Yes, winter has hit Long Island at last, and its finally time to wear all of your new holiday sweaters, hats and gloves…But even as you wear your new duds we know that most of you are already dreaming of a little post-holiday R&R at the beach! Believe it or not, now is the best time to plan your summer vacation on Long Island. Most of the Island’s hot spots start taking reservations up to a year in advance, but for those who just can’t plan that far out, they highly recommend getting your June, July and August reservations on the books, and say that most weekend and full-week stays will be sold out for the hot summer months by mid-February. So, do a little research on which of Long Island’s fabulous sea-side towns you want to spend a few days visiting this summer, and start planning. Here are some of the Island’s most popular vacation spots.
One of the most popular vacation destinations in the world, the many villages and towns that make up the Hamptons have something for almost everyone. That said, most come to the south fork of Long Island for the world renowned beaches. Beaches aside, there are tons of additional activities and sights to check out while you are here. Farm-to-table dining, boating and fishing, horse-back riding, camping and hiking, shopping, star gazing (of both the celestial and celebrity persuasion), and some of the best partying on the east coast can be found on a daily and nightly basis. Do a little research on the different vibes and attractions that the various Hampton’s towns have to offer before making your reservations.
Located past the Hamptons at the most eastern part of the South Fork, Montauk takes advantage of the fact that it is surrounded by water on three sides – so, there is no shortage of beaches and related water activities here. Montauk has over 5,000 acres of public beaches and parks, where you can easily spend your time doing a lot of nothing, or pack your days full with swimming, surfing, fishing, boating, golfing, hiking, camping, and horseback riding. Montauk is also home to the largest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in NY and offers plenty of charter and big-game fishing opportunities. Once thought of as a place for only the more mature to visit, Montauk has had a revitalization with the younger crowds over the past few years with new hot spots opening to accommodate those looking for a little late-night partying as well.
If you’ve never been to Fire Island, it’s time to take part in what you’ve been missing. Forget what you’ve heard and check it out for yourself. Like the Hamptons, there are many different communities, all with something different to offer. Some are known for spending lazy days on the beach and gathering with the community for a sunset cocktail on the boardwalk, others are known for outlandish public and private parties. There are communities that have no houses and are for boaters only, and others that have plenty of beach house rentals and an array of dining, shopping, and family-friendly activities all just a stroll away. With over 20 waterfront communities, all very different from one another, you will certainly want to do a little research before making a reservation.
The North Fork
Known to many as Long Island’s wine country, the North Fork of Long Island is one of the east coast’s most authentic and untouched vacation spots you can visit. With miles and miles of farmland and vineyards, nature’s beauty can take your breath away on an easy afternoon drive. But besides touring the over 30 local wineries, this quaint community is also well known for its local artists and galleries, marinas, museums, fishing, fine and casual dining, and of course the many festivals where you can feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
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