A Tropical Island Near NYC? YES! Welcome to Fire Island

For the last several years during the summer, I have traveled to Fire Island, off the coast of New York, about 2 hours outside New York City.  And usually when I tell people where I’m going, they ask, “Where is that?”  Well, here’s a map.

Fire_Island-NY-USA-Location_Map-01Fire Island has several communities, but the ones my friends and I frequent the most are the Pines and Cherry Grove, both extremely gay friendly.  Fire Island is also a nationally protected seashore. Getting to the Pines or Cherry Grove is a bit of a challenge.  Once landing in NYC, you go to Jamaica Station and catch the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) to Sayville.  The LIRR will run you $10.25-$14 each way depending on the time of day you travel.  At the train station in Sayville, you can catch a shuttle bus for $7 that takes you to the Sayville Ferry.  The Sayville Ferry to Fire Island Pines or Cherry Grove will cost you $8.25 one-way or $16 roundtrip.  The ferry takes 20 minutes to travel from Sayville to Fire Island Pines or Cherry Grove.  And then, finally, you have arrived in paradise.

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Budget Travel: Best-Kept Secrets of NYC

Photo:  Adriel O. Socrates

Photo: Adriel O. Socrates

BudgetTravel.com has a great article right now called, “Best-Kept Secrets of NYC from the City’s Savviest Celebs and Insiders.”  It’s all about FREE stuff to do in NYC.  As a former New Yorker, I highly recommend checking it out.

One paragraph jumped out at me:

Visitors often overlook the neighborhoods that locals love, but spending time off the beaten visitor path is the best way to experience New York City like a local. Make sure you spend time in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island before heading home. You won’t regret it! —Marty Markowitz, former Brooklyn borough president and current VP of borough engagement and promotion for NY’s tourism org, NYC & Company

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Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Destinations Around The World 2015

The Kasbah, the Ksar Ait Ben Haddou; Marrakech, Morocco Credit: wl.travel …your local connection

TRIP ADVISOR‘s annual list of the Top 25 Destinations Around The World is out.  How many have you visited?  Which is number one on your list?  Pick a destination and see the world. I’m definitely game for several of these.





Bo Hòn Island, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam Credit:  Eustaquio Santimano

Bo Hòn Island, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Vietnam
Credit: Eustaquio Santimano


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