How to Find a Nude Beach in the Fire Island Area of New York

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Nude Beaches are increasing in popularity. As our society lowers its inhibitions, we are finding freedom in letting go of some previously accepted limitations. Use this information to help you find a nude beach in the Fire Island area of New York. Going topless in New York is legal, but be careful about potential citations for full nudity in areas that are not specifically marked as nude beaches.

  • Lighthouse Beach is your first option for nude beaches on Fire Island. This nude beach is frequented by many different types of people, from homosexuals and heterosexuals to couples and whole families. To reach Lighthouse Beach, you can use your car or take a combination of the bus and train. If you take your car, travel the State Parkway to Exit 40 South. Drive to the end of this stretch and follow the signs for Robert Moses State Park. You will come to a traffic circle. Stay to the left. When you see Field 5, go ahead and park. When you are on the beach, walk for a mile and you will come to Lighthouse Beach. Or, if you prefer the bus and train route, take the Long Island Railroad to Babylon. Then catch the bus to Robert Moses.

  • The second nude beach is known as Lighthouse East. You will encounter an official nude beach here. Even though the area is an official nude beach designated with a sign, and bigger than Lighthouse Beach, it is not as crowded as Lighthouse Beach. You can even find the Inn and the Out restaurants with bars in addition to a small store. To reach this beach, it is best to take the Long Island Railroad to Bayshore and then ferry over to Kismet Beach. When you arrive at Kismet Beach, take a right and walk approximately five minutes. You will then see the lighthouse and sign.

  • Cherry Grove is a fun spot that is officially recognized as a nude beach. You will find many things to do in this location. For example, you can shop, eat at several restaurants, and find bars that have dance floors. Again, a mixture of people use this area, but only about 50% of them are nude. However, no one who is clothed seems to be bothered by those who are not. If you would like to stay at Cherry Grove, the Grove Hotel (631-597-6600) seems to be a good choice. To reach Cherry Grove, take the Long Island Railroad to Sayville and then ferry over to Cherry Grove. To find the nude section of the beach, take a left when you get to the beach. The nude beach is to the east between the Pines and Cherry Grove.

  • If you are looking for a more private beach that is not necessarily designated as a nude beach, there are a couple of choices. Between Sailor's Haven and Cherry Grove, you will find an area to the west of Davis Park used by nude sunbathers. In addition, between Watch Hill and Smith Point, there are six miles of undeveloped beach often used by nude sunbathers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Even though Cherry Grove does see its share of families, be warned that inappropriate activity is not unheard of.
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