Fair Harbor, Fire Island

Fair Harbor is a small community on Fire Island, located just a few miles south of Islip, New York, across the Great South Bay. Its world famous beach and friendly people provide a welcome refuge from the cares of the work-a-day world.

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About Fair Harbor

Real Estate — a few of Fair Harbor's 400 houses date to the 1940s, but most were built in the 1970s

Size — less than one square mile

Distance from New York City — about 47 miles by car to the ferry dock in Bay Shore, NY, and six miles across the water by ferry to Fair Harbor

Getting There by Train — By Long Island Rail Road from Penn Station, it takes about 80 minutes to Bay Shore. Trains leave Penn Station frequently for Bay Shore, with connections at either Babylon or Jamaica. Vans meet the trains for the four-minute ride to the ferry docks and charge $4, or people can walk the one-mile distance through Bay Shore in about 15 minutes.

Getting There by Van — David Brothers Car Service (631-665-1515) and Tommy's Taxi (631-665 4384) run vans to and from Manhattan for $25 each way. Pick up in Manhattan is around 53rd St. and Second Ave. and the vans will drop you on Second Ave., anywhere between 96th and 14th St.

Getting There by Car — The drive takes about one hour and 20 minutes from Manhattan to the ferry dock. Take the Long Island Expressway East to Exit 53, then the Sagtikos State Parkway South to the Southern State Parkway East. Turn off at Exit 42 South and follow signs through Bay Shore to the ferry. The ferry dock has overnight parking, but it's often full on weekends between Memorial and Labor Day.

Parking — Parking is available across from the ferry terminal. If it is full, the parking attendants will tell you where else to park. Rates are $8 per day weekdays and $15 per day weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holidays.

The Ferry — It's a 25-minute ferry ride from Bay Shore to Fair Harbor and ferries run about every 90 minutes or longer.

     Round Trip fares: Adult - $17.00, Child - $7.50

     The ferries are located at:
          Fire Island Ferries
          99 Maple Ave.
          Bay Shore, New York 11706
          Phone: 631-665-3600

The FI Ferries also handle freight to Fair Harbor. Check their website or call for details.

Fair Harbor Street Map