A thin barrier island off the coast of Long Island, gay and lesbian travelers flock here in droves every year for respite from the hustle and bustle of NYC. Though a mere 2 hours away from the city it feels like a world away. The two main gay areas are Cherry Grove which is most popular with lesbians, and Fire Island Pines for gay guys. Both communities are close to one another so it is easy to get around town by foot and really get a feel for the town! There are two main areas for the gay scene on Fire Island. The first is Fire Island Pines, which is extremely popular with the boys. Many have timeshares during the summer and a few select own beautiful homes that dot the coastline.
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Accommodations fill quickly on Fire Island and only a few towns offer hotel and inn options. This secluded island is all about defining your own fun at the beach. Picking the right hotel on Fire Island starts with picking the location that suits your lifestyle. Many Fire Island visitors are looking for either hotels in the gay resort destination of The Pines and Grove or the more family oriented and straight singles areas of Ocean Beach. This secluded spot at the end of Cayuga Walk offers a great location as it sits on the sand dune overlooking the ocean. The accommodations are modest and vary in cabins, studios, and guest suites.
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But even with these renovations, Fire Island still preserves its natural, authentic charm. Fire Island unofficially kicks off its tourist season right after Memorial Day weekend. To get to either the Pines or Cherry Grove, Sayville Ferry Service provides transportation back and forth to the island. Be on time, though — the ferry service has a strict schedule. We highly recommend you plan your itinerary early.
By Andrew Collins. There are likely no communities in the world with a higher percentage of gay residents than Cherry Grove and Pines, the two neighboring summer resort communities on Fire Island, a barrier island about 50 miles east-southeast of New York City. From May through October, this narrow, shrub-shrouded island buzzes with activity, as thousands of gay and lesbian visitors descend for beach vacations lasting anywhere from a weekend to the entire summer. Here's a gallery of gay life on Fire Island.