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Smells like Bacon - owing to way too many cops on dune buggies patrolling the joint.
Vibe Touristas carrying on a tradition (there's been public bathing here since 1888); teenagers out for liquor and beer.
Unique features Only Island beach protected by a breakwall; giant pier; Venice Beach feel (if you squint real hard); dunes behind the westernmost swimming area.
Sand specs The gulls seem to like it.
Extras Outdoor showers with hot running water; dog-strangling vine (apparently it's messing with the trees).
Getting there From Centre Island ferry dock to the water via Avenue of the Island.
411 on H20 Blue Flag beach since 2007 thanks to dredging around breakwall.
Next wave Enviro program for kids.