What's the best transportation option for visiting NYC, then going to Long Island for a wedding, and then getting back to La Guardia?
and I are going to NYC and Long Island for a wedding in a few weeks. We're trying to figure out the best combination of lodging and transportation options.
We're flying into La Guardia on a Friday afternoon. We'll stay Friday night in the city--probably somewhere in midtown, given that we are hitting up Le Bernardin (51st Street and 7th Ave) for dinner. We don't have a hotel picked out yet, but we'll probably go with one of the Marriott properties in the area since I have rewards points we can use.
On Saturday morning, we'll need to head out to Long Island for the wedding. This portion of the trip will require a rental car somewhere along the way--the ceremony is in Centereach, the reception is in Great River, and from what we understand it might be tough to get cabs in that area). Some options:
(1) Pick up a car in the city and drive out--in which case we'd need to return the rental car to the city or to the airport on our way out on our way out of NY.
(2) Take the LIRR to Ronkonkoma, take a taxi or airport shuttle to rent a car at Islip airport, return the car to Islip, take the LIRR back into the city, then cab/bus it to La Guardia.
(3) Are there other reasonable options I haven't considered?