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Best beaches on Long Island

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By definition, Long Island is surrounded by water, so if we don't have beaches worth our time, what are we doing with ourselves? Lucky for us, we've got beaches worth our time. Here are our favorites on Long Island.

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  • Maureen Armata, the Dock Master at Cedar Beach

    Cedar Beach (Babylon) City and Town beach Ocean Parkway off Wantagh or Robert Moses Parkways. Babylon Once you find yourself ready to hit the waves, don't be discouraged by the long ...

  • A prepared beach-goer heads into Cupsogue.

    Cupsogue Beach County Park Kids, County park, County beach Dune Road Westhampton Considered by nature watchers to be an excellent spot to catch wild seals in action, ...

  • Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park Playground, Golf Courses, Kids, Driving range, Public, State beach, State park at north end of Sunken Meadow State Parkway Kings Park This 1,288-acre beachfront park on Long Island Sound features a 3/4 mile boardwalk and a ...

  • In Babylon, outside lifeguard area, Gilgo Beach is

    Gilgo Beach Surfing, City and Town beach Ocean Parkway Babylon If you crave adventure over relaxation on your day at the beach, go to Gilgo. ...

  • Bayville resident Madeline Mullen, 6, munches on strawberries

    Hither Hills State Park Kids, Beach, Playground, Campgrounds, State park, State beach 164 Old Montauk Highway (Route 27) 4 miles west of hamlet of Montauk Montauk Major lure at this 1,755-acre park is camping along a beautiful stretch of the Atlantic; ...

  • Jones Beach (2400 Ocean Pwy., Wantagh) is the

    Jones Beach State Park Latin music, Surfing, Playground, Kids, Fishing Venues, Miniature Golf, State park, State beach, Miniature Golf, Amphitheater 2400 Ocean Pkwy Wantagh Jones Beach is the crown jewel of Long Island beaches. It has everything you need ...

  • A woman uses one of Lido Beach's carts

    Lido Beach City and Town beach 630 Lido Blvd. Lido Beach Lido's large picnic and barbecue area is great for summer parties, but tables must be ...

  • A baby plays in the sand at Main

    Main Beach City and Town beach At end of Ocean Avenue off Montauk Highway East Hampton Main Beach in East Hampton is so popular that non-resident season passes, first available each ...

  • Lifeguards on duty at Point Lookout.

    Town Park Point Lookout City and Town beach 1300 Lido Boulevard Point Lookout Point Lookout offers a short walk to the water and smaller crowds than neighboring Jones. ...

  • Our humble encampment, every weekend

    Robert Moses State Park Miniature Golf, Birding, Kids, Pitch and putt, State park, State beach Robert Moses Causeway Sagtikos Parkway south to Robert Moses Causeway to western Fire Island Fire Island Park's 875 acres center on its 5mile beach, with 4 bathhouses, and a nearby boat ...

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