Boating Around Long Island


White beaches, scenic coastlines and trendy restaurants are only a few of the fine offerings Long Island boasts as a charming getaway destination in southeastern New York. It can be argued the best way to enjoy Long Island is by boat taking in the calm bay waters and popular shoreline destinations. If you don't have your own boat there is no need to worry, Great Bay Marine offers boat rentals available in Long Island! There are several different boat models to choose from depending on if you are looking to spend the day fishing or just simply taking in the beautiful scenery while cruising. 




This world-famous state park is home to 6.5 miles of beautiful white-sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean, offering several activities. You can swim in the ocean, walk along the boardwalk, go fishing, eat at Gatsby On The Ocean, play miniature golf, and more. At Jones Beach State Park, there is also a splash pad, nature center, and surfing area. Don’t miss out on discovering what makes this beach so special and why roughly 6 million people visit it every year. 


This beach is easily identified by its water tower, as it is the only water tower on Fire Island. Visitors will find everything from boutiques to concerts, movies, art shows, restaurants, and more. You can dock your boat at the Ocean Beach Marina
Insider Tip: Call ahead to check the availability for a boat slip at the marina as there is limited availability! 


Jordan’s Lobster Farms provides visitors with the warm feeling of New England's old-world charm with their fish market, clam bar, backyard bar, and indoor restaurant. Stop by to see why this spot has been a tourist and local favorite for more than 30 years.
Insider Tip: Enjoy a jumbo lobster during your visit. They can weigh up to 15 pounds! 


This relaxed restaurant on the Great South Bay,  inspired by a popular surfing spot in Rincon, Puerto Rico, is Babylon Village’s only waterfront restaurant. Make sure to stop by and get a good bite to eat and relax after a long day of boating with friends and family. 


The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in the state of New York and was commissioned by President George Washinton in 1792. Visitors can find stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean where it meets the Block Island Sound. Surf fishing is a popular activity in the area, and from December 15th through March 31st surfing is also permitted.
Insider Tip: Montauk has been called the “Striped Bass Capital of the World” featuring stripers of all sizes chomping at the bit, day and night!

This South Shore restaurant and bar offers amazing views and good eats. They offer free boat docking seven days a week until 6 pm which means it's perfect for a quick lunch trip with friends and family.
Insider Tip: If you are a sunset enthusiast, make sure to stop by during the summer season to watch the sky turn beautiful colors with the sunset!

Spending a day out on the water with your friends and family, boating around Long Island, makes for the best memories. However, don’t forget safety! From must-have safety gear to the operation of the vehicle, you should keep the following boating safety precautions in mind during your excursion. 

  • Life jackets are one of the most important safety items to have onboard your motor-craft. Each person on board should have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest. All children 12 years or younger must wear a personal flotation device while onboard water vessels less than 65 ft long, including canoes, rowboats, and kayaks. 
  • Having a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and whistle on board is essential in the event of a medical emergency or unforeseen accident. Whistles are often used to signal a call for help out on the water, so ensure that yours is waterproof.
  • Check the weather before heading out onto the water. Sunny and warm days are ideal for boating, but you never know when a storm might roll in. Two signs of an approaching storm are different strength gusts of wind and choppy water conditions.
  • Knowing how to properly anchor your boat and dock your boat keeps you and others safe. To stop the wind from dragging your boat, you might need to drop two anchors in a V-formation at the front of the boat. As you are approaching the dock or shoreline, make sure to reduce the speed of your vehicle and secure all docking lines. 

For more information on boat safety rules and regulations in Long Island, check out the Association Marine Industries boating laws resource. 


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