Robert Moses State Park
Named in honour of one of the city’s most influential urban planners, Robert Moses State Park lies on the western edge of Fire Island. While the island is generally known for its lively nightlife, the beach here is ideal for those seeking some tranquil seaside time. Comprising roughly five miles of sand, the seafront is frequented by sunbathers, surfers, swimmers, and even those looking to fish. Stay on for a dinnertime picnic and catch the sunset over the waves.
Occupying a coastal barrier island just a quick trip from the easternmost edge of New York City, Long Beach is definitely one of the best Long Island beaches. Its expanse of clean, white sand is these days complemented by a sparkling boardwalk, rebuilt and debuted after being ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. While the entry fee ($15 for non-residents) makes it pricier than some other options, it also keeps it clean and quiet — perfect for all-day lounging.
Jones Beach State Park
Six and a half miles of white sand beach abutting the Atlantic Ocean. A family-friendly boardwalk with games and old-fashioned concessions. A bandshell with outdoor entertainment all season long. It’s no wonder that, in the summer months, Jones Beach State Park attracts flocks of New Yorkers looking to get out of town for a while — given its popularity, you’d be wise to stake out a spot early.