• Miles of uncrowded white sandy beaches extend to the horizon, separating the clear blue ocean and undulating grass-covered dunes.

    Fire Island

    National Seashore New York

Sailors Haven

A view from the Sunken Forest overlook platform
NPS Photo/Sucena
A Centuries-Old Forest
Sailors Haven is home to one of the best known areas of Fire Island National Seashore—the Sunken Forest. It is located near the center of the island, across the Great South Bay from Sayville, New York. It is accessible by Sayville Ferry, private boat, and foot only.

The well-developed secondary dune system and rare maritime holly forest are among the natural features at this site.


In addition to a one and a half mile long boardwalk trail through the Sunken Forest, Sailors Haven also offers a visitor center; snack bar/convenience store/gift shop; picnic tables and grills; lifeguarded beach (summer only); a 45-slip public marina with electricity, water and a free boat pump-out station; restrooms and showers. (See this year's dates and rates.)

Sail to Sailors Haven
The Sailors Haven Marina can accommodate boats with a draft to 5 feet and a 15-foot beam. All slips have electric and water (extra fee charged). There is a 14-day limit on each stay. Reservations are not accepted at this time.

Pets are not permitted on the ocean beach at Sailors Haven from March 15 through Labor Day. You're welcome to bring your dog, but remember that this may restrict your options for enjoyment of Sailors Haven. Pets must always be leashed, and you're required to properly dispose of your pet's excrement.

Important Phone Numbers
(Seasonal, mid-May - mid-October)
Sailors Haven Visitor Center:
Sailors Haven Marina, Snack Bar, Gift Shop:
631 597-6171
Sayville Ferry Service:

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