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Long Island gets its name from — what else? — its length: it's 100 miles long. The western end, New York City, is more famous, but the eastern tip is a summer playground, with the villages of the Hamptons, dozens of wineries, and broad white sand beaches that melt into the horizon. Jones Beach is simply as fine a public beach as any you'll find east of Hawaii, better even than the mostly private beaches in the Hamptons and Fire Island, a smaller neighboring island with several villages of its own. Fresh seafood and shellfish abound, with New England-style shacks in Greenpoint and Port Jefferson.

The conservation movement was ...

Long Island gets its name from — what else? — its length: it's 100 miles long. The western end, New York City, is more famous, but the eastern tip is a summer playground, with the villages of the Hamptons, dozens of wineries, and broad white sand beaches that melt into the horizon. Jones Beach is simply as fine a public beach as any you'll find east of Hawaii, better even than the mostly private beaches in the Hamptons and Fire Island, a smaller neighboring island with several villages of its own. Fresh seafood and shellfish abound, with New England-style shacks in Greenpoint and Port Jefferson.

The conservation movement was started here, in Oyster Bay, by resident Teddy Roosevelt; his summer retreat, Sagamore Hill, is open to the public. A bird sanctuary lies across the road, and a vast botanical garden is nearby.

Evelyn Kanter
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Evelyn Kanter is a contributor to Fodor's NYC and Fodor's Canada, editor of the Michelin Green Guide Switzerland, and author of Great Destinations: The Hudson Valley.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Long Island stretches northeast from New York Harbor into the Atlantic Ocean, the tip is Montauk Point. The Hamptons are a group of villages and hamlets which form the South Fork of Long Island. The Hamptons are a popular seaside resort.
  • Research: Long Island | East Hampton | The Hamptons | Long Island
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Anytime but a July or August weekend, when wall-to-wall traffic turns a leisurely pace into a crawl.