Is Long Beach better than Rockaway Beach?

I usually go to Rockaway Beach. It's never crowded when I go, it's clean, and it's free. But people tell me that Long Beach is better and even though it's not free, it's worth it because it's a better beach. Is Long beach really better than Rockaway beach? If so, what makes it better? All... show more I usually go to Rockaway Beach. It's never crowded when I go, it's clean, and it's free. But people tell me that Long Beach is better and even though it's not free, it's worth it because it's a better beach.

Is Long beach really better than Rockaway beach? If so, what makes it better? All I look for in a beach is sand, water and sun, which Rockaway beach offers. So I would like to know what makes it better.
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