Atlantic Avenue Beach

The Hamptons

One of Long Island's best beaches, the golden sands at Atlantic Avenue Beach are a favorite with families and singles (it's dog friendly, too), and offers lifeguards, outdoor showers and bathrooms as well. A daily parking pass – weekdays only – is $25 but you can leg it a mile or so from street parking on parts of Montauk Hwy.

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