The New York area is an exceptionally popular area for tourists, and there are a huge number of beaches located in the area. Most of the beaches in the area are open between nine in the morning to five at night. During this time there are lifeguards on duty, and swimming is not allowed when they are not present. The beaches in the area are all well stocked, and will usually be accompanied by a boardwalk.
Let’s take a look at some of the best:
Fire Island, Long Island
Fire Island is a long thin island that acts as a protective barrier to the south side of Long Island. Fire Island is almost entirely a resort community. It is possible to rent hotels on the island, and many persons like to rent houses for the weekend. Fire Island’s beach is over ten miles long, and unlike the other beaches in the tri-state area it is open all year round. During the summer months the beaches are open between nine and five. During the winter months there are no guards on duty, and the water will be cold enough to require protective gear. There is also a long boardwalk that connects with Fire Island’s main road. The area can be reached by regular ferries that drive the mile distance from Long Island. The ferries travel about every fifteen minutes, and so you will not need to make plans.
Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Sandy Hook beach is located very close to Manhattan, but has the feel of an isolated seaside town. It is possible to travel directly to Sandy Hook by simply taking Seastreak Ferry. The ferry takes multiple trips every day, and it is possible to get the departure times by looking on Seastreak’s website. Sandy Hook is located on a small peninsula with beaches that extend for seven miles around it. The beaches are open between nine and five, and it is possible to explore the boardwalk late into the evening. Sandy Hook also has a large number of trails for hiking and bicycling. The area also contains the historical Sandy Hook lighthouse.
Long Branch, New Jersey
Long Branch is a popular beach that is located on the northern part of New Jersey. Long Branch is an exceptionally popular beach resort that attracts persons from the tri-state area. The beach is free to go to, but you will have to pay for parking. It is possible to purchase season parking pass for forty-five dollars, and if you are a student you can get one for thirty when you show a student ID card from any college in the tri-state area. It is also possible to get a daily parking pass for between five and ten dollars depending on how close the beach you want to park. The beach has a small boardwalk that has a couple of small swimming pools around it. The boardwalk offers food and drinks, and it is lit at night. The boardwalk is open until ten in the evening during the summer. During the winter months the beach is closed.
South Beach, Staten Island
South Beach is one of the smaller parks located on Staten Island. The park has a fairly long boardwalk, and has several small carnival rides on it. The park is well known for having a lot of free space, and it is usually easy to get a nice place to swim. The park is also located near Blue Heron Park, which offers a chance to explore marshland. South Beach is free to go to, but if you want to rent a canoe you will have to pay for it. The Beach is open for the standard hours of ten to five.
Rockaway Beach, Queens
Rockaway Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the New York area. It is also one of the few beaches that are open year round, and it closes down at seven in the evening as opposed to the usually five o’clock closing time of the other beaches in the area. The area has a lot of waves, and it is a very well-known surfing destination. Rockaway Beach has a long boardwalk, and is one of the most well equipped beaches in the New York City area. The beach has baseball fields, volleyball courts, barbecue areas, a skate park, showers, handball courts, and roller hockey courts. This means that you will always be able to find something to do at Rockaway Beach. The beach is free to go to, and is very highly recommended.
Long Beach, Long Island
Long Beach is one of the largest beaches located on Long Island. The beach is over ten miles long, and has a boardwalk all the way along it. The boardwalk is filled with shops that offer persons the chance to buy snacks and souvenirs. The boardwalk also has places where you can get full sized meals. Persons who go to Long Beach will be able to enjoy a lot of open space, sand, and a huge area to swim. The park has a skating area, and bicycles are allowed on the boardwalk. Dogs on a leash are allowed in certain parts of the boardwalk, and it is possible to have your dog play in the sand and water.
Jacob Riis Park Beach, Queens
Jacob Riis Park Beach is one of two beaches located in the Great National Recreation. It is located near the edge of the park, and so it is easy to get to. The park contains a boardwalk, and is open from nine in the morning till five at night. The park is closed after dark, and the closure include access to the park’s beach. The park is free to go to.
Great Kills Park, Staten Island
Great Kills Park is part of the Great National Recreation Area, which is a 580 acre wildlife preserve located on Staten Island. The park contains a beach that is located inside of a nearly circular harbor. The park is open from nine in the morning to four thirty in the evening. The park is free, but you need a permit for fishing and private boating. The park also holds a large number of community events, and has extensive biking trails.
Cooper’s Beach, Southampton
Cooper’s Beach is located in Southampton Village. It one of the few beaches in the area that are open to the public. The beach is open from nine in the morning to seven in the evening. In order to go to Cooper’s Beach you will need to pay a mandatory forty dollar car parking fee. It also costs ten dollars to rent a beach chair, and fifteen for an umbrella.
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Coney Island is one of the most popular beaches in New York. The island offers swimming from ten to six, but generally the waters are crowed. Coney Island has a long boardwalk. There are a number of carnival rides, and the newly built New York Aquarium. It is also possible to see a baseball game, and go ice skating at nearby locations.
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
Brighton Beach is a small beach that is located near the Russian speaking part of Southern Brooklyn. The beach is located near transportation to Coney Island, and offers excellent swimming. The beach has a small board walk, food, and a couple of small rides. The beach is open for swimming from ten in the morning to six in the evening. The boardwalk is open from one to five in the afternoon. Certain parts of the beach are regularly closed to swimming. The area is located in a very Russian community, and is sometimes referred to as Little Odessa. This means that you will have the chance to eat a lot of eastern European foods.
Jones Beach, Long Island
Jones Beach is the largest beach on New York’s main island. The beach is six and a half miles long, has a two mile long boardwalk, and two swimming pools. The beach is open to the public for free, and its hours are between dawn and dusk. However, swimming is only open from ten to six, and bicycles and skateboards are only allowed on the boardwalk from five to ten in the evening.