Outdoors & Recreation
Surf City: NYC's Best Beach Spots
by Heather Liang, 05/08/2013
Beekman Beer Garden. Photo: Bennet Raglin/Wireimage
While Manhattan doesn't officially have any natural beaches to speak of, there are beach-like alternatives and some of the most relaxing outdoor oases imaginable in which to enjoy the warm weather in the City. One of New York City's most intriguing spaces, Governors Island is accessible solely on weekends during the summer via a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan and showcases some of the most spectacular views of the City skyline that you will ever see. The list of things to do at this former military outpost is almost endless; from cycling to picnicking to enjoying the plethora of free cultural programming that takes place here, including concerts and art exhibitions. Back in Manhattan, downtown haven Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club sits in the South Street Seaport area where Water Taxi Beach used to be. Dig your feet into actual sand while you sip a beverage, partake in a game of Ping-Pong and take in the breathtaking views of the Brooklyn Bridge at this outdoor restaurant and bar. Looking for something similar uptown? La Marina, a sprawling restaurant/bar on the Hudson River in Inwood near the northern tip of Manhattan with a club-like vibe, offers a sandy expanse where you can play Ping-Pong or a pickup game of volleyball or simply savor a cocktail on one of its comfy, canopied lounge chairs. Further south on the Hudson, the West 79th Street Boat Basin is a marina located at a shore in Riverside Park. While there's no sandy beach here, the Boat Basin Café is a popular after-work destination to grab some grub and a drink and view the sunset over New Jersey.