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    Seaside in New York: the best beaches accessible from Manhattan

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    In the myriad of attractions, sparkling lights and towering skyscrapers that the city of New York can offer, one can forget that the Big Apple is a city that stands on sea. So just get out of Manhattan a bit to find yourself walking on the coasts overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

    Le New York beaches they are frequented above all by locals who flock to the coast on summer weekends to relax and cool off, but there are many tourists who choose to take a day trip to breathe a different atmosphere than usual.

    Go to Long Island and stroll through the exclusive ones Hamptons, or take a tour of the Coney Island funfair it can therefore be a recommended choice especially if in your itinerary you do not have time to devote to more exotic destinations such as Florida but you do not want to miss the sound of the waves (if instead you plan to make a jump from Manhattan to the West Coast, read our guide on how organize a trip from New York to California).


    • Long Island
      • The Hamptons
      • Jones beach
      • Long Beach
    • Coney Island
    • Brighton beach
    • Rockaway Beach (Queens)
    • Orchard Beach (Bronx)
    • South Beach (Staten Island)
    • Accomodation

    Long Island

    A real peninsula that contains many famous towns and beaches with kilometer-long coasts that seem to never end. For this reason we have decided to report only the most famous places and beaches that alone can be worth at least one day trip.

    The Hamptons

    One of the most exclusive areas of New York outside of Manhattan: it is in the Hamptons that there are some of the most expensive villas in the whole state (and perhaps also in the whole United States). It is located on the eastern tip of Long Island in the South Fork area and owes its name to the fact that most towns have the suffix Hampton at the end of their toponym.

    In this area there are numerous beaches but two in particular must be reported since every year they are constantly included in the various lists that decree the Top Ten Beaches in America.

    Cooper’s Beach (Southampton)

    A long stretch of white sand will welcome you to Cooper Beach. The main entrance is called Southampton Village Coopers Beach where there is a large car park which however has a not very cheap rate ($ 40 for a day) so the advice is to come here if you intend to stay at least half a day. day and not to do a hit and run.

    Along the coast it is not uncommon to see charming villas of the lucky ones who can afford accommodation at these latitudes.

    How to reach it: Uncomfortable to reach by public transport (the station stop is located in the city of Southampton), it can therefore be reached more comfortably by car. However, allow for almost two hours of travel.

    Main Beach (East Hampton)

    Locals call this the best beach you can go to. If it seems an exaggerated judgment to you, you just have to go and check for yourself. It is large enough to never be too crowded which will allow you to enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean in complete tranquility.

    Unlike the previous one, parking here is slightly cheaper ($ 30 for a day). Beware, however, that places for non-residents are very limited on weekends.

    How to reach it: like the previous beach it is very inconvenient to reach by public transport (the station is located in East Hampton). If you use the car, consider more than two hours of travel.

    “Meet me in Montauk…”

    This is a little curiosity: at the bottom of the Long Island peninsula it is located Montauk, a small town that has become very famous thanks to the cult film of Gondry "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind“, Pitifully translated into Spanish with the title“ If you leave me I will delete you ”.

    If you've always wondered where the beautiful beach that frames many moments in Joel and Clementine's love story well, now you know: it should be the Umbrella Beach (better known as Kirk Park Beach), about two miles away from Montauk station, where Joel's train arrives (you will recognize it as soon as you see it).

    In the immediate surroundings of the beach there is also the Plaza Restaurant, another unforgettable location of the film, today Tacombi Montauk (752 Montauk Hwy, Montauk). Finally, a gem: if you want to see the house where the two protagonists have the decisive appointment, follow these coordinates.

    How to reach it: Take a LIRR train to Montauk Station on Edgemere Street & Fort Pond Road Want to find out more? If you'd like to get to this area and visit it, don't miss our in-depth study on what to see in the Hamptons and how to get there from New York.

    Jones beach

    Jones Beach State Park's shoreline is particularly popular as hordes of New Yorkers and hot tourists flock to it every summer in search of refreshment (it is estimated that at least 10 million visitors come to these latitudes every summer). year).

    The symbol of this beach is the Jones Beach Water Tower whose architecture deliberately refers to the bell tower of San Marco in Venice. The beach is divided into sectors, called fields, each of which has a parking area specially dedicated to the various needs of visitors. We go from that for nudists to that for surfers to get to that for fishermen.

    How to reach it: Using public transport you can take a train from Penn Station and get off at Freeport. From here you need to use a bus (NICE Bus) to reach Jones Beach.

    The place is known for hosting the spectacular as well Jones Beach Theater overlooking the Zachs Bay where many concerts are held every year. If you want you can check the upcoming events and maybe decide to listen to your favorite artist in this suggestive location by clicking on the link below.

    Cerca un evento al Jones Beach Theater

    Long Beach

    Perhaps the most popular beach by New Yorkers by far also thanks to the fact that it is one of the most convenient to reach by public transport as the Long Beach station can be reached in about an hour from Penn Station thanks to the line Long island rail road (LIRR).

    Despite the crowds, the beaches are still clean and dotted with beach volleyball courts. The only negative note is that to access the beach you have to pay an entrance fee of about 12 dollars.

    How to reach it: use the LIRR from Penn Station to Long Beach Station.

    Coney Island

    Perhaps the most famous beach in New York. The Luna Park of Coney Island it has been immortalized in numerous blockbuster films and its shoreline has now become one of the many instantly recognizable symbols of the Big Apple.

    Precisely for these reasons we have dedicated an in-depth article entirely dedicated to Coney Island and its many attractions.

    Brighton beach

    More than a coast in its own right, we can consider it an extension of Coney Island. Also known as Little Russia o Little Odessa because of the Russian community that has settled in these parts over the years. So don't be surprised if around you you will see the signs of the places written in Cyrillic, especially in the area near the subway bridge.

    In general it is less crowded than nearby Coney Island, so it may be more recommended if you want to enjoy some sea life without too many people around. Do not miss a portion of fried fish in one of the many places that crowd the vicinity of the seafront.

    How to reach it: you can easily use the underground line B or Q getting off at the Brighton Beach stop of the same name.

    Rockaway Beach (Queens)

    The sun is out and I want some
    It’s not hard, not far to reach,
    we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach

    The beach where Dee Dee Ramone preferred to spend her days which she immortalized in the song of the same name on the Rocket To Russia album. It is one of the most popular beaches among surfers who travel here to try to dominate the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 is fortunately only a memory now. Advising a precise point to go to is a difficult task since it is one of the longest beaches in New York (we are talking about over 10 km). The characteristic Rockaway Beach Surf Club it is the perfect place to eat tacos and drink beer surrounded by constant references to the world of surfing.

    How to reach it: the advantage of Rockaway Beach is that it can be easily reached by subway line A which has its terminus at Rockaway Park Station - Beach 116 Street.

    Orchard Beach (Bronx)

    Known for being the "New York City Riviera" it is the only public beach in the Bronx. It has the characteristic of not overlooking the Atlantic Ocean but the canal Long Island Sound.

    It is part of the Pelham bay park where nature still reigns supreme and can therefore be the perfect solution for those who want to alternate the beach with some regenerating strolls surrounded by greenery.

    How to reach it: you can use the underground line 6 up to Pelham Bay Park Station from which you will then have to use the BX 29 bus.

    South Beach (Staten Island)

    If you want to combine the experience of a beautiful beach with the thrill of seeing the Manhattan skyline as if it were a real cruise then you can consider going to South Beach on Staten Island. The connections by sea between Battery Park and the island are very frequent and above all free and will allow you to admire the Statue of Liberty in all its beauty. Once disembarked, you will have to take a bus to the beach.

    Once you reach the coast you can reach the Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier, which is one of the longest in New York, and walking along the boardwalk you can take beautiful photos of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

    How to reach it: once you reach the St. George Ferry Terminal you can use one of the many buses including the S51 or S52 that take you to South Beach.

    Undecided on which beach is right for you? Then you can do this quiz designed by the official website of NYC Parks which, once completed, will propose you the coast most relevant to your personal tastes.


    Most tourists who visit New York for the first time rarely find time to stay near these seaside resorts, and mostly choose to do a proper "touch and run”In the day and then return to Manhattan to sleep. If you are part of this category, the suggestion is to read our tips on where to sleep in New York.

    If, on the other hand, you want to find accommodation on Long Island that allows you to enjoy the New York sea with more tranquility for a few days, without being in a hurry to return to Manhattan, the recommended area is certainly that of the Hamptons. As we have mentioned it is a very exclusive place, but the fact remains that some solutions with good value for money can be found even during the summer months.

    Look for accommodation in the Hamptons

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