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County beach, County park
Parking $8 with Suffolk County Green Key card, $15 without pass
With a festive restaurant and spacious deck overlooking the calm water, seashell covered sand and rock jetties in the distance, Meschutt Beach might easily be the nicest bay beach on Long Island. The walk to the water is just a few steps, and the sand is packed with small children and their families. Many bring their own rafts, tubes, and kiddy pools. Older brothers and sisters keep themselves busy snorkeling and searching for hermit crabs in the shallow water, which is surprisingly clear for a bay, and boogie boarding in the small waves on windy days.
While the focus at Meschutt Beach is on the little ones, parents can enjoy themselves too. "This beach is so convenient, the bay water is great for the kids, and at the same time there's good food and drinks for the adults," said mom Jessica Oakley
The Meschutt Beach Hut sells breakfast items including eggs, pancakes and french toast, and lunch choices such as grilled chicken, fried clams, fish sandwiches, and tossed salads. From the raw bar come clams, crab cakes, calamari, chicken wings and mussels. Linguine with clam sauce and penne alla
vodka are offered as well. Every night of the week brings dinner specials and live music. Wednesdays the Beach Hut hosts Midweek Mambo, when Latin music is played with food and drink specials to match the mood. Tuesdays and Thursdays are lobster fest, and Fridays parents can enjoy classic rock music.
Fishing is allowed outside the swim
area, annual sandcastle contests are held in August, and the lifeguards host Family Fun Day at the end of each summer. "We paddle out on our boards and do mock rescues," a lifeguard said. "The goal is to give people an idea of what we do and educate them about beach safety."
By day this attractive beach is a family frenzy. Once the afternoon heat has passed it's a place to relax and enjoy the music, the breeze, and most of all, the spectacular sunsets over the Peconic Bay
--Nina Marie Ruggiero
1,000 feet of protected beach; bathing in Peconic Bay
June 20 -Sept. 7, 10am-5:30pm