Fire Island – A Small Paradise Just Beside New York City
If you are living in New York, you ought to know by now that living on The Big Apple is very stressful especially if you are also working there. Because the city is so busy and it is running on a fast pace, many New Yorkers are longing to have a weekend getaway that they could spend with their family and friends.
People who are living in this huge city and do not have the luxury of time going out of the country to enjoy the beautiful beaches or the tropical climate that it offers, will immediately travel going to Fire island.
Fire Island is not as popular as the Caribbean island or the south beach in Miami. However, this place has the same beautiful beaches that people can enjoy and it also has an amazing ambiance that people can relax and unwind. What’s good about the Fire Island is that if you are from New York, it is only a few hours’ drive from the city.
About the Island
Fire Island is about 31 miles long and 1,300 feet wide. It has a total area of 9.6 Square miles and it has a large center island on the outer part barrier islands that is adjacent to the south shore long island beach. There are only few local residents that are residing in this place.
But during the summer season, the total population triples especially on July. The island is protected because it is part of Fire Island National Seashore (FINS). There are many rules and regulations that must strictly be followed by anyone whether they are local residents or tourists.
The Robert Moses State Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. The Fire Island Light House is located east of the Robert Moses Park. There is a memorial park for the TWA 800 victims. The park was constructed on July 2004 and since then it has been a very popular tourist destination.
Since the Island is protected in order to preserve its natural resources as well as to protect it from air pollution, people who will be bringing automobile vehicles can only enter the island at the Robert Moses Causeway on its western end and the William Floyd Parkway (Suffolk country road 46) near its eastern end.
The rest of the highway sections, motor vehicles are not permitted to enter unless they are delivery vans, utility construction or for emergency access. The island however is accessible traveling by boat, sea plane and ferries which will depart from Bay Shore, Sayville and Patchogue.
What to Do
Tourists can enjoy swimming, surfing, kite boarding, or simply have a picnic on the beach. for people who love Golf, there is a 18 hole pitch and putt golf course. For people who love the night life, they can drink and party all night long at the different pubs and restrobars in the island.
The different parks of this island will allow nature loving people to enjoy hiking on different trails. However, you have to hire a tour guide so you won’t get lost or be aided if something bad happens.