|Public Beaches of the North Fork|
Long Island's eastern north fork is bordered by tens of miles of clean, fine white-sand beaches along both the sound, ocean, and the bay, surrounded by secluded dunes, cliff side bluffs and lighthouses. In fact, some of the world's best public beaches are located on Long Island's eastern north fork, featuring miles of beaches, beach trails, restaurants, picnic areas, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Long Island Sound offers beach-goers a calm experience: very little waves and undertow for bathers, and big, sandy beaches like you find on the ocean. The Greenport-Southold area offers visitors the best family beaches of any part of the state, including state parks and small community beaches set on little inlets and coves. Since the boating community is very active here, you will find plenty of easy opportunity to reach the region by boat, as well as by more traditional means.
Where Long Island Sound ends and the Atlantic Coast begins, the Greenport-Southold area is probably the region's best kept waterfront secret. Swimmable water, calm ocean waves and 17 sandy beaches await visitors. Those who prefer the entertainment of a busy summer spot will enjoy Greenport Village, with its seaport attractions, nightlife and numerous hotels. Smaller community beaches and state parks along the shoreline offer smaller crowds, picturesque sand dunes, and great opportunities for bird-watching.