Best beaches on Long Island

Meaghan Kindbergh and Erin Sweeney enjoy the sun

(Credit: Photo by Gina Tomitz)

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, 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 ...

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    Sunset from Cupsogue Beach, at the west end

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

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    Students in the third grade classes from Commack

    Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park State beach, State park, Beach, Driving range, Public, Golf Courses, Kids, Playground 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 ...

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    Surf instructors prepare their students before hitting the

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

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    At the weekly sandcastle and sand sculpture competition

    Hither Hills State Park State beach, State park, Beach, Campgrounds, Kids, Playground 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; ...

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    Beachgoers hit the shores at Jones Beach on

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

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    A woman uses one of Lido Beach's carts

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

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    A baby plays in the sand at Main

    Main Beach City and Town beach, 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 ...

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    Lifeguards on duty at Point Lookout.

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

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    Giselle Urena of Manhattan (back) and friend, Cheyra

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

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