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Fire Island may be one, long barrier island off the coast of New York's Long Island, but it's really a string of more than a dozen different towns, beaches, and communities. Each has its own vibe with differing degrees of remoteness, amenities for tourists, and family-friendliness. Kismet, for example, is known for its wild parties, Cherry Grove is the traditional LGBT enclave and has a reputation for catering to Manhattanites, while Ocean Beach has the most to offer daytrippers, with a multitude of bars, restaurants, and even a movie theater. The entryway to Fire Island is Robert Moses State Park and the historic Water Taxi.
Getting There: A fleet of ferries—including the Davis Park Ferry Co, Sayville Ferry Service, and Fire Island Ferries—service different areas of Fire Island from different parts of Long Island. To keep them straight, you can always download the Fire Island App for iPhones and iPads.
FYI: Unfortunately, Fire Island was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and many of its communities are still in different stages of recovery. Check the National Park Service for updates.