A popular summer resort, Fire Island is known for its pristine beaches, tranquil atmosphere, and laid back charm. The island is 31 miles long and 2 - 3 blocks wide and is comprised of 18 distinct communities, each with its own unique character and vibe. Bordered to the north by the Great South Bay and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, Fire Island’s beaches are world famous. Less than 50 miles from Manhattan to the Bay Shore Ferry terminal, many people come to Fire Island to escape the hustle bustle of New York City in a relaxing setting, without the attitude and pretension of the Hamptons.
Cars are not allowed on the island in the summer months and are permitted during the winter only with a Federal permit. Walking and biking are the predominant forms of transportation, contributing to the island’s intimate, relaxed atmosphere. Residents use wagons to transport luggage, groceries, and other items to and from the ferry terminal, market, or beach. Because of this, the radio flyer red wagon has become a familiar Fire Island icon. The island is also known for the abundance of wild deer that roam freely.
Getting to Fire Island
The most popular way to get to Fire Island is via the Fire Island Ferry Service. The Fire Island Ferries have three terminals on Long Island, each serving different communities on the island. The Bay Shore terminal services Kismet, Saltaire, Fair Harbor, Dunewood/Atlantique, Ocean Beach, Seaview, Ocean Bay Park, and Point O’Woods. The Sayville ferry terminal services the Fire Island Pines, Cherry Grove, Sunken Forest and Water Island. The Patchogue ferry terminal services Davis Park and Watch Hill.
The Long Island Rail Road offers train service from Pennsylvania Station to Bayshore, Patchogue and Sayville. For schedules and other information, please visit www.lirr.org. Shuttle service is available from the train station to the ferry terminal.
Transportation directly to the ferry terminal from Manhattan is also available. David Brothers Car Service provides van service between the Bay Shore ferry terminal and Manhattan’s east side.
Fire Island is also accessible via private boat or water taxi. Docking is available at most waterfront restaurants, as well as in the marinas of the following communities: Ocean Beach, Seaview, Ocean Bay Park, Kismet, Saltaire, Fair Harbor, Dunewood, Atlantique, Watch Hill, Sailor’s Haven, Cherry Grove, Fire Island Pines, Water Island, and Davis Park.
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