The best way to get to Saltaire on Fire Island is by ferry. Ferries depart the mainland from Bay Shore daily, and allow leashed dogs to travel with you. Most of the sidewalks in this little car-free town are boardwalks, due to the wetlands Saltaire is built on. Dogs need to stay leashed throughout their stay in Saltaire. The best way to get around the town and to the beach is by bike. Do note that bicycles cannot travel with you across the ferry to Saltaire, but can be sent on a separate freight boat. Check out the ferry schedule for more info.
The ocean beach, and arguably the main attraction, is only about 3/4 of a mile long, and can be found at the end of any side street south from Lighthouse Road. Not a lot of people know about the small town, so you may even get the sand all to yourself for the day! Your dog can romp in the sand and water with you, but must remain on a leash no longer than 8 feet, with some restrictions. From May 1st to October 31st, dogs are only allowed on the ocean beach from 8 PM to 9 AM. During that time, they also are prohibited from entering the ocean beach between the Great South Bay and Bay Promenade, and also between the easternmost bulkhead adjacent to Pennant Walk and the westernmost bulkhead adjacent to West Walk. Outside of that peak season, dogs can roam the ocean beach with you anytime, still leashed of course. Be aware that no dogs are allowed on the bay beach at any time. No food or drinks besides water are allowed on the beach. Be sure to bring enough water to share with your thirsty pup! Also, always have clean-up bags on hand anywhere in Saltaire, and pick up whatever your pup lays down.
If you and your pup want to take a dip, pay attention the the flags which indicate when swimming is safe. If you see an American Flag, it means you can swim safely. A white flag means to swim with caution, while a red flag indicates that it is too dangerous to swim.
Take a leashed stroll through the streets and check out some of the historic houses on and around the beach, with famous owners such as Liz Claiborne, George Roy Hill, and former congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro. Note that dogs are not allowed inside any buildings or playgrounds.
In Saltaire, you and your pup will definitely feel like you're hanging around in style. For a beach experience that can't be beat, check out the Saltaire ocean beach!