2024’s “Best Harbor” Contest Winners Announced

You Voted, and We Have a Clear Winner!

Grand Winner, Best Harbor in the U.S. for 2024: Block Island, RI

BLOCK ISLAND, RI Photo by Timothy J. Quill, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Top 10 Results:

  1. Block Island, RI (also 2024’s Northeast regional winner; first time on winners list)
  2. Destin, FL (also 2024’s Gulf Coast regional winner; first time on winners list)
  3. Padanaram, MA (2019 “Best Harbor” Grand Winner)
  4. Bristol, RI (first time on winners list)
  5. Shelter Cove, Hilton Head, SC (also 2024’s Southeast regional winner; and Southeast regional winner in 2022 and 2021)
  6. Pillar Point, Princeton, CA (2024’s Pacific Coast regional winner; first time on winners list)
  7. Gloucester, MA (first time on winners list)
  8. Charlevoix, MI (2021 “Best Harbor” Grand Winner; also 2024’s Great Lakes regional winner)
  9. Brookings, OR (first time on winners list)
  10. Depoe Bay, OR (2022 “Best Harbor” Grand Winner)

Other 2024 Regional Winners:

About Block Island, RI – 2024’s “Best Harbor” in the US

Block Island, just a short ferry ride from Rhode Island, is a beautiful little getaway with rolling hills and lovely beaches. The island’s vibe is relaxed and charming, perfect for biking, hiking, and exploring its stunning nature trails. With nearly half of the island dedicated to conservation, it’s a haven for wildlife and offers spectacular views from spots like Mohegan Bluffs and the iconic Southeast Lighthouse. The main village, Old Harbor, is full of cozy shops, delicious restaurants, and plenty of spots to just sit back and soak in the island’s laid-back atmosphere.

Comments from 2024 Voters About Block Island

  • “I sailed to Block Island from Stamford CT for 20 years. I stayed in the Great Salt Pond in one of the 3 marinas or if they were full on a town mooring or at anchor. I fell in love with Block Island and now live here.” Bennet W.
  • “Such a magical spot! We love it so much we’re getting married there in August!” Luke B.
  • “Because of the efforts of the Block Island Community and a strong environmental ethic, along with the support of environmental groups, the Great Salt Pond remains protected and a treasure of nature.” Douglas M.
  • “Best Boating overnight harbor period!” Richard C.

Read more about the annual “Best Harbor” contest.