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Standing in the heart of Manhattan, it's hard to believe that golden beaches are only an hour away. While Jones Beach, Long Beach, and Robert Moses State Park are the biggest stretches of sand, there are some smaller (and sometimes less crowded) beaches you may want to check out as well. Just watch your head -- these also tend to be surfer haunts. Tobay Beach is a half-mile of sand just east of Jones Beach, and Gilgo Beach is another gorgeous stretch 6 miles west of Robert Moses.