Long Island is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches. There are so many options, each with its own unique character. There’s just something so soothing and magical about the beach. It’s honeysuckle scented air; the sharp tastes of the salty sea air; the sounds of the ocean’s waves crashing together with the sea gulls’ cries– it calls to me. Put on your sunglasses, grab a good book, and get out there to enjoy the beauty and charm of any one of LI’s amazing beaches. Here are some of my top Long Island beaches:
Located in Southampton, Coopers Beach – 268 Meadow Lane offers a concession stand, chair rentals for $10.00 and umbrella rentals for $15.00 each per day, bathrooms, and fresh water showers. Daily parking permits are $40.00 per car per day. Check out the live web cams!
Ditch Plains Beach
The surfers’ beach is two miles east of the Village on the ocean with parking by permit only at the two parking areas. This popular ocean beach has beautiful cliffs rising at its western end at Rheinstein Park, restrooms, outdoor showers, and two concession trailers that serve more than just snacks. Come here to surf or watch the surfer.
Fire Island Beaches
The unofficial capital of Fire Island, Ocean Beach is a 600-home community with the greatest concentration of bars, restaurants and stores on the entire island. Overflowing with small-town charm reminiscent of a simpler time, main street walks are lined with mom and pop markets and boutiques. Local children sell painted shell souvenirs out of red radio-flyer wagons. Just outside of town, Ocean Beach walkways are lined with traditional summer cottages that are both home to longtime Fire Island families and home away from home for many share-house transients
Jones Beach State Park
World famous Jones Beach State Park, home of 6.5 miles of beautiful white-sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean, is made up of more than 2,400-acres of maritime environment on the south shore of Long Island. Among the 6 to 8 million visitors to the park each year, families enjoy their own piece of the beach for a day, with many returning dozens of times through the summer. Designed on the theme of an ocean liner, Jones Beach offers many activities to those who visit the park. They swim in the ocean, stroll the boardwalk, fish, visit an historic exhibit, get a bite to eat at one of the many concession stands, play miniature golf, pitch-putt golf, shuffleboard and basketball, attend concerts at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater or learn about the marine environment at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center. Other activities that take place in the park include pool swimming, sunbathing, bicycling, surfing, and visiting the playgrounds.
Entrances are located between Nevada Avenue and Pacific Boulevard. The Beach is 3.3 miles long and has a newly rebuilt 2.2 mile boardwalk.
Beach passes are required 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and daily.
Parking is free, please obey the parking rules. A beach pass is needed to enter or stay on the beach between the hours of 9am-6pm
Lido, 880 Lido Boulevard; located by the Atlantic Ocean 516-571-7700 On-site staff: Yes
Nickerson Beach Park is 155 acres of a sun-drenched recreational facility. It is located along the Atlantic Ocean on Long Island’s South Shore. The facility consists of Beach front, Campground, Fun Zone, Ball Fields, Beach Volleyball Courts, Cabanas and Lockers.
The beach is approximately .5 miles long. The beach is home to a number of federally protected birds and grasses. It is a great place to relax and soak in the beauty of nature.
The park includes areas by the beach that are cordoned off to protect nesting areas for the Piping Plover, a sparrow-sized shorebird that is protected by federal law.
During the summer season (Memorial Day – Labor Day), parking fees are charged
Sea Cliff Beach
The Sea Cliff Municipal Beach, on the Boulevard, is maintained for the residents of the Village and their guests. It features a fine sandy strip and a pavilion with restrooms and first-aid and shower facilities. Refreshments are also available. A nominal season fee is charged per family for the use of the beach. The lifeguards, all certified Red Cross instructors, conduct swimming and life-saving classes for the Village children, and the summer season is usually capped by a community picnic. Boat racks for Sunfish, Sailfish, and other small boats are available at the beach and may be rented from the Village.
Entrance fees can be paid daily or seasonal memberships for residents and non-residents are available at the beach office located at the beach on The Boulevard in Sea Cliff. Find more info here.
Sunken Meadow State Park
Offering one of the most stunning views of the Long Island Sound with Connecticut in the distance, Sunken Meadow State Park has a wide range of topography that sustains a variety of flora and fauna. The three miles of beach meets tall, glacier-formed bluffs at the west end of the shoreline. A man-made dam separates the park’s brackish creek and marshes from the tidal flats. South of the flats are acres of undeveloped and heavily wooded rolling hills.
Tobay Beach, Massapequa – 516-679-3900 Town of Oyster Bay residents, with non-residents permitted Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Surf bathing in Atlantic Ocean, calm water bathing in South Oyster Bay, refreshment stands, two bayside restaurants, surfboarding and soft boarding area, 9/11 Memorial, an over 150-slip transient boat basin in bay area, children’s play area, TOBAY Spray Park, TOBAY Miniature Golf Course.