The streets are heating up as the summer of New York rolls on. Luckily, we’ve made a list of 6 New York beaches for your next destination to beat the heat.
The great thing about NYC is that you can make these last-minute day trips or book a hotel room in advance. In other words, you have options! If you’re looking for more than beach getaways, then take a quick peek back at a previous blog we posted: 14 Things To Do In NYC When It’s Warm Outside.
There are many beaches you can explore in New York, here are 6 to get you started.
1. Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach is a great day-trip destination when you’re looking for a mini escape from the city. You can walk the boardwalk, sunbathe, and dip in the Atlantic when the sun gets too hot to handle. Brighton Beach is home to one of the largest Eastern European communities in New York and it’s reflected in the restaurants that populate the area. NYC’s official guide to planning your day trip to Brighton Beach can be found here.
2. Coney Island
Coney Island is widely known for its annual 4th of July Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest. But it’s also a great destination if you want something fun to do oceanside. A quick train ride will drop you off at this iconic seaside amusement park that rests on 3 miles of beaches. Ride the rides, visit the aquarium, grab a hot dog, and enjoy the people watching that comes along with it. Coney Island leans more on the crowded side, so read up on it here and here to see all it has to offer.
3. Jones Beach State Park
Another world-famous NY beach is Jones Beach, located on the south shore of Long Island. Its 6.5 miles of soft, sandy beach offer you a vacation away from the city for a day. If you’re looking for relaxation, this is worth the fare to Long Island. Outside of sunbathing and swimming, there are great restaurants, mini golf, and a concert venue as well. You can find all the information you need to make this day trip happen here.
4. Long Beach
Long Beach is an easy destination via the LIRR from Penn Station. After your short train ride, a day pass is all you need to enjoy this beautiful Long Island beach. They are also offering a free summer concert series on the beach which is worth sticking around for before riding back to The Webster Apartments.
5. Rockaway Beach
Another great day trip destination is Rockaway Beach! Rockaway Beach is the only legal surfing beach in New York, so if you’re looking to ride the waves, this is where you want to be. Immortalized in the Ramones 1977 song, ‘Rockaway Beach’, you can see what the buzz is all about when you visit this fun Queens, NY beach. If you’d like to plan ahead, then check out this Time Out guide to Rockaway Beach.
6. Fire Island
Fire Island is a beautiful and serene destination that will entice you to stay for more than a day. There are many hotels on the island, but you will want to be sure to book ahead of time. You can explore your options for hotels and package deals here. One of the many appeals of Fire Island is that it’s a ‘car-free paradise’. Truly an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can start planning your vacation to paradise here and here.
Which Beach Suits You Best?
These are only 6 of the many beaches New York has to offer. In fact, there are over 14 miles of beach in New York City alone, so you have many options.
If you don’t mind travel time, then head out to the Hamptons or even take a trip to New Jersey and visit the legendary Asbury Park beach.
Good news – you have a ton of beaches to choose from when it gets hot! Which of these 6 New York beaches would you choose for your next destination?