Centrally located on Fire Island between Fire Island Pines and Water Island, Barret Beach Park is boating paradise and currently only accessible by foot, private boat, or via the charter ferry service from Patchogue or Sayville. Visitors will have access to majestic waterside views and park ranger-led family programs covering topics ranging from shelling to safe boating practices.
The Barret Beach/Talisman area was once the “jewel” of Long Island. In 1998, Barret Beach was donated to the Fire Island National Seashore by the town of Islip. After 40 years of being a recreation hot spot for tourists, the beach became worn down. The playground, concession stands, lifeguard posts, and maintenance areas were all closed down or completely destroyed. The National Seashore finally received funding in 2001 to restore the beach to its former glory. By 2003, the renovations were complete: the ferry service returned, picnic and playground areas were completely redone, and docking for private boating has been made available.
Visitors are required to use the bathrooms located on the beach as there are no bathrooms currently available in the Talisman area for funding purposes.
There’s not much going on here at Barrett Beach so if it’s seclusion and strictly a beach that you want, this is the spot for you.