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Long Island's Jones Beach An East Coast Favorite
Long Island's Jones Beach An East Coast Favorite

WANTAGH, N.Y. — It's hard to say what it is exactly that makes one beach nicer than another. Is it the sand? The water? The size of the waves? Nearby attractions, such as a boardwalk or gift shops? Whatever it is, Jones Beach on Long Island's south shore has it in spades ... or in this case, waves. Since it opened as a park in 1929, Jones Beach has served as a picturesque playground for generations of summer's sunburned masses who make regular pilgrimages to the beach to lie on the soft, sun-soaked sand and gaze out at the waters of the Atlantic. And the masses still travel to the park — it is one of the most popular beaches on the East Coast and plays host to...