The Beginner’s Guide To Fire Island Pines

How to Get There

My gaggle of gays usually go to Provincetown, the other gay mecca up in Cape Cod, so Leon and I were no strangers to trekking to the absolute ends of the earth where we as a people seem to find the most comfort. Getting to Fire Island, in comparison, was pretty easy — and nearly as shirtless as depicted in the video above. And if you get lost, simply follow the well-formed calves of your fellow ‘mos making their way to the Pines:


The entire trip will set you back about 50 or 60 bucks, but both the LIRR and the ferry have multi-trip options if you want to make this a regular thing.

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  • muscl954

    Lester Brathwaite, I love your writing!

  • MikeE

    kind of strange seeing that Quebec flag in the last picture.

  • knoxxy2008

    Cool pictures.

  • Joetx

    Hey Lester, as a BGM, how would you describe the level of racial diversity in Fire Island?

  • Lester Brathwaite

    @Joetx: Not gonna lie to ya, it’s not super diverse, but there was a nice (and surprising) mix of people over all.

  • bobbyo2

    Thank you for a wonderful guide. I am a 64 years young African-American male whose first visit to Fire Island was last Summer, at the invitation of a friend who, has a house there. The experience for me was exciting, anxious, and terrifying knowing I didn’t fit the stereotype of the average island goer.
    There is not much diversity there and I would not be able to hide there. I am an artist and the island is a tremendous source of inspiration along with peace and quiet. The fun starts on the ferry from Sayville.
    It’s certainly worth the trip, go, play, relax and enjoy.
    Have a great Summer!!!

  • Joetx

    @Lester Brathwaite: Thanks, Lester, as well as bobbyo2, for the input re: racial diversity (or rather, the lack thereof) in Fire Island. Although I was expecting that, it’s disappointing nevertheless.

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