Destination: Long Island

By June 11, 2021June 23rd, 2021Dock, Explore
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To say that Long Island has a lot to offer boaters would be a whale of an understatement. With waterways and shoreline destinations liberally spread across the north and south shores, the question is, “Where to begin?” The crew at Snag-A-Slip knows the Long Island boating scene, and the wide-ranging experiences it offers – spring, summer, and fall. So, whether you’ve spent a lifetime sailing in and around Long Island, or this is your maiden voyage, you’ll find something on our list of the best destinations on Long Island that calls to you.

Long Island, with a northern and southern coastline, has long been a well-liked destination for boaters. But don’t let that deter you. If you’re looking for a bit of serenity amongst quiet splendor, you can still find it here. What we’re saying is, if you want to feel like you’re in your own private cove during the day, yet head out for cocktails and a first-class meal on the town in the evening, Long Island is your place.

Village of Greenport


Townsend Manor Inn & Marina has been located along Long Island’s North Fork, in the heart of historic Greenport, since the early 1800’s.


The Village of Greenport has been voted “One of America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes and one of the “50 best yachting destinations in North America” by Yachting Magazine. What more can we say? Lots! Because of its deep and protected harbor, it’s a former whaling and shipbuilding center with a long and colorful Maritime history. You can learn all about Greenport’s history by visiting their Maritime Museum. Greenport is also home to Long Beach Bar “Bug” Light, one of only four offshore lighthouses in the United States that allows visitors. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, Greenport’s annual East End Maritime Festival, usually held at the end of September, draws boaters from all around. It’s a celebration of everything boating. A good time is had by all with activities like a Land and Sea Gala, parade, and celebration with music and mouth watering food.

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Orient Point


Duryea’s Orient Point provides a relaxing stay for the whole family. Located in Gardiners Bay, it offers a gorgeous setting and quick access to the Long Island Sound.


Orient, or Orient Point? Most people use them interchangeably. But the fact is, Orient Point refers to the physical point at the end of the North Fork of Long Island. Orient is actually the hamlet in which the point is located. No matter what you call it, this easternmost town on Long Island’s beautiful North Fork is a mix of charming and modern with lots of salty! Relax on the beach, play in the serene waters, soak in some history, or enjoy a cocktail and meal waterside. While there, visit Orient Beach State Park. Not only does it tout beautiful scenery and calm waters, it also has conveniences like a lifeguard on duty, restrooms, picnic area and an updated playground. The whole family will find something to love at Orient Point. And when you’re ready to hit the town, Greenport is close by for great places to eat and window shop.

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Gone Fishing Marina, on the mouth of Lake Montauk in Montauk, is a full-service marina that has everything you’ll need for boating fun.


Boaters appreciate this charming Long Island hamlet for its glorious white sandy beaches, miles of hiking trails, excellent restaurants and famed wine tasting. Montauk, and Hamptons, wineries are renowned for having something for wine dabblers and connoisseurs. Long Island’s peerless soil quality, and world-class wine experts, have transformed Long Island’s East End into one of the world’s most famous wine regions. But there’s so much more to this popular weekend getaway. Montauk is overflowing with history. From its world-famous Montauk Point Lighthouse to the Second House, the oldest house in Montauk, you’ll be enchanted by its past.

Blue Point


Bay Point Marina is sure to not only meet all your boating needs, but exceed your expectations.


When thinking of Blue Point, on the Great South Bay, you can’t help but think of the internationally sought-after Blue Point Oyster. You could go so far as to say Blue Point is the place that made the oyster famous. Because of Blue Point’s natural beauty and location, it was the summer resort center of Long island in the early 1900’s. Today, the oysters and other marine life, along with endless water activities, have made Blue Point a boater’s paradise. Be sure to stroll along scenic Corey Beach. It’s a small-ish beach, but there’s plenty of room for all. It also has a lifeguard, cafe and bathrooms. And because of its long history as a vacation destination, Blue Point has more than its fair share of attractions, restaurants and hot nightlife. If you’re looking for a good time, you won’t have to go far. And if you’re in the mood for a short boat ride, you can head over to nearby Davis Park and Watch Hill on Fire Island.

Long Island has been graced with enough shoreline and waterways to keep a boater happy for two lifetimes! So when you’re ready, reserve your slip at one of the many Long Island marinas. Just be prepared to be amazed by all that Long Island has to offer.
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Jo Montgomery

Author Jo Montgomery

Jo is a lifelong boat lover and writer. She learned the ropes of boating on her family’s 36’ Carver at the Jersey (joy-see) shore. With over 30 years of writing under her belt, she delights in seeking out, and sharing, the things most important to fellow boating enthusiasts. Jo now lives in Connecticut, near the water she adores, with her husband, two children and large, hairy dog. She is over the moon to be part of the Snag-A-Slip crew!

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