Outdoors & Recreation
Surf City: NYC's Best Beach Spots
by Heather Liang, 05/14/2014 [Updated 05/13/2015]
New York Aquarium photo by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS • Coney Island photo by Alexander Thompson
While a trip to the beach might not automatically spring to mind when many visitors plan their trips to New York City, it's actually one of the most enjoyable, authentic and affordable experiences you can have during a summertime stay. The City boasts 14 miles of beaches, the majority of which are easily accessible by public transportation, and we've organized these urban oases by borough for our handy guide to NYC sands. While Staten Island and Brooklyn remain the most beach-rich boroughs, Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens all have something special to bring to the table—including fishing spots, waterfront beer gardens and picnicking escapes on Governors Island. The City's beaches are open beginning Memorial Day weekend, and they close on Labor Day; lifeguards are on duty 10am–6pm during the season. Read on for more details and information on what to do and see at some of NYC's best sand-and-surf destinations.
Due to ongoing restoration efforts, parts of some beaches may be closed. Be sure to check nyc.gov/parks for updates.