Port Washington is the main community in the Greater Port Washington area of the Town of North Hempstead. It tried incorporating itself as a city in the past – but the plans were unsuccessful.
In addition to the hamlet, the Greater Port Washington area is the anchor community for the villages of Baxter Estates, Manorhaven, Port Washington North, and Sands Point, and also serves as the anchor community for parts of the Village of Flower Hill.
Port Washington is a diverse community. It is home to large Italian, Jewish, and Asian populations, as well as a decent-sized Hispanic/Latino population (especially in Manorhaven). As such, you will likely hear many languages spoken. English is by far the most dominant. Spanish is also spoken quite frequently.
The Long Island Rail Road's Port Washington Branch terminates in Port Washington and offers frequent service between Manhattan and Port Washington.
Port Washington is served by the Nassau Inter-County Express system's n23 bus (Mineola–Manorhaven).
- Manhasset Bay. A large bay with great recreation opportunities and an excellent waterfront promenade.
- Waterfront promenades. There are fantastic waterfront promenades along Manhasset Bay, which offer many recreational activities and spectacular views of the sunset (and even some views of the tips of some of the tallest buildings in Manhattan).
- Louie's, ☏ . A famous waterside restaurant which was featured in "Meet the Parents."
- Main Street. Main Street in Port Washington features many stores worth visiting.
Port Washington is generally a safe place to visit. Contrary to the rumors, Manorhaven is not very dangerous and in reality is a diverse, welcoming community. There is, however, an industrial section in Manorhaven which is not the most eye-pleasing of areas and can feel unpleasant (like any other stereotypical industrial area).