Shelter Island is a 2 hour 30 minute drive from New York. It has 20 miles of coastline that range from sandy beaches with shallow waters and lifeguards, to rustic spots that offer beauty and seclusion. Visitors can purchase a parking permit at a cost of $35 per week and some local inns, hotels and bed and breakfasts offer complimentary stickers for their guests.
There are three main beaches to choose from. Wades, which is on the south side of the island and fronts Shelter Island Sound, with lifeguards, toilets and a gently sloping, sandy swimming area, ideal for families with children. Crescent, or Louis Beach, on the north of the island also has lovely sand, toilets and a lifeguard. On the other side of the island from Crescent is Shell Beach. Shell beach has no amenities, but offers sparkling warm waters, pretty wildflowers and stunning views.
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