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Daily Top 10: The 10 Best Beaches on the North Shore

Though Long Island has an endless supply of beach area not all beaches make for everyone's cup on tea.

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Though Long Island has an endless supply of beach area not all beaches make for everyone’s cup on tea. While beaches on the North Shore are less known for their waves and more for their rocky landscape, South Shore beaches have a smoother layout and are prime for surfers and other water activities. Some beaches are open to the public while others are private with entrance permitted only with a town sticker. Today we present to you a list of the some of the best beaches on Long Island’s North Shore.  Spend a day swimming, relaxing, seashell hunting or simply soaking up the sun. Check back tomorrow for a list of the best South Shore beaches.

1.    Callahan’s Beach Park
Fort Salonga Road/25A, Fort Salonga

2.    Crab Meadow Beach Park
Waterview Street, Northport – (631) 351-3000

3.    Wading River Beach
End of Creek Road, Wading River – (631) 727-5744

4.    Cedar Town Beach
Harbor Beach Road, Mount Sinai

5.    Orient Beach
State Parkway (off Main Road), Orient – (631) 323-2440

6.    Long Beach Town Park
Long Beach Road, Nissequogue

7.    Short Beach
703 Boney Lane/Short Beach Road, Nissequogue

8.    Beckman Beach Town Park
West End Avenue, Oyster Bay Cove

9.    Hobart Beach Park
Birmingham Drive, Eatons Neck

10.    Geisslers Beach Park
Makamah Road, Fort Salonga – (631) 351-3192