Whether you’re traveling by boat, car or on foot, these marinas will likely have something to catch your eye and meet your budget. From relaxing beaches to water sports and romantic sunset views, these spots celebrate summer’s offerings:
IF YOU WANT A DATE NIGHT
WHERE Danfords Hotel and Marina, 25 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
INFO 631-928-5200, ext. 123, danfords.com
A harborside hotel in Port Jefferson village preferred for food and drinks, Danfords is known for its Sunday brunch. The most popular of its signature drinks is the Tidal Wave (coconut rum, blue Curacao, pineapple juice and piña colada puree), says hostess Melissa Nolan. This year, the onsite restaurant Wave offers live music every day. There’s a 75-slip marina where you can see yachts up to 250 feet long. Fridays and Saturdays are the most frequented for date nights.
GET IN THE TIKI MOOD
WHEN | WHERE Strong’s Water Club and Marina, opens at noon Wednesday-Sunday, 2255 Wickham Ave., Mattituck
INFO 631-315-5252, strongsmarine.com
Pace’s Dockside Restaurant at the base of Mattituck Inlet is known for its island vibe, created with the help of reggae music and an outdoor tiki bar. The venue also has poolside service and live entertainment. Joe Diveloo will perform classic rock hits July 8. “Everybody comes here for the views,” says waiter Jeff Abinette. Take advantage of popular happy hour specials which include half-priced drinks and discounted appetizers 4 p.m.-close Wednesday-Friday.
FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN — AND GREAT SUNSETS
WHERE Point Lookout marina
Although it is often overlooked by folks en route to Long Beach, Point Lookout is quaint and walkable and has several spots to sit out and watch the boats coming and going. The area, like many other of Long Island’s marinas, is also desirable for fishing and charter boat trips. The littlest anglers can try Scotty’s Fishing Station (72 Bayside Dr., 516-432-4665), which hosts fishing nights for kids every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., when youngsters can fish with rental rods, dine and compete for prizes. “We have beautiful bridges and fish,” says Robbie Sternkopf, assistant manager at Scotty’s. Common catches in the area are bluefish, flukes and squid. Registration required.
IF YOU WANT TO TRY WATER SPORTS
WHERE Treasure Cove Resort Marina, 469 E. Main St., Riverhead
INFO 631-727-8386, treasurecoveresortmarina.com
Canoe on Peconic Bay or bird-watch from the beach — and don’t be surprised if you spot a sea eagle or a blue heron. The marina’s picturesque location on the Peconic River makes it ripe for water sports. The most popular offerings at Long Island Canoe Kayak Rentals, which is part of the resort, are canoe, fishing pole, kayak, stand-up paddle board and bicycle rentals. Seasonal guided tours are also available. The 120-slip marina is a short distance from the heart of downtown Riverhead, and the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is also relatively close by
WATCH THE SAILING
WHERE New Suffolk Shipyard at Schoolhouse Creek, 6775 New Suffolk Rd., New Suffolk (631-734-6311), and New Suffolk Shipyard at Cutchogue Harbor, 3350 West Creek Ave., Cutchogue (631-734-6993)
New Suffolk Shipyard’s two locations on the North Fork cater to different audiences. Serious sailors might appreciate watching the boat races every Wednesday night at Schoolhouse Creek, which is on the Peconic. Meanwhile, casual visitors and local devotees are often attracted to the white sandy beaches and secluded restaurants within walking distance in New Suffolk Village.
IF YOU WANT A DAY-TRIP ESCAPE
WHERE Atlantique, Fire Island
INFO Via ferry from Bay Shore ($19 round trip, 631-665-3600, fireislandferries.com)
Sure, the 150-plus-slip marina is popular with weekend boaters, but day-trippers who come by ferry can hit the beach that’s a short walk from the ferry dock. There are lifeguards, 24-hour hot showers and bathrooms. Many pit stop after a long beach day at the Shack at Atlantique, a hut-like hot spot that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily through Labor Day. Visit the restaurant’s Facebook page (facebook.com/theshackatlantique) for the live-music schedule.