Silver Beach is located on the south-west tip of Shelter Island, from West Neck Harbor to Shelter Island Sound, offering both sunrise and sunset vistas.
Shell Beach is a peninsula which is a popular attraction in Silver Beach. An approximately one mile long road which runs down the center of the peninsula, has the calmer waters and beach on the West Neck Harbor or north side, and Shelter Island Sound on the south side. Boaters and sun-bathers favor the harbor side while the piping plovers, rare birds who migrate to Shelter Island during the summer, favor the south side.
Along Peconic Avenue, there are multiple access points to the Silver Beach Association beaches and homes on the open, sound front that face Southampton and the North Fork.
On East Brander Parkway, many homes have docks on the harbor and on the canal and face Wades Beach and Montclair Colony.
Silver Beach has long been a favorite subject of artists with oil paintings, watercolors and etchings. There is a turn-of-the-century postcard publicizing Shell Beach for vacationers that remains the same, some 100 years later.