About Lido Beach

If Lido Beach isn't the best beachbreak on the entire East Coast, it’s definitely top-three. With deeper water offshore, when conditions are right at Lido, it’s just peaks for days. Facing pretty much due-south, Lido loves S and SE swells, N winds, and mid-tides and is famous for vicious rips, brutal crowds, embarrassing denials and apex tube riding. The main peak at Lido maxes out at just under double-overhead, then it starts doubling up and washing through, but it still picks up more swell than Long Beach. Show up with four boards and you'll leave with four boards… broken.

Source: Lido Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Not the best beginner spot, mostly rippers when it's good.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow if you show humility and respect, heavy if you don't.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

On good days, can be very crowded.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

On the right day, this is one of the better spots on the East Coast.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Usually breaks fairly close in so not a super far paddle.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean overall.

Additional Information


Shallow bottom, rip currents.


Large parking lot (fee to park in mid-June through early September)

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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