Long Island Marinas

Sailing and boating has always been a major aspect of living on Long Island. Marinas are the hub of this seaside culture, and with nearly 80 on the island, both private and public, the maritime culture is strong up and down both shores. Attracting both wealthy sailors and humble fishermen in small crafts, an eclectic history has played out in the marinas of Long Island which today play a major role in the tourist, sportfishing and seafood industries on Long Island.

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Charter Fishing and Party Boats
Long Island Marinas are also the home base for fishing charters and party boats. There are several commercial charter fishing boats which give the opportunity to pick up fluke and flounder, blackfish and bluefish, striped bass cod, marlins and sharks. Nearly 60 charter-fishing vessels are in operation off the coast of Long Island during the season.

Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Canoe and kayak rentals are equally available for a healthy and active pursuit. Long Island is surrounded with a handful of natural water and wetland habitats. Canoe along the north shore and enjoy views of glacial moraines and giant cliffs, the stony beaches and the tidal salt marshes. The Peconic and Great South Bays offers unique sites and calmer waters, but even the rougher water on the Atlantic isn’t enough to keep seasoned kayakers from enjoying the views of Long Island’s famed white sand beaches.

Long Island Ferries
Long Island also offers several ferry transportation options. Sayville, Patchogue and Port Jefferson offer mid-island ferries going to Fire Island and Connecticut, as well as the Staten Island Ferry and a ferry to bring you to Shelter and Block Islands off the East End. For more information about Long Island Ferries, check out our Long Island Ferries Resource Page.

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