Long Island is, literally, a long island stretching eastward from New York City. The largely suburban area is approximately 115 miles long from Brooklyn and Queens at the western end, to Montauk at the easternmost point. At its widest the island is approximately 20 miles from north to south. While Long Island geographically includes Brooklyn and Queens, politically Long Island in general includes Nassau County and Suffolk County of New York State only.
Its primary attraction to tourists is probably the large number of excellent beaches along Long Island Sound to the north and especially along the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The north fork is also home to many wineries. Other attractions include harbor towns such as Port Jefferson, where a variety of eateries and small businesses thrive in a bohemian atmosphere.
- Fire Island
- The Hamptons
The daily newspaper is Newsday, which provides a detailed history on the island at www.lihistory.com. News 12 on cable TV covers also local news.
- MacArthur Airport in Islip is a convenient regional airport centrally located on Long Island. If Islip does not provide a convenient connection from your departing city, then consider one of the three major airports serving the New York City area.
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), .
- LaGuardia Airport (LGA), .
Long Island Railroad
- Ferries from north shore of Long Island Sound.
- I-495 (the Long Island Expressway, locally known as the "LIE") runs the distance of the island east to west.
- Atlantis Marine World Aquarium - Located in the fork of Long Island. Has stingray and shark petting, large tank with sharks, morray eel, turtles and manta rays, outdoor exhibits including emus and tortoises. Many conservation efforts.