Island Mermaid bar at Ocean Beach. A must!
When I first heard of “Fire Island” I immediately thought about the “Lord of the Flies”, that mandatory school book from the 90ies. Some exotic island, far away from everything with forests and palm trees, with no electricity nor cars. Well, I wasn’t mistaken. The only way to get there is by boat, they have electricity but no cars are allowed on the island and small wooden and sandy paths have been created to get from one side of the island to the other. Small towns called Sunken Forrest, Cherry Grove, Robins Rest, Water Island or Lonelyville even add more mysteriousness to this unique summer destination.
During my first visit, I’ve ended up at The Pines. There’s only a handful of restaurants and one local supermarket but this part of the island is populated with the highest concentration of Manhattan’s hottest gays and males. Instead of the Lord of the Flies, I would call my first experience the Lord of the Gays and all the male top models in the world.
If you’re planning on going with your lover or with a group of friends, then Ocean Beach is an excellent choice. The beaches might not be as pristine as in the Pines but it features a range of restaurants and fun bars free of cars and chaos.
A weekend at Fire Island gets you back to life and is a world away from the busy and smelly streets of New York City in summertime.