With its nearly 400 miles of pristine coastline, Long Island was practically made for the summer months. People travel from near and far to spend the day at its world-famous beaches. Whether you love to surf, swim, or just lay out with a good book, you will be able to find an ideal beach for your day in the sun. From the pebbly north shore to the sprawling south shore and all the way out to the Hamptons, we have compiled a list of some of the best Long Island beaches for you to check out this summer.
Your Guide to Long Island Beaches
East of Jones Beach down the Ocean Parkway, this Town of Oyster Bay mainstay boasts a whole day’s worth of amenities. Of course there is the beautifully maintained beach side, but there is also the bay side of the barrier island. This area is geared more towards families with its shallow swells, mini-golf, and water park playground. You’re probably going to work up an appetite, so look no further than the beach’s Salsa Shack and Seafood Shack, both owned and operated by Singleton’s.
With its extensive views of both the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Babylon’s Gilgo Beach provides beachgoers with a different experience. A small but loyal fan base flocks here daily to take advantage of its cozy scenery. Although swimming is strictly prohibited, fishing and angling has become extremely prevalent in the area due to its abundant blue fish supply and the stripe bass migration in the fall.
Spanning about three and a half miles, Long Beach is both a town and a beach where both contribute to its reputation as a prominent summer hotspot. It is not uncommon for this beach to be overcrowded but it’s worth it. There are even volleyball courts and designated surf areas to suit the interests of all beachgoers alike. Long Beach is the quintessential definition of a beach town where you can spend sunrise to sunset soaking and swimming and then walk up the block and get a complete seafood dinner.
Jones Beach State Park
Marked by its signature pencil-shaped tower, Jones Beach State Park is home to almost seven miles of unspoiled coastline that people sometimes travel from all around the world to enjoy. If the first-rate beach wasn’t enough, you will also find a boardwalk, fishing piers, a golf course, playgrounds, swimming pools, all-purpose courts, and a band shell. Jones Beach pretty much speaks for itself, there aren’t many amenities that this place is missing.
Spend the day in the heart of East Hampton and you may end up seeing a celebrity or two. The sensational, up-to-date facilities at Main Beach provide beachgoers with an unparalleled beach experience. Check out the Chowder Bowl to grab some light refreshments and rent out beach equipment. There are volleyball courts and picnic tables but most people usually opt to surf and boogie board. Just a short walk away, you will find East Hampton’s renowned shopping district on Main Street.