Along the stretch of Long Island's shores, Jones Beach is a traditional hot spot for beating the heat, punctuated by a spectacular air show by the Blue Angels in what has become an almost annual summer tradition.
Meanwhile, even further out on "the island" (as the locals call it) there is fashionable Hamptons
Beaches on Long Island where the famous, the rich, and the nearly-rich go to play in summer.
In fact, Main Beach in East Hampton (top) has been included in a list of the Top Ten US Beaches for its pristine beauty - with additional high marks from surfers for its wild waves and booming surf in season.
Then there is quiet Montauk Point, a good place for just lazing the days away at the easternmost beach community in the state.
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DID YOU KNOW? New York State beaches & lakes fun facts:
Western New York's "Coney Island".
• No one knows exactly how the barrier island off Long Island's coast got the name Fire Island, but according to folklore it may have been the fires which were set by pirates to lure unsuspecting ships to coastal beaches.