• 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

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  • New Backcountry Camping procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through Recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Davis Park or access points west, and involve a 2½ to 10 mile hike. More »

For Your Safety: Protect Yourself From Sun

Crowds on beach with colorful umbrellas.

Many sunbathers bring an umbrella or sunshade, but be prepared to carry all your beach gear from the ferry and back again.

Be sure you're protecting yourself and your children from the sun. The sun's rays reflect off the water and can cause long-term damage to your skin and eyes. You should apply appropriate sunscreen, even on cloudy days.

Remember to reapply after swimming. Wear or carry with you a lightweight long-sleeved shirt or cover-up and a hat for additional sun protection. Don't forget to cover or apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet, especially if you're strolling down the beach!

Wear quality sunglasses with 100% UV protection to protect your eyes. Beach umbrellas are recommended, but you'll have to carry them on and off the island with you. At this time, umbrella rentals are not available at Fire Island National Seashore beaches.

Drink plenty of water or sports drinks on hot days to avoid dehydration. Remember that caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body, so drink fluid that will hydrate you whenever you're in the sun.

Fire Island's cool breezes often temper the effects of summer heat. However, you should recognize the signs of common hot-weather health emergencies—heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rash—and take proper precautions to protect yourself.


For More Information

Preventing Skin Cancer
Dealing with Extreme Heat
National Weather Service Heat Index

Did You Know?

Deer standing in thicket of shrubs.

In the mid-1970s, Fire Island's deer herd consisted of only about 50 white-tailed deer. By 2005, the number was estimated to be 500-700 deer. More...