Your summer guide to Fire Island
Fire Island has been inhabited by pirates, whalers and the Coast Guard. Today, its population is just as diverse. Distinct but overlapping communities welcome young singles, families, moguls and regular Joes. All vacationers agree that the absence of cars and proximity to the water are the prime attractions. Then there are restaurants, clubs, shops, historical sites and natural wonders galore. Here is a guide to vacationing in 7 of the island’s most popular communities. READ FULL STORY
Get All the Basics for How to Have a Blast on Fire Island
Anyone looking for a day at the beach should consider a trip to Fire Island. This long, slender strip to the south of Long Island offers white beaches, friendly atmosphere, and a historic LGBTQ hideaway, now out and proud. Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect at Fire Island, whether you’re there for a day or a weekend. Topics covered include transportation, activities, and major communities to visit on the island. READ FULL STORY
25 weekend getaways every New Yorker should take
A getaway to Fire Island is about a 20-minute ferry ride that transports passengers to another world, a simpler world without the cars they must leave behind on the mainland. Fire Island is 32 miles long, but it’s no more than a mile across, from ocean to bay. Unlike the Hamptons, most of Fire Island’s 17 communities are down-to-earth places where adults pass the days playing Kadima on the sand or Scrabble under their beach umbrellas, and kids sell hand-painted seashells and lemonade from the red Radio Flyer wagons their families use to cart groceries from the general stores. READ FULL STORY
OB featured in Newsday’s Summer Guide!
Fire Island has been inhabited by pirates, whalers and the Coast Guard. Today, its population is just as diverse. Distinct but overlapping communities welcome young singles, families, moguls and regular Joes. All vacationers agree that the absence of cars and proximity to the water are the prime attractions. READ FULL STORY
Long Island Staycation Destination Hot Spots
Long Island Press
Three-hundred count Egyptian cotton sheets will soothe you at night after a day of using complimentary bicycles, wagons, and numerous other beachside amenities– at The Palms, guests are always first! No cars on the island make for a unique vibe. Exciting nightlife and untouched beaches. Read the article in the Long Island Press
St. Patrick’s Day in Ocean Beach
For some people in the know about Fire Island, the only place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is in Ocean Beach. Read the article in Newsday
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark
FIRE ISLAND VOTED ONE OF THE BEST US Islands
The Travel Channel
Fire Island, N.Y.
Fire Island, a barrier island parallel to Long Island is a popular summer vacation destination. Accessible by shuttle ferries, water taxis and private boats, the island is free of motor vehicles, so many visitors get around the island by walking or biking. During the summer, the 32-mile-long island is popular for surfing and sailing. However, many people enjoy visiting the National Seashore during the off-season to explore Fire Island Lighthouse, Sailors Haven and the Sunken Forest, or to collect seashells along the shore. Read the full article at The Travel Channel.
The Palms Hotel
Featured in Coastal Living!
Recently The Palms Hotel was featured in an article on Coastal Living as one of the Top 10 Car-Free Island Getaways! Read the article on Coastal Living.
Top 25 Romantic Weekend Getaways
A trip to a relaxing resort or an inn can rekindle the romance that has taken a back seat to hurried daily life. Top romantic weekend getaways in USA include lakeside hideaways, golf & spa resorts, city hotels and coastal escapes for couples. READ FULL STORY
“The Palms is the most sophisticated of the Ocean Beach establishments, with Manhattan-style modern decor of white duvets, pop art by Roy Lichtenstein and wispy, sheer cloth draped above beds.
“If you haven’t hopped on a ferry to
Fire Island — this summer is the time to experience the laid back lifestyle of this iconic island haven. You won’t find cars or pretention on Fire Island, just miles of beach, sailboats, bikes and surfboards. Off the south shore of Long Island, Fire
Island has the reputation as the place to summer for actors and artists and anyone looking for a true beach retreat… The Palms Hotel, in Ocean Beach, offers luxurious bungalows and cottages, all of which are mere steps from the shore. Guests can enjoy the relaxed courtyard and private bay beach along with dedicated family days every Tuesday.”Tina Carletto, Healthy Living
“This really is the thorniest of topics, and we’re sure to make no new friends by saying there isn’t really a hotel on Fire Island that’s worth the money. That said, there are two we feel are clean and friendly enough so as to be worth overpaying. And to be completely fair, there’s barely anything worth the money that you pay to spend the night in the Hamptons this time of year. Our picks for this season are: The Palms at Ocean Beach… recently renovated and cute as a button, there are tiny, but bright and cheerful rooms… Morning coffee is served out on the back patio.”David Landsel, NY Post
“The place to stay on Fire Island… the Palms Hotel!” “Beautiful suites… great beach” News 12 Long Island
“Surrounded by beautiful beaches… this tiny island will be a destination I will visit many more times in the very near future.”
“Palms Hotel has become a destination on Fire Island. The sand and surf of the barrier islands attracts Long Islanders and those throughout the country for fun in the sun but it’s the luxury resort of the Palms that attracts travelers from around the world.”
“Ditch your car and hop aboard a thirty-minute ferry from Bayshore to Fire Island where weekenders pack up coolers with food from home and fill red wagons for their time on the beach. The island is made up of many sections, from Ocean Beach, attracting NYC singles to areas like Fair Harbor and Dune Wood which attract a more family friendly crowd.”
“A booming weekend for Fire Island.”
“Long Island beaches are back…”
“The unofficial “capital” of Fire Island, the village of Ocean Beach, is a 600-plus home community with the most bars, restaurants and shops… Perhaps because Ocean Beach’s Main Street is lined with several really good restaurants and bars, a smattering of food markets (including a fish market), upscale boutiques, arts and crafts shops, a spa, a hardware store and more. This is as resort-y as it gets on Fire Island.”
“The draw of Fire Island is the immaculate beaches… walkers will enjoy an outing to the Sunken Forest, a maritime forest on the island where the tree branches are twisted due to wind and salt spray.”
“Fire Island is back and better than ever!”
“City dwellers… turn their attention to weekend getaways at the beaches of Long Island”
“The Palms Hotel… is a relaxed boutique hotel with all the amenities techies can’t live without – flat screen satellite TVs with dvd players, Wi-Fi hot spots, refrigerators and iPod docking stations – not to mention Egyptian cotton sheets, outdoor hot showers, L’Occitane bath amenities, kayak rentals and complimentary bicycles, grocery wagons, and Starbucks coffee. In other words, if you’re coming to the island empty-handed, this is the place for you.”
Where to stay on Fire Island, Newsday
“The Palms Hotel… comfy beds, flatscreen tvs, and even outdoor showers.”
“On an island of casual beach cottages, The Palms Hotel stands out as a more upscale resort.”
“Looking for a hotel on Ocean Beach? Try the Palms Hotel… This boutique hotel is located in the center of Ocean Beach, it is quite popular and books up fast!” Alison Lowenstein, City Weekends
“The ambience is perfect for small gatherings, private parties or weddings, and the hotel is a favorite for locals and tourists, alike.”