The Best Beaches In New York City

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. 

Jones 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. 

Long Beach

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. 

Main Beach

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. 

Coney Island

This beach is not only for the tanners, is also offers courts for beach volleyball, handball, and basketball as well as playgrounds and amusement rides. Has WiFi hotspots, showers, bathrooms, and food & drinks vendors. 

How to get there: D, F, N or Q train towards Coney Island, get off at Stillwell Avenue stop. 

Tip: Why not jump for a ride on the famous roller coaster at Luna Park, Cyclone, built in 1927. Although I'm not a fan of rollercoasters, it was so much fun. $10

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