My husband’s family lives in Long Island, so we go there often! Occasionally during the summer we will take a day trip to Fire Island. Fire Island is a barrier island about 30 miles long on the southern shore of Long Island. There are all types of communities and beaches as you go along the very narrow island – some for families, and some not (aka naked beaches)!
To get there you will need to take a ferry, which are located all along the coast of Long Island. Don’t plan on taking your car with you. Most places don’t allow cars period.
I visited Ocean Beach and Sunken Forest and they were both amazing beaches! The water is chilly and has really big waves and the sand is white and silky.
Apparently Ocean Beach is called the “land of no” because you can’t bring any food or beverages with you, nor can you listen to a radio or “disrobe” as the sign says. We, however, snuck in food and drinks. Just don’t eat in front of the lifeguards. Although this rule is highly annoying, the beach is picture perfectly clean!
Sunken Forest is a great place to take a walk through on the raised boardwalk and offers lots of shade. You’d hardly know you’re at the beach when you’re in the middle of this park.
Because there are no cars allowed at Ocean Beach everything is within a close walking distance. Ocean Beach is covered in people riding bicycles and wagons. There are sidewalks and walkways all across the island.
Looking for a bite to eat? Check out Maguire’s at Ocean Beach! They have a beautiful bayfront dining deck and delicious menu. (That mozzerella bacon panini rocked my world. Just sayin’.) And the inside of the restaurant is awesome too! Check out those fishing nets on the ceiling.
There are also a lot of cute shops – some with classic touristy beachware and others with some really fun finds.
Fire Island makes a great day trip! Especially if you are looking for a beach near New York City. There are many different beaches and communities all along the island, and Ocean Beach and Sunken Forest are only two of them. Be sure to research the beaches before you go because they all have different flavors.
Have you been to Fire Island?