One-year permits for outer beach driving are available at most of the park ranger stations at the entrance to most facilities. For Suffolk residents, the cost is $92 with a Green Key, which costs $24 (suffolkcountyny .gov/departments/parks /greenkeycard.aspx). The cost to non-Suffolk residents is $225.
WHERE TO FIND
THE OUTER BEACHES
A couple of websites will provide more information. Go to suffolkcountyny.gov/ departments/parks/recre ationalactivities/offroading. aspx, or bit.ly/Ojhi58.
— Smith Point County Park,
— Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton 631-852-8111
— Shinnecock East,
Southampton 631-852-8899 (631-852-8290 — Montauk County Park, Montauk 631-852-7878
— State Parks (after Labor Day), 631-321-3700
The seasonal state outer beach pass, available at Hither Hills and Montauk Downs state parks in Montauk, can be purchased the Tuesday after Labor Day, and costs $65; $110 for out-of-state residents.
— Napeague State Park, Amagansett
— Montauk Point State Park
— Hither Hills State Park, Montauk
— Gilgo State Park, Babylon
— Democrat Point, Robert Moses State Park
LONG ISLAND BEACH BUGGY ASSOCIATION
First-time annual membership is $35; $10 for anyone 65 and older. Newcomers get the rules for outer beach driving, which include having the necessary equipment and learning who has the right of way on narrow sand paths.
FOR OUTER BEACH
DRIVING AND CAMPING
Tire gauge, spare tire, tow chain or snap line, jack and jack board, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, air compressor and tank and self-contained toilet with five gallons of water.