Essex Island is a nice place to stop, It was our 4th time in a dozen years. Normally I give it a higher review but we, along with a few other guests were not thrilled to be kicked out of the pool at 6PM on a sweltering day when we were told 7PM is the time it closes. There is no life guard anyway with a big sign stating that. The claim was that no staff member was on the island in case of a problem which I was surprised about. In my younger days I would have just jumped the fence when they left the island and went back in.