This is about 4.5 miles of almost uninterrupted sand that just happens to have several different access points. Note that Shipwreck and Watermelon are our own names. Shipwreck because when you get to the beach, there is a ship wrecked there. You can actually find it on earthview if you know it’s there. Now Shipwreck might be what is known as Morrisville, but I’ve have to confirm that with some of our island friends. As for Watermelon. Well on our first trip to that beach back in 2011, we’re following our chart, trying to figure out what road went to the beach, went past a pond and quickly went past a lovely house on the QH with what appeared to be a lane to its garage, went a quarter mile further and decided to turn back and take the lane. At the back of the fenced in yard was a wonderful garden with a large crop of watermelons growing. And the lane opened up a bit into a sand road that hugged a large pond, just like the chart showed! Since then, Watermelon it became. Now this one might be called Taits, although the settlement itself is a bit south of this beach.
DIRECTIONS: No matter the names, this is the longest stretch of Atlantic side sand on Long Island. So to get to them, just head south on the QH past Clarence Town. Detailed directions are given on the individual beach pages: Lochabar, Dunmore, Shipwreck, and Watermelon.