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Point Lookout

1300 Lido Boulevard Point Lookout, NY 516-431-3900

Lifeguards on duty at Point Lookout.

(Credit: Newsday photo / Nina Ruggiero)

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Samantha Rizzi of Stuart Manor has been taking her kids to Point Lookout for years. Her number one reason? The lifeguards. “Compared to Jones Beach, Lido Beach, Long Beach, I feel my kids are safest here,” she said. “The lifeguards are so attentive and there are always so many of them on duty.” On this rough day, rescues were being made left and right as she spoke.

 “We’ve been open since the late 1920’s,” beach supervisor Reggie Jones said, “and we have never lost anyone to drowning during bathing hours.”

 Point Lookout offers a short walk to the water and smaller crowds than neighboring Jones. While the section of the beach immediately past the tollbooth is packed with kids and has body boarding sections, a concession stand and an ice cream truck, walk or park your car further to the left and find the much less inhabited “quiet zone”, where no radios are allowed and the older crowd finds peace and relaxation. While this area is great for sunbathers who don’t want to be disturbed, seaweed build-ups tend to be the worst here, so swimmers should continue to walk even further left where the water is almost always clearer.

What was the draw for a group of teenage girls? “All the babes go to Jones Beach,” they said. “Here we can hide out and feel comfortable.” This shouldn’t discourage the guys, however. Point Lookout has the highest ratio of female to male lifeguards around.
               
Possibly the best thing about this beach is its modest, welcoming atmosphere.  “In today’s economy, a lot more people are staying home for the summer,” said Mal McGarry, supervisor of the aquatics division. “We just want to provide a place where everyone can come and have a great time.”
 
--Nina Marie Ruggiero
Accessibility: Handicap beach chairs available free of charge at the head lifeguard station. Parking: $8 residents of the Town of Hempstead, $25 non-residents Beachfront: 1,800 feet on the ocean, across inlet from Jones Beach Lifeguards: 10 a.m.-6 p.m weekends, May 24-June 22, then daily June 23-Sept.1.

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Point Lookout 1300 Lido Boulevard, Point Lookout

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