NYC’s best-kept secret and lifeguard-free three-mile stretch of clean sand, trees and grassy dunes is so isolated that even on a summer weekend you’ll get a good 50 yards of beach to yourself. Since Fort Tilden Beach is nearly inaccessible via subway or car (unless you have a fancy fishing license), we suggest biking there.
Get ready for another summer of fun in the sun!
Mayor de Blasio announced in April that NYC's pools and beaches would once again be open this summer after 2020's partial and delayed reopening. New York City beaches are now open for swimming and sunbathing.
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, a camping trip or just looking for ways to cool off or 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.
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