The Most Idyllic Beach Settings Near New York City

The Most Idyllic Beach Settings Near New York City

If you are a complete newbie when it comes to New York City, you are probably blissfully unaware that NYC has some of the most stunning beaches on America’s east coast on its doorstep. These beaches are the perfect getaway from city life when temperatures get unbearably humid and sticky.

At this time of the year, most people will be planning their trips to NYC’s Flushing Meadows to catch a glimpse of the leading contenders to win the men’s US Open, or a romantic stay near Central Park in time for the festive season. But not enough visitors to New York are aware of the tranquil, sandy beaches within reach of the hustle and bustle of the “Big Apple”. Let’s take a look at some of the hidden gems of the beach scene in the state of New York.

Jones Beach

You’ll find this six-mile-long stretch of beach on Long Island and it’s a veritable Aladdin’s cave, offering fun for all the family. There’s the Jones Beach Theater which attracts global superstars to its shores each summer, as well as plenty of public games like shuffleboard, beach volleyball and the sea itself to enjoy. The nearby park is also well worth spending an afternoon in, with its Art Deco-influenced architecture and imposing water tower reminiscent of Italy.

Long Beach

Hurricane Sandy devastated the Long Beach region, but its iconic two-mile-long boardwalk has been recently redeveloped, helping to breathe new life into this iconic beach. It’s so easy to get here, with just a single 50-minute train journey from Manhattan taking you to a laid-back paradise. There’s lots of good surf at Long Beach too and if cleanliness is your thing, it ticks all the right boxes too given its recent award as one of the cleanest U.S. beaches by the National Resources Defense Council.

Montauk Peninsula

If you are prepared to travel to find the most idyllic beach spots from NYC, head right to the end of Long Island’s South Fork and you’ll discover the gorgeous Montauk peninsula. This unspoilt beach is becoming a surfer’s hidden gem, with plenty of great waves, as well as many undeveloped nature trails to explore. Just make sure that you get there as early as possible in the morning if you want a good beach spot among the surfers.

Jacob Riis Park Beach

For some time Jacob Riis Park Beach has been in the shadows of nearby Rockaway Beach, underappreciated and unloved. However, the people of New York are rapidly having a change of opinion. Jacob Riis Park has had a new lease of life thanks to the new Beach Bazaar, housing plenty of great street food and live entertainment. There’s also a nearby golf course and its access to NYC’s public transport network also makes it increasingly popular with the locals.