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Beach Guide

Joseph La Rosa

Now that finals are coming up and the trees are starting to blossom as the first really nice days of spring begin to roll in, it’s impossible not to come down with summer fever.

You’ll start to see students sprawled out tanning on the lawns in between study sessions just hoping to get that sun kissed look that they’ve been deprived of over the winter months. If you already have tanning on the brain, you might as well take it a step further and start planning your beach trips for the summer months. Besides you’ll need something to look forward to with all of the studying for finals beginning soon.

Fortunately, Long Island is home to some of the most amazing beaches in the world. So if you’re not from around here, but are sticking around for the summer, here are three locations you’d be a fool to not check out.

1.Long Beach

I admit I’m a little biased seeing as Long Beach is my home town but I must say compared to any other beach I’ve been to, Long Beach sand is the best. This beautiful, fine white sand feels amazing under your feet and is perfect for playing volleyball, sleeping, building sand castles, and digging. Long Beach is easily accessible. The station is the last stop on the Long Beach line of the LIRR and the beach is a 2 minute walk straight off the tracks. What is also special about Long Beach is the beautiful 2.2 mile-long boardwalk that borders the beach where you will always find people running, biking, or just watching the action on the beach below.

2.Fire Island

One of the more difficult beaches to get to because there are no cars allowed on the island, Fire Island offers a more secluded and laid back vibe. The island is 32 miles long and is home to many charming hotels, restaurants, summer rentals, shops, and more. Compared to the more crowded atmosphere at Jones Beach, Fire Island beaches offer a more romantic setting for those looking to just get away.

3.The Hamptons and Montauk

On the easternmost part of the south shore of Long Island, you’ll find the famous Hamptons and Montauk Point. And although this scenic spot is great for celebrity spotting, it offers a lot more to the public than you would expect. The Hamptons has amazing shopping, dining and nightlife. And Montauk is notorious for some of the best fishing spots on the East Coast and you can even go whale watching. If you decide to make the trek out here make sure not to miss the around 200 year old Montauk Point Lighthouse, you won’t be disappointed.

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