6 great North Fork beaches that don’t require a town permit

Cedar Beach in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Cedar Beach in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Have you ever driven to what you thought was the perfect beachfront location on the North Fork only to have a “parking by permit only” sign ruin your fun?

This handy beach guide lays out the best beaches that are open to everyone, not just town residents.

Enjoy our bay and sound beaches!

Orient Beach State Park
Location: Route 25, Orient (just take it to the end)
Fee: $8 per vehicle in off-season, $10 in the summer

Located on the eastern tip of the North Fork, Orient Beach State Park offers breathtaking views along the 45,000 feet of shoreline facing Gardiners Bay. The beach has biking trails, showers, picnic tables, playgrounds, canoeing/kayaking access, a bathing beach and more.

The park opens daily year-round at 8 a.m. Click here for more information.

Cedar Beach County Park
Location: 3690 Cedar Beach Road, Southold
Cost: Free

This beach on the south side of the fork faces Shelter Island Sound. There are no admission or parking fees to enjoy the 68 acre park and 2,800 feet of shoreline maintained by Cornell Cooperative Extension. The beach also features a boat launch ramp. Gates close at sundown.

Town Beach
Location: 53005 Route 48, Southold
Fee: Non-resident $25 per day, parking permits available for purchase Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Labor Day.

Facilities at this Soundfront beach include a playground, picnic area and a beach wheelchair for disabled patrons, lifeguards and restrooms.

New Suffolk Beach
Location: 2650 Jackson St., New Suffolk
Fee: $25 per day, parking permits available for purchase Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Labor Day.

This beach provides lifeguards and beach attendants.

Gull Pond Beach
Location: 5100 Manhanset Ave., Greenport
Fee: $25 per day, parking permits available for purchase Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Labor Day.

The beach overlooks Shelter Island and contains a large parking area and has lifeguards and beach attendants on duty in the summer.

South Jamesport Beach

Location: Peconic Bay Blvd., South Jamesport

Fee: $35 per day

This beach features 3,000 feet of Peconic Bay shoreline and is great for swimming with small children. It is handicapped accessible and has outdoor showers, restrooms, a pavilion, playground and a snack shack (opened during summer season). There is also a gazebo, tennis and basketball courts and a picnic area.

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