an empty, rugged beachfront. You also get a great view of the wind turbines offshore from here.