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The narrowest part of Fire Island, Atlantique is centered around sand dune guided walkways. Consisting of only about 50 homes, Atlantique is a close-knit community devoted to boating. The entire town gathers at the 150-slip marina and corresponding snack shack, the heart of the community.
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Considered to be the foremost gay friendly summer retreat in the United States, Cherry Grove is home to most of Manhattan’s Chelsea community. Often compared to Cape Cod’s Provincetown, Cherry Grove is traditionally LGBT enclave. Downtown features a range of amenities, including several restaurants, clubs, bars, and boutiques. Cherry Grove is known for its artistic expression, most evident in creative landscaping, murals, mosaics, and paintings produced by locals. There are around 300 houses in Cherry Grove known for their meticulous sense of design. Please visit www.cherrygrove.com for more information on gay Fire Island.
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A relatively new Fire Island community, Davis Park is located at the far eastern end of the island. Davis Park encompasses three areas: Leja Beach, Ocean Ridge, and Davis Park. It is a true boaters’ community with huge 250-boat marina. The Park maintains an even balance between a young single share house crowd and family-oriented homeowners. The Casino is an important Davis Park hub; a combination restaurant and bar is where the entire town comes together.
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Fire Island Lighthouse
The Fire Island Lighthouse is Fire Island’s most historically significant landmark. Originally built in 1857, the lighthouse has been restored by the Fire Island Preservation Society and open to the public as a museum and observatory.
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Kismet is Fire Island’s westernmost party hub. Kismet’s young New Yorker singles scene hosts never-ending happy hours, disco dancing, and boisterous house parties. A popular Fire Island summer share house destination, Kismet is home to many seasoned Fire Islanders. Kismet nightlife is upheld by two popular bayside bar and grills, The Inn and Surf’s Out. Kismet has a beautiful 100-slip commercial marina that is always packed with boaters. This quaint country-like atmosphere is a refuge from the seemingly congested beaches and towns to its east.
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Ocean Bay Park
Ocean Bay Park is a small town with big personality. Largely populated by share houses, OBP knows how to throw a beach barbeque blowout. The riotous weekend warrior reputation is reinforced by the serious drinking and all night dancing at Flynn’s, Schooners, and The Inn Between. This town’s laid-back, non-restrictive lifestyle is especially appreciated by the waves of young renters seeking a beach party environment.
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The unofficial capital of Fire Island, Ocean Beach is a 600-home community with the greatest concentration of bars, restaurants and stores on the entire island. Overflowing with small-town charm reminiscent of a simpler time, main street walks are lined with mom and pop markets and boutiques. Local children sell painted shell souvenirs out of red radio-flyer wagons. Just outside of town, Ocean Beach walkways are lined with traditional summer cottages that are both home to longtime Fire Island families and home away from home for many share-house transients.
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Robert Moses State Park
Attached to the mainland by the Robert Moses Causeway, this state park offers incredible surfing, fishing, public parks, and facilities. Robert Moses is the perfect escape for city day-trippers working on a tan.
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Maintained by the National Seashore, Sailors Haven is a Fire Island day-tripper destination with no residential living. With access to Sunken Forest, this boaters’ sanctuary is well equipped with a public beach, picnic area and snack bar.
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This scenic area boasts what is perhaps the most convenient location on the Fire Island map, snugly wedged between Ocean Bay Park and Ocean Beach. With a strong emphasis on residential living, Seaview maintains a kid friendly feel with the community playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, ball field, and lifeguard surveyed beach. Seaview is home to Fire Island’s only Synagogue, which also runs a youth program and community activities.
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At the easterly point of Fire Island, Smith Point is accessible from the mainland by the Smith Point Bridge and William Floyd Parkway. Smith Point offers campgrounds at one of the most spacious areas of the island. Vast beaches and high sand dunes characterize this end of the island. Smith Point boasts Fire Island’s only surfing competition.
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A natural wonder and beautiful canopy of tangled flora, Fire Island’s Sunken Forest is completely unique. This below sea level hideaway is protected by the National Seashore. A leisurely stroll through Sunken Forest is a fantastic way to spend the day out of the sun, and features some of Fire Island’s best bird watching and wildlife.
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Part of the Fire Island National Seashore this beautiful segment of the island offers a campground, backcountry trails, nature tours, one restaurant, and a large public boat marina for the more rugged retreat.
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