Fire Island

Fire Island is a thin Atlantic Ocean barrier island off the southern shore of Long Island, New York. It’s known for protected beaches interspersed with seasonal resort communities. On the western tip, Robert Moses State Park offers picnic spots, pitch-and-putt golf and access to the 19th-century Fire Island Lighthouse. It’s also the only area of the island accessible by car. The 32-mile-long, ¼-mile wide strip of sand—the longest of four barrier islands that protect the South Shore of Long Island from the Atlantic Ocean—has a history rich with tales of colonial-era pirates, myriad shipwrecks and Prohibition-era rum running. It has about 4,000 homes and its year-round population of about 400 residents swells to an estimated 20,000 during summer months—plus daytrippers. Without cars, the primary modes of transportation include bicycles, private boats, water taxi, golf carts and wagons. Fire Island has many communities including: Atlantique, Cherry Grove, Corneille Estates, Davis Park, Dunewood, Fair Harbor, Fire Island Pines, Kismet, Lonelyville, Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach, Point O’ Woods, Robbins Rest, Sailors Haven, Saltaire, Seaview, Summer Club, Watch Hill, and Water Island.

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Fair Harbor

Fair Harbor is a small community on Fire Island, NY, located just a few miles across the Great South Bay from Bay Shore and about 50 miles east of New York City. With about 350 homes within its 13-block town limits, the town has everything anyone might want with a few stores, a restaurant and a pizza shop, giving it old-style charm with the security of a state-of-the-art Fire Department and EMS. The beach is wide, the bay front is active, and the sunsets, famous around the world, draw Fair Harbor’s friendly people to the dock each night to watch the sun disappear into the bay.

Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is a village in the southern part of the Town of Islip, on Fire Island, within Suffolk County, New York, United States. The Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach is a popular tourist destination, due to its beachfront location accompanied by a commercial district featuring nightlife, hotels, bayfront restaurants and a variety of stores.


Seaview is a quietly affluent community with interesting architecture on generously sized green, shady lots. Seaview is also home to the only established synagogue on Fire Island, which was founded by the author Herman Wouk. In something of a curiosity Seaview is the only Fire Island community to be under the jurisdiction of two separate towns as the Islip / Brookhaven town line bisects it from north to south at its final eastern blocks. Amenities include a single, but well managed grocery store, a liquor store, plant nursery shop, and residential marina. Seaview does have a direct ferry line from Bay Shore, but also depends on the Ocean Beach line as service dwindles in the shoulder months.


Kismet is a hamlet in the town of Islip, Suffolk County, New York, United States. It is the westernmost beach community on Fire Island, immediately west of Saltaire and east of the Fire Island Light. Kismet is accessible by road or on foot via Robert Moses State Park to the west, or by ferry from Bay Shore on Long Island. Facilities in Kismet include a marina, a few stores (the Kismet Market, Beach & Vine Wines & Spirits), Margarita Villas LLC Vacation Rentals, and two restaurants, the Kismet Inn and the Surf's Out.