When you ask people where can you find beautiful beaches in New York, they’ll usually say the Hamptons. I know just another spot that is as nice as Hamptons but much more affordable and laid-back – it’s the Ocean Beach at Fire Island. It’s a popular beach destination that I just newly discovered. This barrier island just five miles south of Long Island, New York and is accessible by ferry only. As a result of that, there are no cars on the island – just bike or wagon rides for the kids.
We visited Ocean Beach, which is the most family friendly community on Fire Island and great spot for beach trip. We took a 40 minutes ferry ride from Bay Shore to Fire Island. As we approach the harbor at Ocean Beach we saw hundreds of wagons are stored next to the dock. As people debark, many went straight for their wagons to carry their goods to their house or the beach. When we get off, we went for the gorgeous sandy beaches right away. The island is only a half-mile deep so along the walkways we saw many cute cottage home and cute signs outside the home. I think that’s what makes this island so unique and charming.
If you visit:
Ocean Beach is about 90 minute drive from Queens to Bay Shore, Long Island. You’ll take a 40 minute ferry ride from the dock. Be sure to check Fire Island Ferries’ schedule prior to visit at fireislandferries.com.
Boarding platform at Bay Shore Long Island
We were so excited to go to the beach
Arriving at the The Village of Ocean Beach harbor
Hundreds of private wagons by the dock.
Food there are so delicious
Many ice cream shops on the island
Walking to the beach
Cute decorations outside the cottage house
More decorations outside the cottage house
Did someone left their stinky shoes out here?
Instead of parked car, it’s parked wagon outside every house
I love this sign
White Sandy Beach
Time to get sun tan
Central Walk, main street on Ocean Beach
Kids selling Lemonade
Even puppy get their own parking spot, how cute is that?
Kids selling painted shell to make few extra bucks. He was a good sellsman
Ice cream mixed with our love.
Many places to dine on this island
Time to leave – Adios