East of the City, West of the Hamptons

by Richard, CEO

So many people think that the world ends at the NYC border and doesn’t resume until you get to the ultra-famous ‘Hamptons’. Well, nothing could be further from the truth.
For visitors interested in seeing more of New York without the 3 hour Hamptons drive here are a few closer options:

Long Beach – a 30 minute car ride or a 45 minute ride on the LIRR from Manhattan brings you a block from the ocean, surrounded by miles of beaches and boardwalk. Less snobby and less costly than anything in the Hamptons, Long Beach is a good option – plenty of places to eat, a wide beach that runs for miles and no ‘beach fee’ like they charge in New Jersey.

Atlantic Beach – just to the west of Long Beach is a quieter option that is just as wide and pretty. A ½ block walk from the Long Beach LIRR station or a cab ride gets you there in 5 minutes.

Fire Island – fabulous barrier island – you can get there via the LIRR to Bayshore or a 90 minute car ride. Once there you hop on one of the ferries to one of the islands 6 destinations. Pleasant 10-15 minute ferry rides. There is plenty to do if you are a beach bum at heart. Many of the small towns have their own following and many offer great food options– all on an island less than a mile wide. Without too much difficulty you can walk from one little village to the next in 10-15 minutes. There are no cars allowed on Fire Island other than those belonging to the residents.

Jones Beach and Robert Moses Beach – located to the east of Long Beach And the west of Fire Island, these barrier islands offer miles and miles of wide open beaches. At Jones Beach, there are stops along the way to get ‘beach food’. At Robert Moses, you can walk to the Lighthouse and see living history.

Now, get out there and soak up the sun!

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