Looking for a honeymoon destination that’s out of the ordinary? Just outside the hustle and bustle of New York City you’ll find Long Island, where miles of sparkling ocean beaches and quaint downtown villages await you.
The inspiration behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby, Long Island is an evolving region rich in natural assets, with vibrant downtowns and historical landmarks.
Here, the team at Discover Long Island share ten reasons why you should choose Long Island for your honeymoon.
Your own beachfront cottage…
If direct access to a 2,000-foot private sand beach isn’t enough then we don’t know what is! Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa offers idyllic accommodation on Long Island’s North Fork. This luxury hotel also boasts its own seawater sanctuary spa complete with a Roman bath, Finnish rock sauna and a Swiss shower.
Long Island beaches are the real deal. Renowned worldwide for fine white sand, magnificent waves and never-ending boardwalks, you can spend your days surfing, kayaking or even fishing before taking a stroll through a picturesque beach trail.
Most restaurants on the island serve produce from local farm stands and seafood straight from the ocean. Whether it’s a quick bite at a roadside lobster stand, or a romantic sunset dinner watching boats come in with the day’s catch, there is a restaurant to satisfy every palette on Long Island.
Pick your own fruit
With one-of-a-kind lavender farms and glorious apple orchards, Long Island is full of opportunities to pick your own produce. Talk to farmers, learn about the harvest, and indulge in the sweet flavours, scents and abundant variety.
Cruise along the bays
See Long Island from the water as you sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquillity of a bay cruise. As you glide, enjoy a delicious meal, sip on some wine and take in the cool breezes and scenic coastline.
Gaze at Gatsby’s Gold Coast
Long Island’s golden coast boasts lavish, castle-like mansions, with gloriously decorated gardens on large private estates. These iconic properties were the inspiration behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, The Great Gatsby, and are now predominantly museums for visitors to truly immerse themselves in a bygone era.
Take a guided vineyard tour
Long Island’s craft beverage scene is booming with over 70 vineyards and breweries that are utilizing locally-grown ingredients to create the perfect sip. Spread across both the North and South fork of the island, Wine Country is made up of two-dozen wineries that offer tastings and tours in exquisite settings.
Climb a lighthouse tower
With the oldest lighthouse in New York State at its shores, Long Island has a deep connection to these historic structures. With over 25 lighthouses built on Long Island since 1796, be sure to venture to the perches of one of the many for unparalleled ocean and island views.
Make yourself at home in the Hamptons
A string of chic seaside communities awaits you in The Hamptons. Long the summer playground of the rich and famous, its enchanting bed and breakfasts, spectacular beaches, fine restaurants, first-rate shopping, and historic sites has turned this spot in to an ideal getaway for the many.
Hiking and Biking
After all the relaxation, step away from the ordinary and hit the outdoors with a long hike or an adrenaline fuelled bike ride. Explore a 200-year old Sunken Forest in Fire Island’s ocean dunes; or find a trail leading up to the highest point at Jayne’s Hill or explore the rare Dwarf Pines in the Pine Barren region.
For more information on all Long Island has to offer, please visit: www.discoverlongisland.com.
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