Fire Island is only accessible by ferry, despite what Google Maps says. You can get there by car or by LIRR from Manhattan (about 1 hour each). The ferry leaves from 99 Maple Ave, Bay Shore, NY.
TO FIRE ISLAND FERRY
By LIRR: Your station is "Bay Shore" on the Montauk Branch (usually switch trains at Jamaica). When you arrive at Bay Shore station, there will be taxis parked outside ($5/per person) to Fire Island Ferries. There are several ferries, so be sure to tell the driver you are going to Ocean Beach.
By car: When approaching 99 Maple Ave, turn left at Aldrich Ct. You will see a sign: "Main Terminal. Fire Island Ferries Inc". It will lead you to the parking lot right in front of the ferry terminal. Parking costs $17/day.
The ferry goes to several different destinations. Make sure you are taking the one to Ocean Beach. The ferry takes about 25 minutes. You can find the schedule Check the ferry schedule after April 8th to see the updated schedule for the season. WHAT TO WEAR
Think: Island Chic. Wear your wedding best, with some concessions to the informal nature of island life. Men: suits, with or without jacket. Women: stylish cocktail attire.
A note on shoes: The reception will be at a restaurant, but the ceremony proper will take place on the beach. Expect to take off your shoes for the ceremony and walk through sand. For the Sunday morning brunch at our house, you will need to walk through a sand path, so pack a pair of sandals. WEATHER
Who knows? In mid-May, the weather is unpredictable. It can feel like summer, or it can be pretty chilly, especially after sunset. Weather.com claims that mid-May averages are around 20C (68F) high and 10C (50F) low. HOTELS
The are three hotels nearby (5 mins walk):
PALMS HOTEL-OCEAN BEACH (Pricy)
BLUE WATER'S HOTEL-OCEAN BEACH (Mid-Range)
HOUSER'S HOTEL-OCEAN BEACH (Cheapest) Blue Waters hotel room prices are around $350 + tax for 2 days (Fri - Sun); they have no 1-day option. Their apartment-style prices (tax included) for the same weekend are: Apt. 1 $600 (sleeps 3-5) Apt. 2 $700 (sleeps 4-6) Apt. 3,4,5 $1,000 (sleeps 6-8) Apt. 6 $1,200 (sleeps 10-12)
Other options: www.vrbo.com, airbnb.com, and Seashore Motel (cheapest rates, 20 mins walk from venue). WANT MORE FIRE ISLAND?
If you are planning to stay longer, let us know, and we'll advise you what to do here.