A GUIDE TO FIRE ISLAND
HOW TO GET HERE
Take the LIRR from NYC’s Penn Station to Bay Shore, Patchogue or Sayville. Those stations are all close to mainland ferry terminals that will take you to Fire Island. If you get off at Sayville or Bay Shore, you might want to take a taxi or a shuttle to the ferry terminal.
WHAT TO PACK
”I always bring slip dresses, they are so easy to style,” says Paloma Elsesser. ”Just add some lipstick and fun earrings and you’re ready for a night out. And I pack a lot of matching tops and bottoms – you don’t want to be stressed out on your vacation!"
WHAT TO EAT
Seafood is obviously the specialty – often served fried. Ocean Beach is the main community on Fire Island, and the place where you’ll find most options. Maguire’s is a classic. If you’re craving sushi, try Surf’s Out in Kismet.
WHERE TO PONDER
All beaches on Fire Island are perfect for pondering. Weekends can be busy in high-season – come on weekdays to really experience the tranquillity. If you want to avoid the crowds of day trippers, try Fair Harbour – one of the more low-key areas.
WHERE TO DANCE
Fire Island Pines, Kismet and Cherry Grove are said to host the most vibrant nightlife. If you’re in the mood for bar-hopping, Ocean Beach has the most options.
LIVES: New York City
PHOTOGRAPHER: Sandra Semburg
STYLIST: Daniel Edley | Brydges Mackinney
HAIR AND MAKEUP: Stoj | Streeters
MODEL: Paloma Elsesser | Muse