Beaches on Long Island are a haven for surfers and swimmers with their long stretches of fine white sand and moderate surf and the temperature of the water is perfect for a dip. The Travel Channel listed them as among the best beaches in America.
The beaches on the barrier islands of the south shore have rolling dunes and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The North Shore beaches are rockier and have calmer waters ideal for swimming.
Sunken Meadow State Park
New York, 11754
There's a three-mile public beach here with calm waters, tall bluffs formed by glaciers and a boardwalk. It's a great place for bird watching as well as safe swimming for kids.
Smith Point County Park
Fire Island, New York 11951
Located on the Fire Island barrier beach, this is the largest oceanfront park in the United States and one of the most popular beaches on Long Island. You can swim, scuba dive and surf. Camping is close by and it's possible to camp on the outer beach if you get here early enough.
The lifeguards here are nationally recognized. Keep your distance from the protected nests of endangered shorebirds. Special events are held on the beach during the summer and are worth checking out during your stay at your Southampton Bed and Breakfast.
New York 11706
A stunningly beautiful place, this narrow 32-mile-long barrier island has 50-foot-high sand dunes and an ancient forest. From the beach, you can see the calm waters of the Great South Bay as well as the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Lifeguards are present, so swim where you can see them. You can go kayaking, canoeing, sailing or windsurfing. You'll find some of the best surfing on the northeastern seaboard here.
Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, New York, 11793
This park has the largest public beach on Long Island (8 miles long). The beach is a delight with its two-mile boardwalk, a theater, art deco bath houses and more. The boardwalk has ice cream, concession stands, music and shows. The most popular activity on the beach is surf bathing and still water bay bathing. This is one of the finest beaches on Long Island.
Gilgo State Park
Babylon, New York 11702
The park on a barrier beach offers magnificent views of the shoreline and the waters of the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The only way to explore this serene location is by 4-wheel drive and you need a permit. You can camp on the beach if you like as there are campgrounds close by.
Robert Moses State Park
Babylon, New York, 11702
Surf and swim on a glorious 5-mile beach in this park on the western end of Fire Island which is a barrier island off the coast of Long Island. The drive to this quiet, uncrowded beach is one of the most magical things about visiting this park. All of a sudden, you're greeted with the sight of a beautiful bridge and the vast ocean.
The pristine beach in this park is 5 miles in length and has an elevated half-mile boardwalk winding through marsh land where you can spot deer and other wildlife. The walk takes you to the Fire Island lighthouse. It's a great place to go shell collecting from your Southampton Inn.