Long Island is best known as the home of the Hamptons, where you’ll find some of the most stunning oceanfront in the country. Even outside this luxury enclave, however, the island features miles of gorgeous white sand beaches that offer something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood for a waterfront party, or a quiet getaway with the family, there’s a beach that’s right for you.
Check out this list of the best beaches in and around Long Island:
268 Meadow Lane, Southampton
Often rated as one of the top ten beaches in America, Cooper’s Beach boasts seven miles of powder-soft white sand against a backdrop of stately historic mansions. With its rather secluded location , it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing day away from the crowds. You can rent chairs and umbrellas from a concession stand, and enjoy refreshing drinks and great food at Cooper’s Beach Cafe.
906 Dune Road, Westhampton
A barrier beach encompassing 296 acres, Cupsogue Beach offers a ton of activities, including swimming in the ocean (with lifeguard supervision), saltwater bass fishing, and sunbathing. For animal lovers, Cupsogue Beach is a wonderful spot to watch dolphins, harbor seals, and hunchback whales. The beach is the takeoff point for CRESLI’s summer whale watching tours, which start in July each year.
Jones Beach State Park
Ocean Parkway, Southern State Parkway, Exit 18, Wantagh
Jones Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Long Island, welcoming six to eight million visitors annually. Stretching 6.5 miles, the beach offers a host of activities both on water and on land. Swimming and sunbathing are the top things to do here, but you can also go fishing, boating, and bird watching. The park has volleyball, basketball, and shuffleboard courts, two swimming pools, and a golf course.
The two-mile boardwalk is perfect for walking, running, or rollerblading, and includes restaurants and food booths serving seafood, milkshakes, and more. Jones Beach also features the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, the “Castles in the Sand” photo collection at the East Bathhouse, and the Northwell Health Theater, where concerts and live performances by some of the country’s biggest acts are staged.
Fire Island is a barrier island separated from Long Island by the Great South Bay strait. While it has earned a reputation as a party destination, the island is mostly a pristine nature sanctuary with no cars, unspoiled white sand beaches, and centuries old forests. It’s home to New York’s only federally designated wilderness, which you can explore in ranger-led tours. The must-visit beaches here include the wilderness-surrounded Watch Hill; Robert Moses State Park, the home of the historic Fire Island lighthouse; and Ocean Beach, which is famous for its warm waters even in the colder months.
104 Ocean Avenue, East Hampton
Perhaps not for the random Long Island visitor, Main Beach is where many of the Hamptons’ most illustrious residents hang out. The beach is maintained by the affluent Village of East Hampton, so it’s no surprise that it gives off a “quintessential East Hampton” vibe. Parking permits are required on weekends, and only 60 parking slots are available to non-residents, which partly explains its exclusive feel. Often ranked as one of the top beaches in America, Main Beach has a wide, pristine oceanfront, and features a snack bar housed in a charming building with rustic architecture.
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