Guide to Long Island Beaches: Four South Shore Hot Spots to Stay Cool

Summertime is almost here and with the 80 degree temps lately, finding places to stay cool have been tough. We’ve rounded up four Suffolk South Shore hot spots to stay cool with your kids!

Atlantique Beach, Fire Island, 631-583-8610

Accessible by ferry, (departing from Bay Shore Marina,) or private boat only. The best of both worlds, Atlantique beach is located on Fire Island with both a beach on the bay and ocean side.

We know that the best part of this trip may be the ferry.  They’ll have a blast seeing the other boats going by and to experiencing the beauty of Long Island without having to look through a windshield.

Offering a small beach on both the bay and 1/2 mile on Ocean side, Atlantique has both the waves of the ocean and the bay for those seeking a quieter water experience.  Perfect for family outings,  it offers a small food stand, showers, playground, picnic and fishing areas, as well as volleyball, surfing, and a marina.  Atlantique is quite versatile and appeals to all age groups.

Lifeguards w/ends 11am-5pm until June 19, Daily from June 25-Sept.5, 11am-5pm

Open to both residents and non-residents.

Benjamin Beach, end of S. Clinton Ave, Bay Shore, 631-224-5778

Benjamin Beach has plenty of fun activities for both in and out of the water. Shipwreck Cove Sprinkler Park/activity pool has slides, sprinklers, a wading area for little ones, water shoots and plenty of pirate mischief to keep the kids occupied for hours. There is also a playground, picnic area, beach ramp for sand chair accessibility and for making those trips with the stroller much easier.  Basketball courts, full showers with changing facilities, food stand, fishing dock as well as a marina, make Benjamin Beach a top pick.  It has it all!

Open to both residents and non-residents.

Sailors Haven Beach/Fire Island National Seashore/preserve.

Sailors Haven Ferry, (631-589-8980) or private boat, Sayville, 631-687-4750

The adventure begins with a short ferry ride over to fire island.  A day away from vehicles, traffic and noise.  This serene beach is family friendly and perfect for those seeking a day trip destination.  Besides the beach, the boardwalk path through Sunken Forest, is a relaxing way to take in some nature while taking a break from the intensity of the sun.  You’ll get lost among the trees, vines, birds and little creatures that fill this wooded treasure cove.  Guided/interpretive tours, as well as educational workshops are offered.  The Sailors Haven tourist center located steps away from the ferry.  A small snack bar, showers and gift shop for a souvenir or forgotten item makes this a perfect “staycation” location. Open to both residents and non-residents.

Sayville Marina Park- end of Foster Ave, Sayville, 631-472-7021

Situated on the Great South Bay this small beach offers many things to do. With 2 playgrounds, one for the little ones and the other with rope bridges, tunnels, and sliding poles, it’s a great play space for all ages.  Although the beach is small, it offers a good proportion of swimming and sand.  This is a favorite place to collect sand treasures.  There are plenty of benches for those looking to take in the breath- taking view of the Great South Bay.  A bike path is perfect for those interested in going for a ride before cooling off and plenty of green space is available for a quiet picnic or kite flying or for those games of Frisbee.

Tennis courts, fishing, and picnic areas with fire pits, all make this a well- rounded beach that has plenty to do for a day long outing. Showers/restrooms and first aid stand available during lifeguard hours.  Lifeguards on duty 10-6om W/Es May 28- June 19 and then daily 10-6pm until Sept.5. Open to Islip residents only.

–by Michelle K. Spreckels



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