It’s no secret that New York City is a hub for culture and cuisine. What you might be surprised to learn is that it has some excellent beaches too.
New York City gets a little too cold for the beach in the winter, but in the summer months, the city’s beaches become a hotspot for locals and visitors alike.
Whether you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply hoping to work on your tan, here are a few New York City beaches we recommend checking out when the weather is warm.
Jacob Riis Park is an oceanfront beach popularly known as the “people’s beach.” The beach is located within the Gateway National Recreation Area. Named after the famous photographer Jacob Riis, the beach is renowned for its artistic bathhouse.
Jacob Riis Park is not just a beach but a hub for entertainment, food, and shopping. It even has a golf course!
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk is the largest beach around, covering five and a half miles of shoreline. The beach comes with legal surfing perks and easy transport access via train. Access via the Rockaway shuttle makes it more popular and crowded on the weekends.
Despite its size and popularity, the beach is also fairly clean. It is also surrounded by tasty food options and lots of opportunities for sports and parties.
Located within Queen’s Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Tilden State Park is perfect for a peaceful weekend getaway with an atmosphere that is both vibrant and serene.
That being said, this beach has no lifeguards, so swim at your own risk. It also lacks a bathroom, so factor that into your visit!
Brighton Beach is known for being slightly quieter than many other NYC-area beaches, but it’s still crowded on weekends and holidays. It has small cafes and eateries and also hosts a range of live entertainment.
Brighton Beach lives up to its nickname of “Little Odessa” with a prevalence of Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European businesses nearby.
Coney Island is known for its boardwalk and carnival rides—but it also has a beautiful beach.
Coney Island Beach is a great spot for sunbathing, swimming, and eating food from classic American hotdogs to adventurous international far. Its famous local bar Ruby’s Bar and Grill, which has been open since 1934, adds to its popularity.