If you want to just sit on the beach, and not swim, either of the two ends of the island offer relatively uncrowded beaches. The inlets at both ends of the island have strong currents and are not suitable for swimming, but are great for walking, sunbathing and surf fishing. If you want uncrowded guarded beaches, probably Seaspray Beach at the north end and many of the guarded beaches south of 34th St (every third street has a lifeguard) are less crowded. The biggest crowds are between 5th and 13th St along the boardwalk, because that is where most of the food concessions are. At the north end, North St beach is popular but crowded, but E Atlantic beach to the north is less so, and Waverly, which is a surfing only beach, is a good place to sit and watch the action.
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