The Best Beaches In New York City
beach more, worry less
In my post about how to survive summer in New York City I touched upon the subject: heading to the beach. And since the warm weather has officially hit The City (the high will be 97 Fahrenheit/33 Celcius today), I thought we could talk a little more about where to beach (yes, that's a noun in my book), how to get there, and the cost. So without further due, let's head to the beach.
This one is a popular destination among New Yorkers, and will be pretty busy on the weekends. But it's a a wide beach and you'll often experience bigger waves here. Has a food court as well as vendors walking down the beach selling cold drinks and ice-cream. Daily pass $10 per person including parking.
How to get there: By car. 1 Ocean Parkway
Tip: Park by lot 2 or 4 to get to the main beach, lot no. 6 is good if you don't want to lay next to everyone else.
Known for its white sandy beaches and boardwalk, this is a great beach for a day-trip out of the city. It's easy to get here with the bus or by car, and you'll find a parking lot right by the boardwalk which offers food and drinks, bike rentals, and well as a very pretty walk up and down the beach. Daily pass $15 per person.
How to get there: Take the 824 bus from Penn Station towards Long Beach. Use your MetroCard, same price as subway.
Tip: Stay for a night at the charming Long Beach Hotel and head straight back to the beach the next day.
If you're up for a getaway to The Hamptons this beach is a very popular East Hampton ocean beach with lifeguards, snack bar, and bathroom.
Read more in my Hamptons Guide.
Get Beach Ready
Jacob Riis Park Beach
Up for a beach party? This is your place. Jacob Riis Park Beach of course has a beach, but the fun is by the food & drinks vendors, all the music events like campfire sing-alongs and karaoke, and then a little shopping on the historic boardwalk.
How to get there: take the B train to Atlantic Avenue Barclays Center, the 5 or 2 subway to Flatbush Avenue Station, and the Q-35 bus Marine Pky/Rockaway Point. Use your MetroCard.
Greenwich Point Park
And to my favorite beach - a private beach park in Connecticut. Since this is a private beach, it's made a bit difficult to get in for single pass visitors, but it's definitely possible and so worth it. Smaller beach with pavilions for guests who like shade, low water, food & drinks bar, and bathrooms.
How to get there: By car. Greenwich Point Park, 7 Tods Driftway
Price: $7 per person + $35 for parking your car - can be bought at Eastern Greenwich Civic Center Mon-Fri 9AM-6PM. Read more here.