Located in the town of Hempstead at the far east end of Jones Beach barrier island between Reynolds Channel and the open Atlantic Ocean, the Nassau County hamlet of Point Lookout covers only .2 square miles. Jones Inlet separates it from Jones Beach Island, while Lido Boulevard links Point Lookout to Lido Beach and Long Beach.
Developed in the late 1920s as a summer getaway, the hamlet of about 1,500 people is only about a ten-minute stroll from end to end and is surrounded by water on three sides. Point Lookout is a beach community with family-centric values, a small-town feel and a way of life that has been in place for generations. Recent years have seen the community transformed from a seasonal getaway to a year-round residence. About half of its homes are owned by permanent residents. Homes here tend to be on the expensive side given the many advantages of beachfront living. Point Lookout is in the Long Beach school district. No matter where you are, it’s a short walk to the beach and into the small cluster of eateries and shops that constitute downtown. Lido Beach, about two miles away, offers a golf course. You’ll find bays, dunes and marshland in addition to ocean shoreline supporting a wide variety of plants and animals. Water lovers will be in heaven here, with opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating and sailing in every direction. There are two public marinas, and the Point Lookout Yacht Club around which much of the hamlet’s social life revolves holds races on a regular basis. A small, well-kept beach is reserved for residents.
Sunday brunch at Jo Jo Apples cafe is a popular way to check in with neighbors, as are community gatherings like concerts and barbecues. Concerts at Jones Beach are a 10-minute drive away and there’s a movie theater in nearby Long Beach; the retail mecca of Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City is about 15 minutes away.
The closest Long Island Rail Road stations are in Merrick and Long Beach. From the Long Beach station on the Long Island Rail Road, the train to Manhattan takes about 53 minutes. Point Lookout is just off the Loop and Meadowbrook Parkways, 37 miles from Manhattan about a 50-minute drive.