Fire Island – New York State’s Car-Free Premier Bohemian Summer Retreat

Fire Island
Fire Island

PRESS RELEASE: Fire Island in New York State is the ideal destination for travellers seeking a truly chic and unique experience.

Fire Island sits as an outer barrier parallel to the south shore of Long Island and has emerged as a much-loved summer stop for many since the 1950’s. New beach bungalows were lit up with creative New Yorkers and the rich and famous wanting to escape the bustling streets of New York City and soak in the sun. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the creation of Fire Island National Seashore and today it remains as one of the chicest places to own a beach house, especially amongst the LGBT community.

The distinctive island is car-free making it a favourable holiday destination for those passionate about responsible tourism, an initiative New York State Division of Tourism has recently been recognised for. In particular, the state has supported and celebrated local people and preserved the natural environment in able to offer tourists a much more meaningful, memorable holiday experience.

Visitors can reconnect with nature by hiking, spotting wildlife (especially birds) on nature trails or simply taking a refreshing walk along the shore. Various water-based activities can also be enjoyed in Great South Bay, Watch Hill and Smith Point including canoeing, boating and fishing. The Fire Island Lighthouse is the island’s most historic landmark originating from 1857 and a must visit attraction.

Camping is a popular activity between May and October with three different options to choose from:

1.       Tent camping is available seasonally at the designated family and group tent campground at Watch Hill.
2.       Year-round backcountry or wilderness camping is available by permit only within the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness.
3.       Smith Point County Park campground accommodates both tents and trailers, but it is mandatory to obtain a County permit.

An abundance of beach rentals provide great accommodation for those seeking a more comfortable, private getaway. Websites such as AirBnB (originating from Albany, Upstate New York) and TripAdvisor have contributed to the creation of a new way of experiencing a destination when travelling and both have a large variety of rentals to choose from on Fire Island.

Ocean Beach is the main culinary hub on the island, but communities both east and west of Ocean Beach offer their own mix of restaurants and bars. Notable eateries include The Blue Whale on Fire Island Pines, Surf’s Out in Kismet, Le Dock on Fair Harbor and Nicky’s Clam Bar on Bay Shore.

Visitors can access Fire Island via public ferry, private boat or car but cannot drive the length of the island. Water taxis and ferries provide services between island communities and park locations, however it is essential to plan for travel time as schedules vary between summer months and off-season periods.

Fire Island is a charming destination that has provided fond memories to generations of people who have enjoyed living, working and playing on the island.

Notes to Editors:

For more information on Fire Island, visit


Watch Hill:

Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness:

Smith Point County Park:



About New York State:
New York State features 11 beautiful regions with exciting attractions that span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, and Allegany State Park to family friendly treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Museum of Glass in Corning. Whether it’s stimulating outdoor activities, culinary wonders or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse and dynamic activities and attractions for all travellers. For more information visit

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