Beaches to Visit In and Around NYC

If you’re in New York City, there’s plenty of summer fun to be had right in the city. But don’t forget you’re right in the middle of some of the most delightful beachfront on the Eastern seaboard. There are a number of beaches you should make a point to visit. They are a part of our cultural image, not only for their incredible natural beauty, but also for the many and varied activities that have come to be associated with them over the years.

Jones Beach

With almost seven miles of silky white sand, this strand on southern Long Island has much to offer everyone. Body surf, swim, walk the beach or work on your tan; the choice is yours. This beach also hosts a state of the art performing arts theater, where you can catch some great shows after you’ve had your full of the surf.

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September at Rockaway Beach NY (Photo credit: Stellas mom)

Rockaway Beach

This beach at the very south of Queens below Jamaica Bay boasts some great boardwalk attractions from shopping to snacks. It’s also the only NYC beach that offers a legitimate surfing opportunity. So bring your board and your appetite for adventure, and don’t worry about the picnic basket.

Coney Island

This American icon located in Brooklyn boasts more amusement parks than any other beachfront in the area. Come out to stroll, ride the roller coasters, and enjoy a Nathan’s Famous coney dog. As well, every Friday after dark, the park hosts a free fireworks display. So, visit the pier and see what surprises and thrills are waiting for you.

Brighton Beach

This beachfront lets visitors catch their collective breath after the fun and excitement of Coney Island. Part of the City’s Little Odessa neighborhood, this area boasts boardwalk attractions of authentic foods and beverages, as well as unique cultural encounters. Take a break from the frenetic pace of the city in this quiet, enchanting and family- friendly area.

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Deserted beach at Robert Moses State Park Category:Images of Fire Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Moses State Park

A little farther afield on Long Island, you’ll find this beach goer’s delight. You can swim, body surf, sunbathe or just stroll along and enjoy nature’s gifts (also seagulls). You could sit and watch the boats bobbing at their moorings or play a round of golf. Either way, this beach offers family-friendly relaxation just a short trip from the hectic pace of the City.

Governor’s Island

Just a short, free ferry ride from pier 6 on the East river, you’ll find more than sand and surf to amuse you. Complete with a stunning skyline view of Manhattan, this beach offers some fabulous venues, restaurants, and clubs to entertain all visitors. Craft beers and distinctive menus make this beach a fixed entry on anyone’s summer itinerary.

Orchard Beach

This is a portion of New York State parks dedicated to family fun and outdoor activities. With playgrounds, hiking trails and a golf course, if you tire of playing the beach bum, there’s plenty to do and see. So pack a picnic, or lunch with provisions from one of the many vendors and caf├ęs located nearby, and be prepared to enjoy yourself thoroughly.

South Street Seaport

Join the young and trendy for a drink or a game of pool at this summer hotspot at the southern tip of Manhattan. It caters to those who are seeking relaxation in the sun with a generous dash of great food and social activity.

South Beach

This little gem on Staten Island is one of the less hectic of NYC’s beaches. With its incredible pier and amazing restaurants, there’s room to grow while you go exploring among the shops.

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