Tips about Lighthouse Beach – Long Island Nude Beach
***UPDATE*** By February 12, 2013 Lighthouse Beach is not any longer a clothing-optional beach. National Park Service has announced that they will now be applying New York state law, prohibiting nudity. Click the link to read the Superintendent’s notice relating to this policy change. There have previously been dilemmas on Lighthouse Beach, but Hurricane Sandy (autumn of 2012) was actually the last nail in the coffin.
The hurricane totally ruined the dunes along the playa, which is among the reasons mentioned by NPS for the nudity ban. (The dunes previously served as a visual block to the bare sunbathers.)
The Naturist Action Committee (NAC) is now working on solutions to the problems mentioned and looking for a means to save this beautiful unclothed beach for naturist and nudist use. However, it’s an extremely complicated scenario and will take a while and work to solve it. To further understand the scenario, read an interview with Chief Ranger Lena Koschmann.(Please note: Ms. Koschmann has been quoted in several places giving misleading advice on the legality of women going topfree on the strand.
The legality here is not “catchy” or unsure whatsoever as she’s claimed it to be. It’s fully legal for girls to go topless on public beaches in NY state, regardless of what junk you hear from NPS.)
Robert Moses Nude Beach or Lighthouse Beach, on the Fire Island National Seashore off of Long Island, NY has been ranked as one of the top ten bare beaches in the U.S. Its status is well-deserved as the beach is immaculate, beautiful, and the water is clean. The naturist beach is located just next to Robert Moses State Park, where the dunes are thick with plant life and home to a reasonable number of wildlife. Its name originates in the notable lighthouse situated between the clothes optional sections.
No one is sure when nude sunbathing started on this particular part of the shoreline. The first reports with this activity date back to the 1950’s. The Robert Moses Causeway greatly enhanced accessibility to the park in 1964, and its popularity seems to have taken off from there.
Since the 1980s, use of the Lighthouse as a historical landmark draw has sparked controversy over the presence of nudists on the strand. It’s open to visitors, which included teachers with groups of schoolchildren. Some teachers complained about the visible nudists plus some simply did not need to have explain to children that we’re all, in fact, naked under our clothes. There was also concern from parents who parked at field 5 for its handicap access, or who entered at field 5 after taking the ferry with their kids, and would see the nude sunbathers.
Members of the Lighthouse Preservation Society had differing views, but didn’t want to prohibit anyone. Negotiations resulted in a small portion in front of the lighthouse becoming textile. Thus the once long expanse of clothing optional beach was divide into two big segments, with a textile part in between. The western c/o section may also be known as Kismet West to differentiate it from the eastern c/o part. The sections are clearly marked by signs, so you will know where nudity is allowed and where it’s not. Needless to say, it’s legal to go topfreeon all public beaches in NY state since 1992.
Map of Lighthouse Beach
General Info and Suggestions about Lighthouse Beach
Lighthouse Beach is pretty narrow and can get a bit crowded when the weather is right, though the western section is apparently less congested. Overall it has an incredibly enjoyable setting, and most of sunbathers are bare. Visitors signify a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and ages. Some of them are families, as it really is a very family-friendly environment.
Park Rangers periodically drive through several times a day to check up. There are no lifeguards. There’s a store carrying sand necessities at the Field 5 parking lot, but no concession stands on the plage. There aren’t any trash bins on the playa, so carry in, carry out.
Lighthouse Beach – Long Island Nude Beach
Price and The Best Way To Get to Lighthouse Beach on Long Island
The plage is about 1 hour to 1.5 hour drive from New York City. Once you arrive at Robert Moses State Park, it is a quick drive down to Field 5 to get to the clothes optional sections. The price is $10 per car or a season pass can be obtained for $65. The strand is a 5-10 minute walk in the parking lot.
Though it is a substantially less suitable strategy to use, it is reachable by public transportation. Directions: Take the LIRR train to Babylon. From there, take the S-47 Suffolk bus, which will get one to Robert Moses Field 3 in about 20 minutes. From there it is approximately a 30 minute walk to Field 5. LIRR offers a roundtrip train bus package for $19. (Then entry to the sand is free.)
After on Fire Island, walk south to the sand. See http://voy-zone.com/topic/nudist-teen-fat.php for more info: http://www.fireislandferries.com/
Lighthouse Beach Unclothed Etiquette and Politics
Whaa? I simply want to love the beach!
Well lucky for us, Lighthouse is an established clothing optional beach located on Federal land. While NY state law would forbid bare sunbathing, National Park Service chooses to respect the conventional naked use and not enforce regulations. However, the unavoidable facts are that the NPS could pick to stop this custom at a minute’s notice and start applying state law.
Inappropriate sexual activity is often viewed as the biggest problem facing naked beaches, as it can be adequate reason to close a nude beach like Lighthouse. Please behave responsibly and read over the etiquette summarized here before your visit.
You can find two naturist organizations of prominent presence on the strand: SaveLighthouseBeach.org Beach Ambassadors and the Long Island Travasuns. These organizations work to inform visitors of appropriate etiquette and help patrol the plage to stop unwanted conduct. (The sand ambassadors generally create an info table alongside the boardwalk and can also be seen by their distinguishable hats.)
This post about mLighthouse Beach – Long Island Nude Beach, was published by – Young Naturists and Naturists America FKK
OUR TOWNS; Lighthouse Indicates a Thunderstorm at the Plage http://www.nytimes.com/1994/08/30/nyregion/our-towns-lighthouse-signals-a-storm-at-the-beach.html
“Nudity Ban Sought at Fire I. Light” http://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/23/nyregion/nudity-ban-sought-at-fire-i-light.html
Long Island Travasuns http://travasuns.org
Save Lighthouse Beach http://www.savelighthousebeach.org/v1/
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Tips about Lighthouse Beach – Long Island Nude Beach