Long Island, NY

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Long Island is sometimes forgotten about as a premier vacation destination in New York because its neighbor, Manhattan, often overshadows it. Just outside of Manhattan, the island is comprised of four counties including Brooklyn, Queens and the more suburban Nassau and Suffolk. Long Island is the longest, and largest, island in the continental United States and offers plenty of fun opportunities for recreation.

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In addition to the major attractions in New York City that are so close to Long Island, the rest of the island is made up of small towns and villages that have beautiful beaches, shopping areas, excellent restaurants, golf courses and wineries. There is truly no shortage of things to do on this popular island.

On the North Shore, visitors can discover the area that was the basis for the novel “The Great Gatsby,” where wealth and opulence was the norm. Some of America’s largest and most decadent homes that were once occupied the country’s more prestigious families. Today, these mansions are open to the public to tour and many house art galleries. The Hamptons are also a premier destination were the wealthy play. Exclusive shops, beaches, restaurants and villages in the Hamptons serve as the summer playground for those that can afford to stay there.

But, you don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy fun on Long Island. In Nassau County, a laidback attitude and excellent beaches attract vacationers of all ages. Here, visitors can kayak, bike, hike, canoe, bird watch and a number of other fun outdoor activities. For the golf lovers, Nassau County’s Bethpage Black offers PGA quality golf courses. A visit to the wine country in Long Island is also a fun getaway for adults to explore the over 60 vineyards and 30 wineries that are open to the public for tastings.

Shelter Island and Fire Island are also two great choices for experiencing islands just off the coast of Long Island. Shelter Island is accessible by ferry and is home to amazing wildlife, hiking, biking and kayaking opportunities. Fire Island is also accessible by ferry and contains miles of untouched wilderness perfect for the nature lover. A historic lighthouse draws visitors to this small island, where small restaurants, shops, and of course beaches welcome travelers.

For even more beach fun, head to the South Shore, where beaches and boats are king. Nature trails, pristine beaches and cultural attractions in South Shore attract vacationers looking for a Long Island experience that is a little bit more relaxed than what they’d find in the Hamptons or Montauk. Throughout Long Island, visitors will find plenty of Main Streets in small towns intermixed with wealthier areas. Long Island is a destination with a little something for everyone, no matter how much you want to spend or what you want to do.

Book a Montauk vacation rental or a Long Beach vacation rental to experience Long Island without having to check in to a standard hotel. Long Island is a vacation rental paradise with a wealth of vacation properties available for rent throughout the year. Vacation rentals provide the space and privacy with all of the amenities that need while traveling.

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