Gateway National Recreation Area

Jacob Riis Park

Breezy Point, Rockaway Park
  • Jeffrey Z.
    "... reach by subway, but NYC Beach Bus has cheap R/T fares from Williamsburg."(4 Tips)
    Lauren L.
    "It picks up passengers in Williamsburg & at Barclays Center."(3 Tips)
    Dominick C.
    "... main structure is the gay friendly beach."(2 Tips)
    JM P.
    "Once there, head West towards Fort Tilden area for a quieter spot"(2 Tips)
80 Tips and reviews
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  • Justin F.
    Justin FerrantiSeptember 27
    Best free local beach to Manhattan. Turns a bit gay & topless at the north end of the beach
  • Margarita R.
    Everything you meet ppl that are local n their others that are friendly
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxSeptember 7
    Once there, head West towards Fort Tilden area for a quieter spot
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDAugust 28
    Perfect beach to help kill the weekend
  • Matthew F.
    Very gay place in the summertime. Beautiful beach!
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Walter F.
    Walter FordeAugust 21
    Would not go back there. Pay 10.00 to park, then walk 2 blocks to beach. NO WAY
  • Brooke C.
    Brooke Cerda GuzmànAugust 13
    Been here 5+ times
  • Gilbert W.
    Get there early during the week, nearly empty! Pay $10 and park further in past the handball courts, that will put you near the food stand!!
  • Michele H.
    You can go topless and work on no tan lines here
  • Michele H.
    Early morning is so peaceful
  • Mike N.
    NYC's best beach
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SolorzanoJuly 14
    Been here 5+ times
    Used to be the best beach, clean and quiet until the hipsters came. Ugh.
  • Jeffrey Z.
    Isolated, uncrowded beach with nude, nude gay, and trans sections. Impossible to reach by subway, but NYC Beach Bus has cheap R/T fares from Williamsburg.
  • Martha
    MarthaJuly 10
    massive beach.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Jacob Riis Park is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, with history that dates back to 1912. Read more
  • Yifan H.
    Yifan HuJune 24
    Restrooms, lifeguards, beautiful sea and beaches.
  • Brownstone Living NYC
    Excellent park and beach. The surrounding communities are a great place to staycation for busy New Yorkers or the adventurous urban explorer. A delightful urban retreat with breathtaking views.
  • Brian M.
    What's with all the litter? Sigh.
  • Michelle C.
    Decent beach with lots of food options. Get there in the morning for a better spot. NYC Beach Bus is a great travel option for the 21+ young adult crowd.
  • Kelsey G.
    Kelsey GOctober 29, 2015
    So peaceful to visit during the fall/winter months. Stop by Wild Feast for a hot cider drink before heading home
  • Jake S.
    Jake SimmsSeptember 6, 2015
    Love this place, but if you aren't lugging a bunch of stuff and have food, move north to ft tildon
  • Tim H.
    Tim HettlerSeptember 1, 2015
    Avoid the usual beach crowds at this away-from-the-subway location. NYC Beach Bus offers cheap round trips from Williamsburg.
  • New York D.
    New York Dog NannyAugust 19, 2015
    Cleanest waters.
  • Anna A.
    Anna AbeliansAugust 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    beach. surf.
  • Anna A.
    Anna AbeliansJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there before the hipsters do. geez
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughJuly 9, 2015
    Great beach. Plenty of room even on a busy day.
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LaCapraMay 26, 2015
    You can take NYC Beach Bus to & from Riis. (Public transit takes forever!) It picks up passengers in Williamsburg & at Barclays Center. $14 roundtrip or $10 one-way.
  • Pixie D.
    Pixie DeeJanuary 29, 2015
    A secret gem.🌅. This is our go-to beach.. 🌟It's a lot quieter if you head on over by the pitch & putt side. (Once you pay to get into the parking lot, go allllll the way to the left)🌟
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossOctober 17, 2014
    Interesting social panorama:-)
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    there are bathrooms and usually a food truck with snacks and coffee in the main building and patio
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn Chatmon-BusbyAugust 16, 2014
    Beach fun with the kiddies
  • ImSo_Brooklyn
    ImSo_BrooklynAugust 10, 2014
    Very spacious. Nice and quiet and not too many "ratchet" ppl!
  • ImSo_Brooklyn
    ImSo_BrooklynAugust 10, 2014
    The park is cool!
  • Hesh M.
    Hesh MeisterJune 30, 2014
    Filthiest beach in the tristate area.
  • Kimbert S.
    Kimbert SylvMarch 1, 2014
    Come on summer I'm ready for my beach days
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KimSeptember 28, 2013
    Family Surrey ride
  • Roy H.
    Roy HarrellAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Gay boys: the constant wearing of boxer briefs or any other underwear not meant to be worn in water is overtly wack &cheap! Pls invest in a pair of trunks, briefs or shorts that are meant 4 water!
  • Dante S.
    Dante SchulzAugust 23, 2013
    Really nice place to relax in the sun.
  • Blase S.
    Blase SylvesterAugust 18, 2013
    Riis beach sun was beautiful.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RobinsonAugust 17, 2013
    Pretty good friends barbecue
  • Brian T.
    Brian TafelAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Finally, great food trucks!
  • Roy H.
    Roy HarrellAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    "topless" actually means fully nude ;-)
  • Roy H.
    Roy HarrellAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Not for the prude ;-)
  • Catherine R.
    Catherine RitortoJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I start working here Sat and sun.... Renting bikes and kayaks come down and c me :-)
  • Riqi V.
    Riqi VelezJuly 18, 2013
    It was peaceful until 12:30
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie ChoJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There is way, way more nudity during the week than on weekends.
  • Dana V.
    Dana VillaruelJuly 15, 2013
    Dirty, dirty and dirty. At your own risk
  • Tatiana
    TatianaJuly 15, 2013
    Cool place !
  • Alessandra A.
    Alessandra AlbiniJuly 14, 2013
    Great beach, very clean!
  • Marlon S.
    Marlon SantosJuly 8, 2013
    This beach is different from rockaway. Relaxed attitude,beer friendly, and chill people. You don't get the ghetto trash that comes in from the a train.
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