NYC Area Beaches

Most people wouldn’t think of New York City as a beach city, but sitting right on the Atlantic with natural environments nearer than most would think, it does have some awesome beaches with easy access by subway or bus. Water quality conditions are analyzed on a regular basis and reported online so you can pick and choose what’s a good fit for you on any given day.

Jones Beach is a family favorite. Yesterday we took the cousins and stayed the day. We bring boogie boards, rashguard shirts, sunscreen, an umbrella, lunch and enjoy the sand and waves for as long as we can.

NYC Area Beaches

There are more NYC area beaches accessible by public transport, but this is a short list of the ones we like.

Jones Beach Boardwalk
Jones Beach Boardwalk

Jones Beach has 6.5 miles of beautiful white-sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean.  Even if you don’t have a car you can get to the beach through the LIRR and a shuttle bus.  Fields 4 & 6 stay open to September 20th for those of you wanting to hang on to summer as long as possible.

Surfing Rockaway Beach
Surfing Rockaway Beach

Jacob Riis Park Beach in The Rockaways is about a 30 minute subway ride from Manhattan and is kept clean, thanks to the National Park Service. After Hurricane Sandy, more than $140 million was invested to repair and restore Rockaway Beach. As part of this work, intact sections of boardwalk were repaired, damaged beach buildings were renovated with new boardwalk islands constructed around them, public restrooms and lifeguard stations were installed to replace destroyed facilities, and interim shoreline protection and anti-erosion measures were created. Did you know it’s NYC surfer’s beach?

Cedar Grove Beach
Cedar Grove Beach Photographer: Malcolm Pinckney

Great Kills Park in Staten Island is a little less well known so the beaches are less crowded and more private.Great Kills Park is known for its four beaches: New Dorp Beach; Cedar Grove Beach (a great swimming beach); Oakwood Beach; and Fox Beach. The MTA will get you there, via the Staten Island Ferry.

All beaches are open through Sunday, September 13.

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