Fire Island New York is low maintenance fun. It’s perfect for my tri-state compadres seeking a beach vacay without forcing all guests to jump on a plane. It’s unique, because it’s only accessible by boat – no cars allowed. You’re encouraged to wander the island in your flip flops and just unwind. Plus, they are not strict about props.
Kudos and gracias to the bride’s future sister-in-law for planning this one.
Ultimate Fire Island Bachelorette Party
Getting There: We took the ferry from Bayshore Long Island to Ocean Beach. It was an enjoyable 45 minute ride soaking in the sun.
Hotel: The Palms
I heard the hotel rooms were tiny… luckily we didn’t even see them because we got UPGRADED. Woot woot! We stayed in “The Cottage” which was basically like renting a house in the most convenient location ever. It was much nicer to celebrate in a common area or the back patio vs. cramming into a hotel room. Plus, we had a full size fridge to store all of the alcohol in.
There are some additional perks to staying here. They provide hotel guests with beach chairs, wagons to lug everything around, towels, umbrellas and even bikes. They also include a free continental breakfast.
If you plan on staying here, make sure to book well in advance as they fill up quickly and jack up the prices. The biggest downside is that there is no pool. Plus, we saw a little Peppino running around. (That’s a mouse, in case you were wondering).
We spent the days at the beach. On the first day, we went to Ocean Beach which was a few minutes from the hotel. This beach was super strict about having food or beverages. While I saw a few people munching on sandwiches, I wouldn’t recommend it. No one wants a ticket for something that dumb.
The next day, we hauled our booties to Ocean Bay Park. It was a decent walk – at least a half hour. This beach had more of a party scene and we stopped at a store nearby to grab some beer. Make sure to keep it covered though when entering the beach, because technically it’s not allowed.
The bride also brought a giant swan float and pump. It made for the biggest bachelorette prop to date and served as a great conversation starter. Though, I can’t believe they took it in the ocean and managed not to drown! I wasn’t having any part of that.
On our departure date, we strolled the town to check out the shops. There weren’t any noteworthy stores but they’re all kind of charming and cute in their own way.
On Friday night, we ate at Island Mermaid. We had planned to do a prix-fix menu, but it wasn’t worth it since we didn’t have a full crew. We did however purchase a wristband for a $5 Rocket Fuel. The drink normally costs $14 and is deadly with the Bacardi 151. However, these are big on the island and you should try one while you’re there. The food was meh. I think it’s more of a seafood place so I didn’t care for the menu. Then, we stayed after dinner expecting it to turn into the island’s best dance party. However, it too was mediocre at best and we swiftly left. Plus the owner/manager was totally creeping us out.
Another night, we wanted to stay late at the beach so we just ordered in pizza. This was clutch and I highly advise a casual pregame pizza party with silly bachelorette games.
Ocean Beach in Fire Island is made for bar hopping. However, many of the places charged covers but this appeared to be waived for bachelorette parties.
We particularly gravitated to Sand Bar. On the first night, they had a countdown to midnight as if it was New Years Eve. It was hysterical and complete with confetti and napkin throwing. We also liked the music, there was a stage to dance on, and it was big enough. I’m told that this place can be super young. However, we went at the end of summer when most of the college kids were back in school so we got to avoid that.
Albatross was a tiny bar but worth the stop. Randomly, they had a luau theme complete with leis and limbos. On another note, you’re encouraged to spin the lamps above the bar.
Then there was some late night bar next to Albatross. I am already blanking on the name. But don’t even bother trying to go there before 1AM because you’ll be the only people in the place. Afterwards though, it’s so much fun!
Botch and Learn – Avoid a Botch-lorette in Fire Island:
- Parking was confusing and limited at the ferry. The front lot by the actual Ocean Beach Ferry was for season ticket holders. We had to park across the street.
- When travelling between towns, utilize the water taxis vs. hoofing it. There’s no cars on the island, so there’s really no other way to get around with your beach load.
- I would have liked to check out Flynn’s in Ocean Bay Park. They supposedly have a killer happy hour.
- The bars are open until 4 AM … danger.
- No need to dress up. The dress code is fairly lenient. Save yourself the pain and ditch the heels as this is beach vibes all the way.