Long Island, NY - A Vacation Paradise
Long Island offers some of the most exciting and varied vacation experiences imaginable, yet it's
relatively inexpensive and easy to get to.
The bad news? Once you get here you may not want to go home.
Why visit Long Island?
*World's best beaches
*Wineries and vineyards that rival those in France and California
*Scenic agricultural landscapes
*Authentic maritime communities
*Shopping, shopping and more shopping
*Excellent sport fishing grounds
*Top rated golf courses
*First class hotels and restaurants
Long Island is part of New York State and is located just east of Manhattan and south of Connecticut.
On Long Island's south shore you'll find Jones Beach, Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point.
On the North Fork are our famous wineries and vineyards. Between the forks is picturesque Shelter
There are four things you don't want to miss on your trip to Long Island. Of course, you won't be able
to see everything in one day so plan on spending at least a day or two in each area.
With over 400 miles of coastline Long Island beaches are some of the most beautiful and comfortable
on the planet. The surf's not too rough, the water temperature is comfortable, the fine sand is easy on
your feet and the sun is just right for a great tan.
Fire Island is one of the most peaceful, yet exciting places on Long Island. The island is home to 17
or so unique seaside communities that offer something for everyone. Nightlife, shopping, wilderness,
camping, music, hiking, dining, art galleries, beaches--You'll find it all on Fire Island.
The North Fork
Long Island's north fork is an unusual mixture of agricultural and coastal communities. You'll find
farms, restaurants, bed & breakfasts, wineries, beaches, motels and marinas in abundance here.
The South Fork (The Hamptons and Montauk Point)
The south fork of Long Island is larger than the north fork and comprised entirely of the Hamptons
and Montauk Point.
The Hamptons are frequently referred to as the playground of the rich. This beautiful area is both
scenic and sophisticated with beaches, museums, wineries, farm stands, art galleries, antique shops
and upscale restaurants.
Montauk Point is the easternmost tip of Long Island. Some consider it the end of long Island, others
the beginning. In any case, this town is the fishing capital of Long Island and one of the fishing
capitals of the world.
Of course, Montauk Point is more than just fish. Camping, hiking, shopping, dining, whale watching,
the lighthouse and romantic ocean-front hotels make Montauk the perfect choice for family fun.
The south fork is huge and you really can't see it all in a one day trip. Your best bet is to drive through
the Hamptons and spend the night and following day in Montauk Point.
The Shelter Island ferry is an excellent way to get from the north fork to the south fork. You'll avoid
back tracking through Riverhead, enjoy a short but scenic boat ride, and get to see picturesque
Shelter Island. Ferries run 365 days a year from 6:00am until midnight and depart every 15 minutes
from terminals in Greenport on the north fork and North Haven in the Hamptons.
To make the most out of your Long Island trip the best time of year to visit is between Memorial Day
and Labor Day (last week of May through first week of September).
During that time of year absolutely everything is open and running in full swing. During the fringe
times early in May or Late September things are either gearing up or slowing down, so in the summer
oriented communities you might find some restaurants and shops closed.
The advantage to touring at these times is of course, fewer crowds and better hotel rates.
What I've presented in this short article only hints at the possibilities. Long Island is THE place for
memorable summer vacations, romantic weekend getaways, and exciting day trips.
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