Whats the best cheap hotel on Fire Island in Bay Shore?
there are quite a few sites that you can search that will likely show you great hotels at the best prices available. check out the website BookMe and you will be able to compare prices on all the reputable travel sites in just a couple minutes. it's very convenient and will save you a bunch of time and money. Also, make sure you buy them online... otherwise they charge much higher fees for phone orders. good luck.
What is the best way to get to Fire Island from Manhatten?
It depends on which part of Fire Island you'd like to go to. If you want to go to the "party" area (Ocean Beach) you'd want to take the LIRR to Bay Shore, the train will let you off not too far from the Ferry station (I'm not totally sure if It's in walking distance, or a VERY cheap cab ride)
If you want to go to the more relaxed, quiet, gay-oriented (although not all of it is) you'd want to take the ferry out of Sayville. It's pretty much the same situation as with Bay Shore. Hop the LIRR to Sayville and take the ferry.
A day, starting very early in the morning is enough time to see your designated area... you're not going to cover the whole island (you actually can't, some spots you'd have to take a water taxi to get to)
How are the beaches at Fire island? And are there any waves to body surf or boogie board in?
Your answer is yes, although at the time I'm writing this the website says the wave height is only 1 foot. Normally there's a 3 to 4 foot surf. You can body surf any of the beaches and I think foam boogie boards are allowed anywhere, but body boards and surf boards are restricted to only certain beaches. I imagine that's good news for you though. This way you don't have to worry about mad surfers as you're trying to body surf on the waves.
Here's a link down below to give you the current surf conditions on fire island.
How to reach lighthouse beach , fire island from nyc through train and ferry?
My friend, take the Long Island Railroad's Montauk Branch from Penn Station to Bay Shore.
Once in Bay Shore, take Fire Island Ferry to Fire Island.
A one way off peak ticket on the LIRR from Penn Station to Bay Shore is $9.75. If you're traveling during peak hour, the fare is $13.50.
A round trip ticket on the Fire Island Ferry, from Bay Shore to Fire Island is $15.
I hope this information is very helpful.
Native New Yorker