Shelter Island


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About Shelter Island

Set between the North and South Forks of glamorous Long Island, Shelter Island is a wonderfully laid-back destination for an outdoorsy holiday with friends and family or as a couple. Accommodation options are wide-ranging, with everything from contemporary B&Bs to boutique seaside hotels fit for an array of tastes and budgets. Reputedly less glitzy than the nearby Hamptons, the best places to stay in Shelter Island are brilliant for an active, outdoorsy escape.

Just 32 km2 in size, the island is fringed by fantastic beaches, which are ideal for long walks, sandcastle-building or sunbathing. There’s ample opportunity to go swimming, paddle boarding, sailing and wind surfing, too. Head inland to discover meandering cycling trails and hiking paths, as well as the impressive Mashomack Nature Preserve, which covers almost a quarter of the island. These protected wetlands are home to ospreys, herons and egrets — perfect for bird watchers or wildlife enthusiasts. Explore on your own or take a guided tour to learn about the area’s rich biodiversity. The tidal creeks and salt marshes can also be navigated by kayak!

For tours and tastings of fabulous Long Island wineries, take the ferry across to North Fork. The delights of East Hampton and Montauk, on the other hand, are within easy reach by ferry to the south.

Unwind with delicious fresh seafood dinners and lazy evenings gazing up at the stars. On an island with more bicycles than cars, the secret is about embracing the slow life — and the best places to stay in Shelter Island will help you to do just that.

The Best Places to Stay on Shelter Island

For a Seaside Stay

  • The Sunset Beach Hotel is a funky beachfront hotel with 20 relaxing, retro-inspired rooms. Expect private sundecks, white-on-white interiors with pops of orange, and delectable al fresco dining at the onsite eatery. Cycle around on complimentary bikes, play beach volleyball, or go kayaking as a family. A favourite holiday hangout.

For a Tranquil Escape

  • Seven is a tranquil converted farmhouse B&B with just seven guestrooms, featuring bold artwork and elegant contemporary decor. Breakfasts come in big picnic baskets, the beach is within easy reach, and there's lots to explore on the island. An intimate base for couples or families.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to New York City and take a train, bus or taxi to Greenport from there. The journey takes just over two hours, ending with a short ride on the North Ferry from Greenport to Shelter Island. Alternatively, drive to New Haven and catch the South Ferry to Shelter Island.
  • If you would like to hire a car, we suggest that you contact our online partner Rentalcars.
  • For warm days, visit Shelter Island between June and August when temperatures peak at around 26°C and there’s plenty to do outdoors. This is, however, the busiest time of year — time your trip for September or October for tranquility without the crowds. Shelter Island is also a cosy winter destination.



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Best Hotels in Shelter Island

  • Sunset Beach Hotel Shelter Island 20 rooms from £250

    Active Holiday  -  The hotel can organise biking, kayaking, volleyball, petanque, horse riding, sailing, jet skiing, tennis, golf and fishing.
    Beach Life  -  On the beautiful Sunset Beach, this hotel is the perfect option for anyone looking to bask in the sun by the ocean.
    Views  -  Unobstructed spectacular views of the ocean and the beach from each room.
    Restaurant  -  French-inspired bistro serving delicious fresh fish and other dishes in several different spaces, both internal and external.
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    Seaside hotel on Shelter Island with spectacular views. A tastefully renovated 1960s motel, the hotel, both intimate and lively, has a popular outdoor restaurant and bar. Each room has a private sundeck, hardwood floors and modern furnishings, and the hotel opens out onto a stunning private beach. See More

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  • Seven Shelter Island 7 rooms from £298

    Local exploring  -  Explore the island — about 12.5 square miles of wetlands, forests, beaches, golf courses and marinas
    Beach Life  -  Seven is situated a short walk up the hill from Crescent Beach which is renowned for its sunsets
    Great walks  -  Take a hike at Mashomack Preserve, explore the 2,000 acres of forest
    Minimum Stay  -  There is a three-night minimum in the summer months
    GardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A charming converted farmhouse B&B not far from the beach on Shelter Island. Elegant, luxurious rooms have contemporary artworks, and large bathrooms with walk-in showers. Breakfast is served in picnic baskets to be enjoyed either in room or out and about! A laid back low-key base. See More

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