Not enough beach days in life. Long Beach (NY) is west of some of the big name Long Island beaches like Jones, but for all purposes I can think of it works pretty good. I suppose parking can be an issue, but we were literally steps away from the beach
when me plus the littler Pasmore headed out to meet a friend and his son (little Pasmore on left in picture). Was perfect; sand, water, sun, company, perfect.Thinking about trying one of the lake/beaches upstate — stopped by Lake Welch way after hours and it looked serene, inviting and terrific, but the comments on Yelp were a bit less inviting. That was on way back from Fahnestock which is a solid 45 minutes further upstate but seemed about as un-pristine as Welch. Result, sticking to Long Island till I hear different. Couple more beach days before autumn spins into NYC.