Sun ☀️ of A Beach

Submitted by ub on Sun, 05/28/2023 - 16:20

Besides Orchard Beach The Bronx and Coney Island, Brooklyn there are a few other gems in the New York fun in the Sun network.

I 💗 the surf and also the turf. Also any hidden beach why a few people know about it. But that was then and this is now. Here is a list of the top 100 secret beaches in America, which includes three in New York — with two of those located on Long Island's East End.

Orient Beach State Park on the North Fork of Long Island came in at No. 40 on the list. With its pristine beach, rocky shore, bike path, and lighthouse views, to boot, it's the perfect day trip for swimming, fishing, kayaking, a picnic on the beach, or walking the nature trails. Plus, with a playground for kids and the new Sunshine Shack concession stand, it's a little piece of paradise.

According to the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Orient Beach State Park, located at 40000 Route 25 in Orient, "is a natural wonderland of waterfront with 45,000 feet of frontage on Gardiners Bay and a rare maritime forest with red cedar, black-jack oak trees and prickly-pear cactus."

The park's natural beauty earned its designation as a National Natural Landmark in 1980, the site said.

"Other natural attractions in the park include the saltwater marsh and marine wildlife. Great blue herons, egrets, black-crowned night herons, and osprey are common sights in the park, leading to its recognition as an Audubon Important Bird Area," the site said. Also, Orient Beach is now a United States Light House Society passport stamp location, the site said.

Other New York beaches to appear on the list include Amsterdam Beach Preserve, located on Montauk Highway in Montauk, which comes in at No. 19. According to East Hampton Town, "Amsterdam Beach is a partnership in preservation owned by the State of New York, the County of Suffolk and the Town of East Hampton. The nearly 200 acres of wetland, woodland, and shoreline offer some spectacular views and trails."

Coming in at No. 46 on the list, Chimney Bluffs State Park is located at 7700 Garner Road Wolcott, NY. "Land and water clash at Chimney Bluffs, sculpting the most dramatic landscape on the Lake Ontario shore. You can experience massive earthen spires from above or along the lakeshore on nature trails. Day-use services include picnic areas, nature trails, and restrooms," the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said.

The top secret beach in the poll is Awahua Beach, located off Hawaii’s island of Molokai. It’s known for crystal clear turquoise waters and soft, white sand.

Hawaii has three of the top five secret beaches — No. 3 Lanikai Beach, off the coast of Oahu, and No. 4 Kauapea Beach, on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii.

Also among the top five picks are Shell Key Preserve Beach in Florida (No. 2) and Sedge Island Beach in New Jersey (No. 5).

But since I am living in one of the most ex[ensive cities on earth, I gotta get out of here.…