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South County Like A Tourist: Sail Away to Block Island

This bucolic yet bustling summer retreat, located just 13 miles south of the mainland coast, is a shoo-in for the title of Happiest Place on Earth.

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Drink a Bloody Mary on the Ferry
Kick off your flip-flops and relax because it’s summertime and the living is easy… especially aboard the Block Island Ferry where cocktails are aplenty. Both the traditional and high-speed ferries offer cash-only concession stands with full bars that are equipped with all the essential ingredients for mixing up the quintessential morning staple: the Bloody Mary. Go ahead and order two. Tomatoes are healthy. 783-7996, www.BlockIslandFerry.com

Take a Scooter Ride Around the Island
It’s pretty much essential to rent a moped if you plan on exploring the pork chop-shaped island without sacrificing your feet to the all mighty blister gods. Just four of the many attractions worth checking out include North Lighthouse, the Sacred Labyrinth – both on Corn Neck Road on the north part of the island – Southeast Lighthouse and Mohegan Bluffs, both located toward the southeast corner. Island Bike and Moped, 41 Water Street, Block Island. 741-2329, www.BIMopeds.com

Drink a Cocktail out of a Pineapple at Ballard’s
Rent a chair and umbrella and enjoy a liquid lunch on the sand as the waves break at your feet and live music wafts through the air. Ballard’s restaurant and beach bar, located steps away from the Old Harbor ferry dock, is the epitome of Block Island tourism – and just what the R&R doctor ordered. Order a craft cocktail served in a pineapple. After a sip or two you’ll be certain you were somehow transported to the Caribbean. 42 Water Street, Block Island. 466-2231, www.BallardsBI.com

Channel Your Inner Beach Bum
BI features 17 miles of beaches. While some are isolated and undeveloped, others – like the popular Crescent Beach – are packed with people and bordered by bars and restaurants. Mansion Beach is less crowded but still not too far from town, making it a great option for those who want a bit of elbowroom without venturing too far off the beaten path. Sun and swim the day away or go bold and rent a surfboard. www.BlockIslandInfo.com