. Fire Island is one place with many destinations. Resort communities abound and natural wonders entice, but a major part of the island falls within the U.S. National Park Service’s protection as a national seashore. Boaters are a common sight in the Great South Bay on summer weekends. Many are flocking to Talisman, Sailors Haven, […]
Technology has long been a part of boating; vessel designs have evolved to make them more efficient and safer, utilizing advanced motors that go faster. Communication devices bring boaters knowledge and assist in emergencies. So it made sense for Keith Cooper to turn to technology to help solve what he saw as a problem: a […]
. Todd Brice grew up in Amityville enjoying life on the water, as did his parents and his grandparents. When he and Ana married, it was a given that they would raise their family in this waterside town. Life in Amityville is water-centric for many. “There are boathouses on the bay. People use the bay […]
Swan River is easily accessible from the Great South Bay. Located between Patchogue River and Mud Creek, the 1½ mile long and 15-foot wide river is tidal. It’s home to several marinas, a water accessible restaurant, and waterfront homes. There’s another community as well — one made up of wildlife and fish. The […]
. Regattas, challenging for participants, are also exciting and dynamic to watch. The 2016 J/24 Nationals on the Great South Bay in Blue Point will be a great opportunity to see the racers battle each other and the elements. The J/24 is a very popular one design keel boat; 39 of these vessels are expected […]
. Constantly shaped and reshaped by wind and waves, barrier islands are ever-changing. The complex interaction of sediment, waves, and currents results in a dynamic landscape and marine environment with formations like beaches, dunes, and spits shifting over time. The Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness on the east end of Fire Island National […]
. An old sea captain named Al Grover and his daughter Joanne, fresh out of college, wanted to improve the world. That grand vision became one of the largest volunteer organizations in the United States as the Grovers and a few other volunteers in an ole’ leaky Garvey began Operation SPLASH (Stop Pollution Litter […]
. With the Great South Bay serving as its stunning background, the annual Fire Island Dance Festival is an amazing boating destination. Hosted by the entertaining Tituss Burgess, this year’s festival takes place at Fire Island Pines on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. The entrance to the Pines harbor is directly due south […]
On the Waterfront is a perfect spot to dock and dine while enjoying boating on the Great South Bay. It is located right down the street from Sandspit Park Beach and Marina. The restaurant is more appropriately described as a bar and grill. The dining room has a nice view of the canal and is […]
By the time my father started boating I was married with three young children. He quickly grew to love being on the Great South Bay. He savored every aspect of caring for his Bayliner, naming it Maggie Rose after his granddaughter. Dad spent hours winterizing the boat himself (he even took a class where he […]
Welcome to Boating Times Long Island’s NAVTOOL. Click on the title above to access the routes. Then scroll down and click on the harbor below where you keep your boat to view a waypoint by waypoint route to this destination. You can zoom in for greater detail and download the route to your GPS by […]
At 10 miles long, the Carmans River in Brookhaven is one of the four largest rivers on Long Island. The river is fed exclusively from groundwater and is protected by the Long Island Pines Barrens. The first eight miles of the river consists only of fresh water. It then becomes an estuary as it encounters […]
Long Island was devastated by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 as storm surges surpassed record highs for the region. This monstrous storm caused $6.7 billion in property damage on Long Island’s waterfront and displaced many residents from their homes for prolonged periods of time. With sea levels rising and the potential for more frequent and […]
Almost equally distant from Oceanside and Amityville, Short Beach is one of the nicest, cleanest, sandy beaches on the south shore. This small basin, tucked into the northwestern side of Jones Beach State Park, is adjacent to the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station and located just between Jones Inlet and Bascule Bridge on Sloop Channel. […]
. Q. What happens every July with the Great South Bay in the background that is spectacularly entertaining while raising funds for those in need? A. The Fire Island Dance Festival. The 21st annual festival takes place at Fire Island Pines on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 19. The entrance to the Pines harbor […]
We’ve compiled a list of places that won’t frown on visits from Fido, at least some of the time. Owners should look for posted signs or call ahead before clambering off the boat with canine companions. Babylon Village: There are dog runs at Rotary Path and Whaler’s Cove. Poop bags are offered at Argyle Memorial […]
In the summer, you spend a lot of time on,in, and around the water. In case you’re curious, we’ve collected some interesting facts for you on certain of our nearby water bodies. Long Island Sound The Sound is 21 miles wide at its widest point and 113 miles long. The volume of water in Long […]
. The only way to make the Fire Island Dance Festival even more of a fun event is to arrive via your boat. The entrance to the Pines harbor is directly due south of Sayville on Fire Island; the harbor entrance actually starts east of the marina at marker “G1.” Follow that marker to “G3” […]
The only thing more fun than enjoying performances by boatloads of musicians is taking a boatload of your friends to the Great South Bay Music Festival via boat. Shorefront Park in Patchogue comes alive as the festival kicks off Friday, July 18 at 4:30 pm. It runs through 11:00 pm that day, continues on Saturday, […]
Like Earth, the oceans are not flat. Currents and water temperatures can change the face of the seas, causing them to rise and fall over years or decades. A worldwide warming climate plays a big part in the future of coastal communities, but what exactly does sea level rise mean, and is there anything that […]
Sailors Haven is a nature lover’s paradise. Whether you are looking to soak up the sun on a pristine barrier beach, explore a globally rare maritime forest ecosystem, or watch the sun set over the Great South Bay, you can do it at this National Park Service (NPS) site on the Fire Island National Seashore. […]
An engaging and entertaining summer boat vacation is practically at your doorstep. A trip around Long Island is 250 nautical miles (which is not much more than visiting Block Island), and it can be completed in less than two weeks. While your pauses may vary, we’ve put together a fun itinerary of harbor-side stopovers. You can start this trip from any harbor and reverse our directions, depending on your starting point.
Click on each highlighted cove listing below to read our review. North Shore Coves & Anchorages (West to East) Little Bay Leeds Pond North Hempstead Town Beach West Harbor The Sand Hole Lloyd Harbor Sand City Nissequogue River Whitehall Beach Pirates Cove South Shore Coves & Anchorages (West to East) Plumb Beach Short Beach Zach’s […]
Are you looking for a clean, sandy beach between Oceanside and Amityville? Short Beach is what you’re seeking!
Nicoll Bay is situated between Heckscher State Park and West Sayville on the northern side of the Great South Bay. Known to locals as an area to drop anchor and relax, Nicoll Bay provides panoramic views of Heckscher State Park and West Sayville.
Very few local day trips provide as much breathtaking scenery and shoreline architecture as does a cruise around Manhattan. Moreover, New York City is easily accessible from both the north and south shores, making this trip ideal for many Long Island boaters.
Watch Hill, part of the U.S. National Park Service, is located at the western edge of the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness in Fire Island, across the Great South Bay from Patchogue. Visitors can relax at the beach or swim in the ocean (staffed with lifeguards, in-season), walk or hike on a salt marsh nature trail through the wilderness, trek over to Davis Park, bird watch, and take a guided canoe tour.
If you enjoy live theater and are always looking for new places to visit by boat, why not combine the two activities? We’ve compiled a list of theaters that are accessible by boat and nearby vessel lodging. All that you need to do is check the schedule of plays and musicals, buy tickets, and reserve […]
Atlantique, with over 150 slips at the public marina, offers boaters a variety of services. Located approximately 2 ½ miles east of the Fire Island Lighthouse, this facility is available to residents of the Town of Islip as well as non-residents. The Dock Master monitors Ch. 9 and may also be reached at 631-583-8610.