Long Island's beaches are dramatic, serene and scenic, stretching as far as the eye can see. The most beautiful—Cape Santa Maria Beach—has been ranked among the best in the world. Some beaches have water that is deep shades of blue and turquoise, separated by cliffs to hike over and reefs you can walk on when the tide is low. Others are shallow with a toned-down cool turquoise color, and on a calm day it looks like the water meets the sky. Beaches range from small to very long and either have coarse pink sand or yellow/white soft sand, with lots of small shells. Some are shaded by pine trees, others are great for snorkeling. Some are secluded, others are activity beaches.