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 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.