If you need to escape the city scene, venture to this sandy spot, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. "We're a pretty laid-back beach," one lifeguard tells us. "We have a very eclectic crowd here—all shapes, sizes and ethnicities." One tip: Bring your own food, since the concession stands aren't always open and there aren't restaurants close by.
Jacob Riis Park Beach
|Venue name:||Jacob Riis Park Beach||Contact:|
Rockaway Beach Blvd
|Cross street:||at Channel Dr|
|Opening hours:||Daily 9am–5pm|