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Hot Girl Summer Beach Getaway

Hot Girl Summer Beach Getaway: Long Island Edition

6 Days

‘Hot girl summer’ has arrived and there is no better place to experience this treasured season than Long Island. Home to some of the most iconic white sand beaches in the world, from Long Beach to Coopers Beach, Ditch Plains, and more, but did you know that many of Long Island’s pristine shorelines are accessible utilizing public transportation like the Long Island Rail Road, intra-county bus systems, and rideshare services? Ditch the car and put your extra gas money towards an overnight stay at one of the region’s hottest hotels for the ultimate beach getaway–check out Aqua by American Beach for an exclusive bayside beach vibe or The Allegria in Long Beach for a taste of luxe oceanfront living.  Whatever your vibe, this guide will show you how to live your best #LongIslandLife this summer with expert tips and recommendations.

For even more car-free adventures, click here.

Tips for visiting:

With dozens of public and private beaches, it’s easy to find your place in the sand. Here are a few tips for navigating peak season beach going:

  • State parks such as Jones Beach, Sunken Meadow, Montauk Point, and Robert Moses are open to all for a $10/car fee in the peak season (utilizing public transportation and rideshare services waives this cost).
  • Local and town beaches such as Long Beach, Coopers Beach, Main Beach, and Ditch Plains charge varying fees for non-residents of up to $50 for peak season access. To avoid a costly visit, we recommend:
    • You check the park’s website. Some beaches only charge a parking fee, so if you get dropped off by an Uber or walk-in, it’s free. Others may charge per person.
    • You plan ahead by choosing a hotel that offers complimentary beach access* or arrive at the beaches when the fees are not in effect (either before 7 a.m. or after 6 p.m.).
  • Check the day’s tides before heading to the beach. The only thing worse than arriving at high tide and having to hike to the water is arriving at low tide and running for the hills when it comes in!
  • Remember to bring extra water and sun protection.

Day 1: 

LIRR INFO

Take the LIRR from your origin destination to the Freeport Station (those heading directly from NYC will want to take the Babylon line to Freeport) and walk down the stairs to the N88 NICE Bus which makes stops at the East and West Bathhouses as well as the Central Mall at Jones Beach.

Insider Info

Not far from WildPlay and the boardwalk is the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center–an interactive museum focusing on educating kids and future generations about the importance of conservation projects and the simple changes we can make in our lives that greatly impact Long Island’s natural environment.


Day 2:

TRANSIT INFO

For a car-free option, hail a cab or rideshare service from Glen Cove Mansion to your destination or to the nearby train station (LIRR riders will have to transfer from the Oyster Bay line to the Long Beach Branch at Jamaica).


Day 3:

TRANSIT INFO

Take the train from either Penn or your local origin station to Port Washington. Visitors can enjoy the charm of downtown Port Washington on their walk to the Fathoms Hotel or hail a cab their destination.

Insider Info

Port Washington’s waterfront Sunset Park makes for the perfect picnic location–especially during Golden Hour–serving up iconic views overlooking the harbor and of the NYC Skyline. And for a unique meditative experience, check out Port Salt Cave.


Day 4:

TRANSIT INFO

To get from Port Washington to Northport, take a cab or bus to Mineola and can grab the Ronkonkoma line to Hicksville. Then transfer to the Port Jefferson Branch and ride that train to Northport.


Day 5:

TRANSIT INFO

To get from Huntington to Bay Shore, take the train from Huntington to Mineola (Port Jefferson Line) and then transfer to the Montauk Branch which will take riders to Bay Shore.


Day 6: 

TRANSIT INFO

To get from Bay Shore to East Islip, take the Montauk Branch east two stops to Great River and then hail a cab, bus, or rideshare to your destination.

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Looking for more beach getaway ideas? Check out these famous Long Island beaches in the Hamptons and across the region!

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