At 120 miles long and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the South Shore and the Long Island Sound on the North Shore, there are more than plenty of beaches on Long Island. Some of the most famous include Jones Beach State Park, with six 1/2 miles of beach, boardwalk, nature preserves, golf, playgrounds and ample parking fields, all within an hour from New York City.
Or, visit some of Long Island NY’s other famous beaches, including Main Beach in East Hampton and Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, both consistently rated in Dr. Beach’s Top Ten Beaches in America list. Or, leave your car behind and take a ferry to Fire Island National Seashore for a true secluded island getaway.
If surfing is your passion, visit Ditch Plains in Montauk, made famous by east coast surfers who flock there for its consistently thrilling waves.
Visit Sunken Meadow State Park Beach and Wildwood State Park Beach on the calmer waters of the North Shore’s Long Island Sound, or Orient State Park Beach and Montauk State Park at the eastern tip of Long Island’s two forks.