The 6 Best Beaches in Suffolk County

Are you looking for a fun, engaging, and inexpensive way to spend your day, or even just an afternoon? Well, hitting the road and heading for a beach is always a great idea, especially in the summer time, but with dozens of beaches to choose from, you might be stuck wondering which ones are the best for you. We’ve made a list of the six best beaches in Suffolk County, with a variety of destinations along the Long Island shoreline. Whether you’re a dog lover or looking for some good fishing, you’ll definitely find your next beach destination.

1. Best Beach for Dogs

Camp Hero State Park: Camp Hero State Park is full of sights to see and things to do, with over 415 acres of beautiful ocean views, freshwater wetlands, dense forests, scenic bluffs, horseback and biking trails, hiking paths, and much more. When you mention Camp Hero though, most native New Yorkers will either think of 1.) the mysterious government experiments rumored to have been done here or 2.) the fact that it’s considered one of the best surf fishing beaches in the world. What we know Camp Hero best for though, is as our favorite dog beach in Suffolk County. Why? As a dog owner, you’ll quickly find that there are lots of rules around dogs – where you can have them, what times of year they can be on the beach, how long their leash must be, which entrance they have to go through, and so on. At Camp Hero State Park, the only rule is that dogs must be on a leash that is less than 6 ft. long, ensuring that your pup gets to enjoy hiking the trails just as much as you will!

Note: Another great beach for dogs in Suffolk County is Shadmoor State Park, which also has more lax rules on dogs. For a list of other dog-friendly beaches, check out this list of Long Island pet friendly beaches, with info about the rules for bringing them.

Address: Camp Hero State Park, 1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954

2. Best Beach for Tanning

Robert Moses State Park: Have you been searching for a sun-kissed locale that’s perfect for hanging out and getting an even tan? Search no further, because Robert Moses State Park is the place for you – and over 3 million other visitors throughout the year. This beach is one of the most popular destinations in Suffolk County, and for good reason. There are almost 5 miles of shoreline to walk along, so there’s a good chance you’ll find a spot to pitch an umbrella, park your ice chest and enjoy some drinks while you soak up the sun. If you need a break, you can let your mind wander as you walk along the marina and visit some of the concession stands and shops. There are also picnic tables with grilling stations if you want to BBQ your lunch while you’re there. They have even added WiFi to the beach, so now you can scroll through your Facebook feed or stream videos while you lounge!

Note: No pets allowed on this beach, sorry! They’ll have to get a tan at home.

Address: 600 Robert Moses State Parkway, Babylon, NY 11702

3. Best Beach for Kids and Family

Sunken Meadow State Park: Sunken Meadow State Park is the perfect spot to take the whole family. When we say this beach has it all, we mean it: picnic areas, swimming spots, walking paths, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, and even golf are just a some of the activities offered. So bring the whole family out and split off to do your separate activities, or have a nice lunch together on the grassy picnic area and enjoy the view of the Long Island Sound. You really can’t go wrong when you choose this Suffolk County beach as your destination.

Note: Dogs are not allowed on the main pathways or trails, but must use the designated dog walk trail through the entrance on Old Dock Road off of 25A East.

Address: Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, NY 11754

4. Best Beach for Walking and Nature Trails

Heckscher State Park: Heckscher State Park has a lot to offer, but one of the main attractions in addition to the ocean views is that it has four miles of walking, biking, and hiking trails. Ask anyone who has been there, and they’ll tell you that you can see deer as well as a variety of birds, including starlings, warblers, sparrows, finches, chickadees, thrushes, wrens, and much more. Check out their bird guide, available online. If you want to introduce a bit of education while you walk, bring the bird guide with you and check off which types you see on your way!

This park is also great if you want to have a big family gathering, since they have pavilions that can be reserved and rented out for the day. Kick back, grill up some food, and enjoy the quiet beauty that this Suffolk County nature area has to offer.

Note: Dogs are not allowed in buildings, bathing areas, picnic areas, or on walkways, and must be on a leash less than 6 ft. in length.

Address: Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip, NY 11730

5. Best Beach for Fishing

Hitcher Hills State Park: Hitcher Hills State park is great for camping as well as fishing. You can fish off the shore during the day, and can even try your luck at night fishing, as long as you obtain the proper permit. Anglers will appreciate the year-round fishing opportunity, and your family (if you bring them along) will enjoy the campgrounds, walking trails, beaches, swimming, and picnic areas. The eastern edge of the park consists of the Napeague Harbor “walking dunes,” which are a must-see during nicer weather.

You can reserve a campsite for your tent or trailer, and group campsites are also available. Note that motor homes, trailers, and pop ups aren’t allowed in the parking lot Friday-Sunday, so you’ll need to park them elsewhere or plan accordingly.

Note: Dogs are not allowed in buildings, bathing areas, picnic areas, or on walkways, and must be on a leash less than 6 ft. in length.

Address: 164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954

6. Best Beach for Surfing

Ditch Plains Beach: Ditch Plains Beach is one of the best surfing beaches in Suffolk County, NY. Do be aware that it’s meant for more experienced surfers (you can check out a list of other surfing beaches in Long Island at This isn’t your stereotypical beach for tanning or walking along the shore – it’s definitely a surfer favorite, and it offers some amazing views of the sand dunes to boot. You will  see many paddle boarders at Ditch Plains, which makes sitting back and watching everyone on the water work their magic with the waves a treat in itself.

Note: Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a 6 ft. leash.

Address: Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY, 11954

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