Shelter Island is a tranquil haven in The Hamptons, and is famous for its beautiful bay views and relaxed vibe. Either vacationing or living there here’s what to expect from this idyllic island.
A relaxed way of life
The fact that Shelter Island can only be reached by boat or car-ferry ride helps to preserve its slower way of life. There’s only one supermarket, one gas station, and one drug store, and with a population of just 2,400 year-round residents, there’s no wonder why New York City residents flock to this calming paradise all summer long.
From Victorian mansions and grand estates to more modest bungalows, the range of homes available on Shelter Island is a property buyer's dream. You’re not likely to pay over $1 million for charming cottages in the Heights district, but for bigger budgets, there are pricier options on the gorgeous waterfront areas of Dering Harbor, Little Ram Island, and the Nostrand Parkway.
There are three notable beaches on Shelter Island, which makes it one of the best places to enjoy the sunshine in The Hamptons. Sunset Beach, Kissing Rock, and Menhaden Lane Beach all have plenty of charm, and whether you’re a family looking for fun or you’re on the hunt for a secluded place to relax, you’ll find it here.
An abundance of nature
As well as the beaches you can wander around forests, wetlands, and marinas. In fact, over one-third of the island is set aside as a nature preserve, so if you love the great outdoors you won’t be disappointed.
Great food and drink
For Parisian-style pastries, delicious coffee and many prepared foods, head to Marie Eiffel Market. For a romantic dinner of steak and seafood, head to Vine Street Café to eat in their cozy cottage setting. Or, for true fine-dining, 18 Bay offers a tasting menu which constantly wins rave reviews. If you prefer to cook for yourself, the weekly farmers’ market at the Shelter Island Historical Society has all the local produce you could ever want.