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Your summer guide to Fire Island

Aboard a Fire Island ferry to Ocean Beach,

Aboard a Fire Island ferry to Ocean Beach, Brian Shea, of Larchmont in Westchester County, takes a selfie with his family, clockwise from left, Kyle, Margaret, and Trevor.  Credit: Daniel Goodrich

Fire Island has been inhabited by pirates, whalers and the Coast Guard. Today, its population is just as diverse. Distinct but overlapping communities welcome young singles, families, moguls and regular Joes. All vacationers agree that the absence of cars and proximity to the water are the prime attractions. Then there are restaurants, clubs, shops, historical sites and natural wonders galore. Here is a guide to vacationing in 7 of the island's most popular communities.

KISMET For nature lovers  

SALTAIRE Quiet residential hamlet 

OCEAN BEACH Bustling, family friendly haven 

OCEAN BAY PARK Party central 

CHERRY GROVE Lively LGBTQ social scene   

THE PINES History, architecture & gay culture 

DAVIS PARK Boaters' paradise 

GETTING THERE Navigating the ferry system 

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