Note: Although New York City beaches are open to the public as of July 1, 2020, specific rules are in place: beach-goers are advised to only visit with members of their immediate household, everyone must keep six feet away from others while swimming or on the boardwalk, blankets and chairs must be at least 10 feet apart from each other, group activities are discouraged and mask wearing is encouraged if not able to properly social distance. Read more about it all right here.
A visit to one—if not all—of the best beaches NYC has to offer is needed when temperatures become hot and sticky. Whether you’re planning weekend getaways or looking for ways to cool off or things to do in the summer with friends, these beaches in New York are a quick subway, ferry or bus trip away. If you have a car and want to venture further out, we’ve also included off-the-beaten-track sandy shores that are less than two hours away. In regular times, the city-run, NYC beaches are open for swimming starting Memorial Day weekend through early September.
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