New York City Beaches

We have just enjoyed the sun in the past Independence Day weekend. It will be great fun to enjoy the beaches not far from the city center. Access to all New York City beaches is free.

Please note that Swimming is only permitted when a lifeguard is on duty, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

1. Coney Island Beach - Brooklyn

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: D, F, N, Q at Coney Island - Stillwell Ave

2. Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk - Queens

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 Beach 67 St or a transfer to S (Shuttle) from Board Channel

3. Jacob Riis Park - Queens

This beach is among the cleaner NYC area beaches. Facilities are somewhat limited, though there are attended bathrooms and some vending available.

4. Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach - Staten Island

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

5. Brighton Beach - Brooklyn

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

6. Great Kills Park - Staten Island

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

7. Manhattan Beach Park - Brooklyn

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

8. Orchard Beach and Promenade - The Bronx

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.

Subway Directions: Take the 6 line to its last stop, Pelham Bay Park and take the bus

9. Breezy Point Beach - Queens

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

10. Wolfe's Pond Beach - Staten Island

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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