If you’re looking for a perfect destination for weekends of sun and fun, the beaches of Long Island are what you’re missing. Those in New York City often don’t need to plan for a long vacation outside the country so they can experience sand, surf, and spectacular beaches. It’s time you escaped to Long Island and experienced what this location has to offer. The beaches here are known for their natural beauty, crystal clear waters, tranquil shores, and family-friendly vibes.

Whether you’re planning to travel to Long Island with friends or coming with your family, there’s something for you on this paradise. Some of the beaches in Long Island have been ranked among the best in the United States over the years. Here are some of Long Island’s most beautiful beaches!

Long Beach

The Long Beach features a 2.2-mile boardwalk which allows visitors and locals alike to enjoy bike rides and even have educational walks. Anyone looking for a day of fun can find it right here. Residents display their local artwork on the boardwalk which makes it even more interesting. Come take a walk along this stretch before heading to the sand and checking out the ocean-themed Magnolia Boulevard playground. It’s important that you arrive early on weekends since the beach is often crowded.

Ocean Beach

Well, you might have heard stories about Fire Island and it’s partying atmosphere, but wait until you get to Ocean Beach. The beach is considered a nightlife hub so you better come prepared to party. Most of Fire Island tends to be carefree and that’s how the ocean beach is. The water on the beach is inviting, thanks to the warm ocean currents. Be sure to engage Fire Islanders if you’re coming for the first time. You don’t want to have a hard time navigating the village.

Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh

Jones Beach State park features over six and half miles of beautiful shoreline and allows visitors to stroll along the boardwalk or swim in the ocean. Besides swimming, you can go fishing at field 10. It’s a requirement for those swimming to do so in designated lifeguarded locations because waves tend to be rough at the beach. Explore what the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Centre has to offer after enjoying traditional food at the restaurants here. It’s recommended to arrive early since the beach receives many visitors on weekends. You might want to check out the Jones Beach Theater and see when they have a summer concert and plan your trip accordingly.

Robert Moses State Park

Perhaps one of the best family beach spots, Robert Moses State park boasts excellent swimming and surfing, miles of sparkling coastline, as well as, a historic lighthouse. There are four fields at the beach, each offering beach shops, comfort stations, concessions, lifeguards, and first aid. Those who don’t want to swim can enjoy boogie boarding or play golf. At field 5, there’s a playground for children, nature walk leading to Fire Island’s historic lighthouse, and boardwalk. There’s also free Wi-Fi. This beach spot is the perfect family hangout location where you can relax, have fun, and enjoy a meal at one of scenic areas set for picnics.