Readers’ Choice: Favorite Long Island Beach

We’re going all in on this one. If you love your local beach, then let your voice be heard.

Long Islanders take their beaches very seriously. In many cases, it’s the biggest reason they wouldn’t consider calling any other place home.

But with all of the sandy shores from Long Beach to Montauk, or the serene rocky bluffs that line the North Shore from Sands Point to Orient, surely there has to be one beach that stands above them all, right? Let’s find out.

This week we’re taking our weekly Readers’ Choice poll and putting to the entire Long Island population to see if indeed there's one beach among jewels such as Jones Beach, Robert Moses and any pristine shore in the Hamptons that deserves top bragging rights for 2012.

If one thing is certain, then we expect this to be a close race, so tell your friends to vote.

Readers’ Choice is a weekly feature where we ask you – our readers – to tell us your top picks on the businesses and local attractions that get your loyalty.

While the poll is a big one this week, we tried to limit it to the most popular beaches on Long Island. If you think we left one off that needs to be included, tell us in the comments.

On Friday we’ll tabulate all of the poll votes and comments, and crown and fly a winner’s flag in the sand of one of these amazing beaches.

Don’t let your favorite spot lose, but please only vote once in the following poll. Any attempt to game the poll could result in your favorite spot being disqualified.

(Please see the accompanying PDF for the complete rules.)

And stay "tuned" for our Long Island Beach Guide, which launches on Wednesday.

Mr Dunes May 31, 2012 at 02:41 AM
My favorites happens to be the nude beach, where I can freely let it all hang out... WOOOOOOH!
Marc Rosen May 31, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Aren't there a few of those on the Island?
Jaguar-Guy May 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I remember going to "Stayley's Beach" in Bayville, near Center Island back in the day. It had a tunnel to walk from the Oyster Bay side of the inlet, to the Long Island Sound side . . . sweet.
Wendy M June 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM
The best beach is Ditch in Montauk. The 2nd best is Cedar Beach in Babylon, it is the only beach that seems to not erode like the rest of the island.
An tUasal Airgead June 28, 2012 at 12:58 PM
At 224 of New York’s 372 beaches, there were 1,841 closing and advisory days last year. That was a 93 percent increase from 956 such days in 2010, a relatively clean year for state beaches. The report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, called “Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches” and released on Wednesday, found that a confluence of events — heavy rainfall, Hurricane Irene and a fire at a sewage treatment plant on the Hudson River in Harlem — had contributed to increased contamination of area beaches. The fire alone discharged 200 hundred millions gallons of raw sewage into New York area waters. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/nyregion/number-of-pollution-related-beach-closings-in-new-york-rose-sharply-in-2011.html


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