Long Island: Places to Explore

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Long Beach

A series of large barrier islands, which protect the mainland from ocean surges, sits off the south shore of Long Island. The city of Long Beach occupies the westernmost of these islands, in Nassau County. Thanks to the ocean breezes, the weather is moderate—on average 10F warmer in winter and 10F cooler in summer than the rest of the county.

The city, aptly named for its 5-mi-long stretch of pristine beach, was established as a warm-weather resort community in the 1870s. Teeming with restaurants, nightlife, and shops, it's still a popular vacation spot. The 2-mi-long boardwalk is a hub of activity, especially in summer, when the permanent population of 35,000 swells to 50,000. The Long Island Rail Road makes it easy to get here from New York City. The water's edge is only a third of a mile walk from the last stop on the railroad's Long Beach line.

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