The Best Beaches in New York City To Spend Time in The Sun

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The location of NYC near the Atlantic Ocean offers its residents a ton of beaches to explore & enjoy. Beaches in New York City are the best way to escape the summer heat. Most of them are a few hour's drive away and therefore are the best weekend destinations in the summer. Let’s take a look at the best beaches in New York City.

Here is the list of 21 The Best Beaches in New York City To Spend Time in The Sun

1. Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn,

Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn,
5.0 /5

Coney Island is the quintessential ‘Classic American’ beach located in Brooklyn and rightly finds itself near the top of the list of New York’s best beaches.

Timings:6 AM to 9 PM (From May end to September end) 

2. Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn,

Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn,
5.0 /5

Right by Coney Island is Manhattan Beach. Located on the southern end of Brooklyn in an upcoming neighbourhood, this beach is perfect for those looking to escape the crowds of Coney Island.

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM (From May end to September end)

3. Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island,

Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island,
5.0 /5

5 miles of soft, sandy coastline makes up the beaches of the Robert Moses State Park on Fire Island. The stretch is divided into 4 separate beach areas or ‘fields’, each having its own vibe and crowd.

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM (From May end to September end)

4. Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens,

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens,
5.0 /5

The Rockaway beach and boardwalk in Queens is the essential New York City beach. This majestic 5.5 mile beach and its adjoining boardwalk is one of the longest in the country and therefore has something for everyone.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM (From May end to September end)

5. The People's Beach at Jacob Riis Park, Queens,

The People's Beach at Jacob Riis Park, Queens,
4.0 /5

The beach at Jacob Riis Park in Queens, also called ‘The People’s Beach’, is one of the city’s oldest planned recreational beaches. Built in the 1930s and named after Jacob A. Riis, a noteworthy journalist and social reformer, the people’s beach still holds historic value and has been the site of activism ever since.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM (From May end to September end)

6. Jones Beach, long Island,

Jones Beach, long Island,
4.0 /5

Jones Beach, located on the south shore of Long Beach, is by far the most popular and heavily visited beach not just in New York but on the entire east coast.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM (From May end to September end)

7. Wolfe's Pond Beach,

Wolfe's Pond Beach,
4.0 /5

Wolf’s Pond beach is a hidden gem tucked away on Staten Island’s south shore. Part of the much larger Wolfe’s Pond Park, one of Staten Island’s largest parks, this beach attracts those looking to spend quiet time on the beach surrounded by nature

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM (From May end to September end)

8. Cedar Grove Beach,

Cedar Grove Beach,
3.5 /5

Cedar Grove Beach in Staten Island is the newest beach and has only been open to the public since 2011.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM (From May end to September end)

9. Orchard Beach, Bronx,

Orchard Beach, Bronx,
3.5 /5

Also known as the Bronx Riviera, Orchard Beach is the only public beach in the Bronx. For most parts of New York, this is the closest beach, making it very popular amongst locals.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM (From May end to September end)

10. Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk, Staten Island,

Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk, Staten Island,
3.5 /5

The 2.5 mile long Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk is one of the most spacious beach areas in New York City and consists of 2 beaches- South Beach on the North side of the boardwalk and Midland Beach towards the South.

Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM (From May end to September end)

11. Main Beach, East Hampton,

Main Beach, East Hampton,
3.0 /5

The main beach East Hampton is one of the five beaches of the village of East Hampton and is also very close to the Georgica & Wiborg beaches.

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM (From May end to September end)

12. Montauk, Long Island,

Montauk, Long Island,
3.0 /5

Montauk is a major tourist destination in Suffolk county, it's famous for miles of beautiful white gleaming sand & the spectacular 70 feet high cliffs overlooking the ocean.

Timings: 10 AM to 9 PM (From May end to September end)

13. Shelter Islands, Suffolk County,

Shelter Islands, Suffolk County,
3.0 /5

Shelter Island is a part of Long Island. You will have to take a ferry from Greenport to reach Long Island. Shelter Island is famous for its picturesque beaches, serene hiking trails and it serves as a perfect destination away from the city.

Timings: 9 AM to 8 PM (From May end to September end)

14. Asbury Park Beach, Jersey Shore,

Asbury Park Beach, Jersey Shore,
3.0 /5

It's a dog-friendly beach in Monmouth County, New Jersey. It's famous for its wide boardwalk with the shallow waters of the Atlantic on one side & bustling shops on the other.

Timings: 9 AM to 8 PM (From May end to September end)

15. Cherry Grove Beach,

Cherry Grove Beach,
3.0 /5

Cherry Grove Beach in Horry County, South Carolina is famous for its white sand and for being the most family-friendly beach in the entire New York City. It’s also very close to Myrtle beach(& significantly less crowded).

Timings: 7 AM to 8 PM (From May end to September end)

16. Gunnison Beach,

Gunnison Beach,
3.0 /5

It’s famous for being the only clothing-optional beach in New Jersey. On a cloudless day, you may even see the skyline of New York.

Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM (From May end to September end)

17. Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
4.0 /5

Brighton Beach, Brooklyn- Located in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, Brighton Beach is popularly called ‘Little Odessa’ due to its rich historical past of ex-soviet settlers.

18. Long Beach, Nassau County

Long Beach, Nassau County
4.0 /5

Located on the Long Beach Barrier Island, Long Beach offers the luxury of white sandy beaches to the beach lovers.

19. Sandy Hook, Jersey

Sandy Hook,  Jersey
4.0 /5

Sandy Hook, Gateway National Recreation Area, Jersey is situated in Monmouth County, Sandy Hook is a popular tourist destination with its ocean beaches and green spaces.

20. Fort Tilden Beach, Queens

Fort Tilden Beach, Queens
4.0 /5

Fort Tilden Beach, Queens is located in the New York City borough of Queens, Fort Tilden Beach still displays signs of its past as an old military site.

21. South Beach

South Beach
3.5 /5

South Beach is located on the East Shore of Staten Island, South Beach offers a long boardwalk of 2.5 miles and a scenic view of the Verrazano Bridge.

Above was the list of some of the best beaches in New York City, but doesn’t mean that these are the only one you are going to visit. There are many other beautiful beaches, some of them unexplored. Please comment below to let us know what was your favorite beach!

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