In all the years we've lived in New York, we'd never made it out to Jones Beach (quite possibly Long Island's most famous beach), which is surprising considering just how close and easy to get to it is.
We left at 7:30 in the morning in order to beat both the traffic and the peak temperatures during the first big heat wave last weekend. By 10:45 we had laid out for a couple hours on soft sand, listening to the faint waves in the background, and were ready to head home just as lots of people were making there way to the parking lot (shoot for area 6).
We headed slightly further east on the island to eat oysters, clams, and lobster at our favorite spot, Southside in Lindenhurst, and still got back by 2:00. We spent the rest of the day relaxing with our air conditioners and vowing to make the early morning trip to Jones Beach more often.
It was one of the nicest ways to spend a morning ever.