09/14/15 6:27am
Shelter Island beaches range from rocky to coarse sand with pebbles. Unless you can arrange to parachute in, plan to wear water shoes. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Shelter Island beaches range from rocky to coarse sand with pebbles. Unless you can arrange to parachute in, plan to wear water shoes. (Credit: Charity Robey)

The thrill-seeking pleasures of boogie boarding and wave-riding generally aren’t associated with Shelter Island, a place where the unofficial motto is “Live Slow.” But for recreational swimmers, the island’s bay beaches, protected from direct wave action, couldn’t be better.

A character in one of Mary Gordon’s stories said you never regret the birth of a child, or a swim in the ocean. The beaches and landings described here offer a rich array of possibilities — beautiful stretches of water where a strong swimmer can exercise without lifeguards, lane ropes, or regrets. (more…)