I am a beach person, but I haven’t spent much time exploring the beaches around New York City because I prefer warm water. However, since I haven’t had time to make it to the Caribbean recently I thought I should check out more of the local beaches.
Last summer I went to Sandy Hook, NJ so I wanted to check out one of the beaches in Long Island. I had heard good things about Long Beach, Long Island. Since it would be an easy day trip, so we decided to give it a shot.
After, my visit I thought it would be helpful if I shared the pros and cons I experienced. Overall though, I would recommend doing a day trip to Long Beach Long Island in the summer.
Note: There is a Long Beach Island in New Jersey, which I have not been to yet.
COVID-19 Notice: Long Beach is open. Please practice social distancing. Note that the LIRR beach getaway packages are not available for 2020.
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About Long Beach Long Island
Long Beach is located on Long Beach Barrier Island, which is off Long Island’s South Shore, about 30 miles to the east of New York City. It’s part of Nassau County and has a population of just more than 30,000.
The city of Long Island takes up the entire north–south span of the barrier island with the Reynolds Channel to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. There are two drawbridges, the Long Beach Bridge and the Atlantic Beach Bridge, that connect the barrier island to the mainland of Long Island.
Pros of Long Beach Long Island
- It is easy to get to Long Beach from NYC. The train ride from Penn Station takes about an hour and then it is an easy 10 minute walk from the Long Beach LIRR station to the beach. On the weekends, the trains run about once an hour. Get to Penn Station early to allow for time to buy your tickets, so you don’t miss your train like we did!
- You can save on beach admission if you buy the beach getaway package through the Long Island Railroad– unfortunately, I found this after I went! An individual round-trip train ticket is $19 on the weekends and admission to the beach is $15, but the package is $23.75 per person. That saves you $10.25 per person.
- The beach is very long with beautiful fine sand. We enjoyed our walk along the beach and it would also be great for running. We even found some shells.
- The water is clear and there were plenty of people enjoying the waves. There are lifeguards and they were definitely watching. The lifeguards only allowed people to swim in areas close to each lifeguard chair. When the lifeguards went off duty at the end of the day, they made sure to get everyone out of the water.
- There are several bars and restaurants on the street by the train station, many had brunch and drink specials. There was also an Italian Ice place. I saw carts on the boardwalk selling ice cream, snacks, and drinks.
- There is a boardwalk and you can rent bikes if you like or just walk. There were also benches along the boardwalk where you could relax and people watch.
- We just laid on our towels on the beach but there are chairs and beach umbrellas for rent if you prefer.
- They had volleyball courts. I didn’t play but it was fun to watch.
For more ideas of places to visit in the area, check out this post about the places you can’t miss on Long Island.
Cons of Long Beach Long Island
Just a few things to keep in mind if you do decide to visit Long Beach Long Island:
- If you didn’t purchase the LIRR Long Beach package, you must buy a Long Beach NY beach pass for $15 per person to get on the sand. We bought these cards which were a similar thickness to a credit card that were punched as a receipt. You are supposed to carry the card with you at all times, but after entering we were never asked to show it.
- Alcohol is not allowed
- The water is a little cold for my taste. Since Russell is used to going into the North Sea in England, he loved it.
- The water can be rough. The lifeguards were very strict. At one point, I noticed there was a lifeguard standing at the water’s edge in addition to the one in the chair. We did not see any surfers when we went, but maybe they go earlier?
- The beach was crowded, but since it is a long beach, you can easily find some space.
- There is limited outdoor seating at the bars and restaurants nearby. I found this a little odd, but I guess it is good to take a little break from the sun.
- Driving to Long Beach is not recommended because traffic can be bad, so try to use the LIRR.
Things to Do in Long Beach Other Than the Beach
Long Beach is a popular destination in the summer because it has such a lovely beach and boardwalk, but you may be wondering if that’s all Long Beach has to offer. Here are a few more things to do in Long Beach:
- Long Beach Ice Arena – This used to be the practice facility for the New York Rangers Hockey Team, but now it is open to the public for ice skating. Get more information about it here.
- Long Beach Historical Museum – Artifacts from Long Beach’s history are housed inside a 1909 two-story Craftsman-style house that was one of the original Estates of Long Beach summer residence villas. They also host a lot of special events. Get more information here.
- Shopping – You can find some fantastic boutique shops in Long Beach including Reign, Codfish Cowboy, Ooh La La, and LB Surf.
Where to Stay in Long Beach New York
I think it is easy enough to get to Long Beach that you can visit as a day trip, but if you want to make a beach weekend out of it you can. There are two hotel options in Long Beach:
- Long Beach Hotel – This hotel is 250 yards from the beach and boardwalk. It features two onsite restaurants. Read reviews on Tripadvisor here or check pricing and availability on Booking here.
- Allegria Hotel – Stay right on the the boardwalk. This hotel features a seasonal rooftop pool, the Atlantica restaurant, and the L’onda Lounge. Read reviews on Tripadvisor here or check pricing and availability on Booking here.
Alternatively, it might be better to go with an Airbnb. Check out the options here.
Is it Worth Visiting Long Beach Long Island?
Yes! All in all, we enjoyed ourselves and it was a nice relaxing, easy getaway from NYC.
What is your favorite beach around NYC? Oh and don’t forget your sunscreen!
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Last Updated on December 13, 2020