New York City Area Beaches

It's easy to make your own beach escape from New York City

Amidst all the skyscrapers, it can be easy to forget that Manhattan is an island and New York City is surrounded by water, which means there are a number of options for beach-going. This list includes beaches that are located within New York City, as well as nearby.

Access to all New York City beaches is free. Swimming is only permitted when a lifeguard is on duty, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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    Coney Island Beach
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    Home to the famous Mermaid Parade (every June) this beach is a "must-see." The Original Nathan's hotdog stand is located just off the boardwalk. There are also freak shows and carnival rides nearby when you get tired of relaxing in the sand.

    Beach Address: Surf Ave at Atlantic Shore, Brooklyn NY (718)946-1350
    Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm from Memorial Day - Labor Day
    Nearest Subway: B, D, F, N, R at Stillwell Ave-Coney Island; D, F at W 8th St

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    Rockaway Beach
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    Rockaway Beach is one of the best beaches located within New York City limits. It is also New York City's only surfing beach, with two separate stretches for surfing, as well as a boardwalk.

    Beach Address: Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 1st St., Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th St., Neponsit
    Beach Phone: 718-318-4000
    Subway to Beach: A train to Broad Channel
    Ferry to Beach: New York Beach Ferry

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    Jacob Riis Lifeguard and Bathhouse
    ••• Jacob Riis Lifeguard and Bathhouse. Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

    This beach is among the cleaner NYC area beaches and has a topless / clothing-optional area. Facilities are somewhat limited, though there are attended bathrooms and some vending available.

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach in Staten Island
    ••• Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach in Staten Island. Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

    The Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach spans 2.5 miles in the South Beach and Midland Beach neighborhoods of Staten Island.

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    Brighton Beach offers visitors a spacious beach with a boardwalk, just a short distance from the more hectic Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk.

    Brightwater Ave. Brooklyn NY 718-946-1350
    Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm from Memorial Day - Labor Day
    Nearest Subway: B or Q to Brighton Beach

    More: Brighton Beach Rules

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    Great Kills Park in Staten Island is home to four beaches: New Dorp Beach; Cedar Grove Beach; Oakwood Beach; and Fox Beach.

    Beach Address: Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue, Staten Island NY 718-351-6970
    Lifeguard hours: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm from Memorial Day - Labor Day
    Bus Directions: S76, S86 to Oakwood Beach to Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue

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    Beach Address: On Atlantic Ocean, Oriental Blvd., from Ocean Avenue to Mackenzie Street, Brooklyn NY 718-946-1373
    Bus Directions: B1 from Brighton
    Subway Directions: Q to Sheepshead Bay Road. B49 to Cheapside to Oriental and Hastings Street

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    Beach Address: Located in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, Orchard Beach and Long Island Sound, Bronx, NY
    Beach Phone: 718-885-3273
    Bus Directions: Bx12 & Bx5 go to Orchard Beach in the summer. In the Winter, take the Bx29 to the City Island Circle and walk to the beach.
    Subway Directions: Take the 6 line to its last stop, Pelham Bay Park and take the bus

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    Breezy Point Beach is a private beach in Queens, but you can access it from Fort Tilden Beach in the Rockaways.

    Beach Address: Rockaway Point Blvd Breezy Point, NY 11697

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    Located in Wolfe's Pond Park, visitors to this Staten Island Beach will enjoy the option to explore the nearby wildlife preserve and open space of the park as well as the beach.

    Beach Address: Raritan Bay and Prince's Bay, Holton to Cornelia Avenues in Staten Island NY
    Beach Phone: 718-984-8266
    Lifeguard Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am-6 pm
    Beach Directions:

    • Bus: #78 to Tottenville to Cornelia/Highland Blvd and walk up Cornelia
    • Subway: Staten Island Transit to the Hugenot Avenue stop and walk down toward Highland Boulevard
    • Parking Lot: Free
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    Located on Long Island's South Shore, Coopers Beach can often be seen on "Best Beach" lists.

    Beach Address: Cooper Neck Rd. Southampton, NY 11968 631-283-6011
    Parking permit required in summer season

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    One of the most famous New York area beaches, Jones Beach has six-miles of ocean beach and a Boardwalk. Just about all the beach amenities you'd want are available, including lockers, chairs, a swimming pool, as well as mini-golf, shuffleboard and more. The Jones Beach amphitheater hosts concerts throughout the summer.

    Beach Address: Ocean Parkway Wantagh, NY 11793 (516)785-1600
    Directions to Beach from NYC:
    Parking fees:
    $8-10/day

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    This beach is a personal favorite of mine. There is ample free parking along the beach and it's easily accessible by train. There is a $12 charge to access the beach for adults and children 13 and over, but Boardwalk access is free and in my opinion, the clean beach and soft sand are well worth the price.

    Train to Long Beach: Long Island Railroad to Long Beach Station

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    This East Hampton beach often makes "Best Beach" lists making it very popular. Non-resident permits are not easy to come by, so make sure to apply early in the season if you want to spend time at Main Beach.

    Beach Address: Ocean Avenue, East Hampton, NY 11937 (631)283-601

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    Robert Moses State Park - Long Island

    Long Island Babylon, NY 11072 (631) 669-0470
    Hours: Open Year-Round, Sunrise to Sunset
    Directions: 48 miles from Manhattan, via Southern State Parkway to Robert Moses Causeway (exit 40), south to Park at western end of Fire Island

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    Orient Beach State Park

    Orient, NY 11957 (631) 323-2440
    Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
    Swimming season opens in late June and continues to early September.
    Directions: 118 miles from Manhattan on the north shore via Long Island Expressway (Route 495) east to the end, then Route 25 east to the Park.

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    Wildwood State Park

    North Wading River Road Wading River, NY 11792 (631) 929-4314 Directions: 73 miles from Manhattan. Long Island Expressway to exit 68. North on Route 46, to Route 25A east. Left onto Sound Avenue - left at traffic light onto Hulse Landing Road. Park entrance is on the right.