Sailors Haven has a 45-slip marina with electricity, water hook-ups, and a pump-out station. The site is well equipped with a lifeguarded public beach, restrooms, showers, picnic area, snack bar, small nature museum, and guided ranger tours—but no residential living. It has access to and is operated in conjunction with the adjacent Sunken Forrest, also a Fire Island National Shore facility.
Nestled between the communities of Point O' Woods to the west and Cherry Grove to the east, in 1960, The Sailor’s Haven Company originally conceived the area as a private residential development for boating enthusiasts. The Sailor's Haven Company had plans for apartment units, single-family dwellings, restaurant, country store, tennis court, and other amenities for boaters in the summer with plans for fishing and duck hunters in the cooler months.
Sailors Haven, as it is known today, was organized after Fire Island National Seashore’s cut-off date for recognition in its legislation. Since The Sailor’s Haven Company only leased properties to tenants, the lengthy condemnation process that was required to clear the area of longtime residents was unnecessary since leases were not renewed. The original Sailor’s Haven Company was quickly dissolved six years after first opening. In 1966 the Fire Island National Seashore opened Sailors Haven’s public visitors center. While the original marina was designed for 100 boats, The Fire Island National Seashore scaled the design back to the 45 slips that are in use today.
With views of the Great South Bay and a variety of boats, it is a boaters' dream to visit this community. Sparkling sand is perfect for building sandcastles or just lounging in the sun. It is a perfect spot for families as children can freely play in the sand and ocean under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. The picnic areas are perfect for barbecuing and enjoying family time while watching the waves crash ashore with pristine nature views.
Reservations can be made at 631-597-6171. Visits are limited to a maximum of 14 days. Ferry service is also available out of Sayville, NY, and Sailors Haven is accessible by lateral water taxi from neighboring Fire Island communities. Quite simply said, "Sailors Haven is the nautical National Park Service experience at its very best."