Jones Beach Island

Jones Beach Island is a barrier island off the southern coast of Long Island in the U.S. state of New York. It was named for the father of Thomas Jones (historian). It is sometimes referred to as Oak Beach Island, and the former home of the infamous Oak Beach Inn. It is separated from Long Island by Great South Bay. The island straddles the county line between Nassau and Suffolk counties and includes the Census-designated place of Gilgo-Oak Beach-Captree, New York.

The southern side of the island is known for its beaches that face the open Atlantic Ocean. Jones Beach State Park, on the western tip of the island is a summer recreational destination for the New York City area.

It is accessible from Long Island on its western end by the Meadowbrook Parkway to Merrick, New York, the Loop Parkway to Long Beach, New York and the Wantagh Parkway to Wantagh, New York. Its eastern end is linked to Babylon, New York as well as to Fire Island, New York by the Robert Moses Causeway. The Ocean Parkway connects all three causeways and runs the length of the island.

ee also

*Fire Island
*Great South Bay
*West Gilgo Beach

External links

* [http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/HCLAS/Geology/GEO_beaches.cfm Hofstra University: Study of Beaches on Jones Beach Island]


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