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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