As it wasn’t humid today, but still nice and warm we decided to get on the Long Island Railroad and head out to Long Beach, Long Island.
The LIRR leaves from Atlantic Terminal – just a 15 minute walk from our place so we got up, got ready and headed out early. It is such a bargain.. for $21 you get return train ticket and your beach access ticket. Yes, to access this beach you have to pay. BUT – it is worth it as it is not super packed and very clean with a well maintained boardwalk. Also, it is minus the the crazies from Coney Island. Bonus!
Here I am on the train… the LIRR trains are gorgeous. Perfect AC and nice and roomy!
We had to transfer at Jamaica station… a decent amount of people were on the way to the beach too!
Here is the Long Beach station. It is right on the main road and the beach is a short five minute walk from the station. Perfect location!
The streets reminded me of LA. They were tree lined with concrete roads and with the sea breeze it felt like a little bit of Cali in NY!
From the boardwalk it felt like I was sitting out the front of Kelly and Donna’s Beach house in 90210. People playing volleyball, playing frisbee, throwing the football and in the distance someone was flying a kite. A great idea that I saw was the lifesavers actually have markers for their ’emergency lane’. As the beach is so long, people are not allowed to set up their chairs and towels anywhere on this strip of sand. So when there is an emergency, they can get in their buggy and be clear of people. Clever! The emergency lane is in between those two sticks in the sand –
As you can see, the beach is niceeeee! We didn’t bring our bathers or anything today as we didn’t know what to expect. On the next warm weekend we are packing a picnic, getting an early train, hiring our chairs and umbrella and having a full day there. We cannot wait – the water was so inviting!!