There is no eating permitted on the beach , overpasses leading to the beach , or in the residential area. Please help keep our beaches and streets clean!
To reach Ocean Beach , you’ll likely need to zip across Great South Bay on a private boat or water taxi, or hop on one of the ferries that make daily 30-minute trips back and forth from the Bay Shore ferry terminal (99 Maple Ave., Bay Shore, 631-665-3600, fireislandferries.com/schedules/ ocean – beach ).
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WHEN TO GO | Officially the Fire Island season lasts from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. A handful of businesses will be open the weeks before and after these dates, but if you find yourself on the island outside this window, then you will also find yourself very alone (except for the deer).
While Fire Island beaches are mostly open to all comers, with the current health guidelines, come prepared with masks and be ready to observe distancing rules.
Fire Island is home to Robert Moses State Park on the west end and Smith Point County Park on the east end. With the exception of service and emergency vehicles, cars are not permitted to drive throughout the island . You can drive to either end of the island , but there are no paved roads between these two points.
The ferry is CASH ONLY, and a one-way ticket costs $9 (you also have the option of buying a roundtrip ticket for $17, but then must hold onto your return ticket).
approximately 30 minutes
Fire Island Ferries provide transportation service from Bay Shore to Kismet, Saltaire, Fair Harbor, Atlantique, Dunewood, Ocean Beach , Seaview, and Ocean Bay Park, the seven western towns of Fire Island. It is a 30-minute ferry ride that has been running since 1948.
There are no paved public roads within Fire Island National Seashore. Upon arrival, you may explore the park on foot or transfer to other park sites via water taxis.
The entire 32-mile stretch of the Fire Island Atlantic Coast is a beach, and visitors are free to swim anywhere as long as the beach is open (sections are closed periodically for bird and turtle nesting).
Fire Island – Fun and Funky! The wonderfully unique Fire Island is an unspoiled island community without a hint of pretention or class distinction, setting it apart from the Hamptons .
Presently, Fire Island Ferries only accepts groceries from Shop Rite, King Kullen and Pat’s Market. They have accounts set up with us, and will cover the freight charge. Therefore, we can leave your cartons of groceries on the town dock that you have designated when placing your grocery order.
Fire Island Beach appeared on charts in the 1850s, and folklore suggests the name arose from land-based pirates, or “wreckers,” who built beach fires at night to lure cargo ships onto shore. Some say poison ivy gave Fire Island its name , either for its red leaves in autumn or its fiery itch.
Is there a boardwalk or just walk on beach? There is a boardwalk through Sunken Forest . From Ocean Bay Park to Sunken Forest it would actually be easiest to walk along the ocean . You could walk via Burma Road (which is a sand road) but the ocean walk would be your best bet.