Beach-goers need not venture far from Buffalo to find sandy expanses, cool lake breezes and amazing sunsets. A series of public beaches along Lake Erie are within 45 minutes of downtown Buffalo. These beaches provide some of the region’s most popular summer hangouts and are close to lakeside bars, restaurants and beach clubs. So grab your pail and shovel, your beach umbrella, swim trunks and a cold six pack and head south of Buffalo along the lake shore. A Western New York summer simply isn’t complete without a day at the beach.