Summer weather was made for a day at the beach. With more than 1,600 miles of shoreline, Long Island has choices to meet every beachgoer’s needs. So pack up your picnic basket, grab a towel or two and head to one of the area’s beaches to enjoy a day of sun and sand. Just be sure and do it safely.
Stay vigilant any time you're near the water. Swimming in a body of water such as an ocean, lake or river is different than swimming in a pool. There are currents, rip tides, marine life and uneven floors to contend with that aren’t a threat in the controlled environment of a pool. Use these tips from the American Red Cross to keep your summer beach time safe and healthy.
- Always swim in areas with a lifeguard on duty.
- Be mindful of weather and water conditions.
- Don’t swim alone, even if you’re an experienced swimmer with advanced skills.
- Enter shallow water feet first. Don't dive unless the water is at least 9 feet deep and is marked as safe for diving. Never dive head-first into the surf.
- Know your limits and respect your fitness and swimming capabilities.
Beach Bag Essentials
Although sand toys and a good book can improve your beach experience, you need more than that in your bag to keep the day’s necessities at your fingertips. Use these tips to help ensure you include all the essentials you need.
Be sure to bring:
- First-aid kit. A simple kit should include all the basics, such as bug bite sticks, bandages and antibiotic ointment.
- National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) certified life jackets. If you’re planning to spend time in the water, outfit yourself with a life jacket when you’re out among the waves.
- Sun-proof outerwear. Don’t depend on sunscreen to completely shield you from the sun’s harmful rays. Use protective outerwear like long-sleeve shirts, rash guard swimwear and a hat to keep yourself well protected.
- Sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher and reapply it often throughout the day.
- Water. Stay hydrated all day by including plenty of water in your beach bag or picnic basket.
Summer on Long Island
If the beach isn't your scene then check out Long Island's wide range of activities that will get you outside to enjoy all that summer has to offer.
- Fairs and festivals. From arts and crafts to street fairs and festivals, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to do a little shopping, enjoy delicious food and celebrate summer’s bounty. Learn more.
- Family-friendly events and destinations. Spend the day at a water park or take a quick day trip for a mini-vacation that keeps you close to home. The possibilities are endless. Learn more.
- Miles of shoreline. Whether you're looking for a sandy beach, breathtaking waves or somewhere secluded to watch the sunset, Long Island has a beach for you. Learn more.
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