Outdoors & Recreation
Surf City: NYC's Best Beach Spots
by Heather Liang, 05/08/2013
Rockaway Beach photo by Marley White • Water Taxi Beach on Governors Island photo by Phil Kline
While a trip to the beach might not automatically spring to mind when many visitors plan their trips to NYC, 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 them easily accessible and unaffected by last fall's Hurricane Sandy—and those that were damaged are undergoing rapid restoration and facility upgrades. This guide, organized by borough, highlights the many public oases throughout New York City for anyone looking to escape and relax. 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, waterfront beer gardens and picnicking on Governors Island. The City's beaches are open beginning Memorial Day weekend and 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.