NYC Parks

Rockaway Beach

Beach, Neighborhood, and Surf Spot
66 Tips and reviews
  • surfing
  • tacos
  • beach
  • ramon
  • scenic views
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  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyAugust 28, 2016
    It still blows my mind that there's a beach this good within New York City. Check out Surf Yoga Beer for surf lessons!
  • Walter F.
    Walter FordeAugust 21, 2016
    Too many ppl
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Take the $7-each-way NYC Beach Bus from Union Square or Brooklyn, rent a surfboard, then stop for tacos at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, and check out art at Topless gallery. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    July 2nd: Venture out to Rockaway Beach for some free Yoga on the Beach, then jump into the ocean to cool off. Read more
  • Fernando F.
    Fernando FigueroaAugust 30, 2015
    One of the best beaches in NYC, you can actually consider this one to be "good"...
  • Francis
    FrancisAugust 15, 2015
    Rock rock rockaway
  • Tom W.
    Tom WolfsteinJuly 26, 2015
    There's absolutely ZERO parking here. Do not even entertain the thought of bringing a car
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The sand is teeming with mole crabs now. Each step you take, the crabs emerge and then scurry back under the sand -
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Rockaway Taco's fish taco is everything a fish taco should be. Read more
  • Abby B.
    Abby BickelJuly 6, 2014
    Not the hamptons. Go to the hamptons of ya want. This is better.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertJune 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    sea lice (or mole crabs) are bigger the further up the beach you dig. easiest to find by digging just where the sand no longer clumps
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUFebruary 20, 2014
    JSex says this is the most under appreciated spot in the city!
  • El Greco P.
    El Greco PanotasAugust 27, 2013
    such nice place and near manhattan..!
  • Laura A.
    Laura AlejoAugust 4, 2013
    Mmmmmm arepa! @caracasrockaway
  • Mags K.
    Mags KellyJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
  • AT&T
    AT&TJuly 9, 2013
    Spot a palm tree at Rockaway Beach? Then you've found one of our new, solar-powered mobile charging stations, available all summer long. Charge up today and stay connected, c/o AT&T. Read more
  • Kenny
    KennyJune 9, 2013
    Love this beach! Its full of optimistic people :)
  • Ron G.
    Ron GJune 3, 2013
    The gulls will steal your food blind.
  • Sam M.
    Sam MorrillAugust 23, 2012
    Take the Rockabus! It's faster than the subway and cheaper than hiring a car. Read more
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HidalgoAugust 19, 2012
    At 8am it's quiet and peaceful, perfect for a stroll before the crowds.
  • Jim s.
    Jim sloweyAugust 13, 2012
    Dont feed the birds on the beach...and pick up your garbage when you leave
  • Queens Library
    Queens LibraryAugust 6, 2012
    Tuesday August 7 @ 4-9pm: Join @QueensLibrary & local police @ Beach 17 St. on the boardwalk for National Night Out Against Crime.
  • Queens Library
    Queens LibraryAugust 6, 2012
    Tuesday August 7 @ 4:15-8pm: Join @QueensLibrary & local police @ Beach 108 St. on the boardwalk for National Night Out Against Crime.
  • Lynne W.
    Lynne WashburnJuly 11, 2012
    Best Baja Fish Tacos east of Baja Mexico are at The Tap & Grill. B98th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd in Rockaway Beach, NY. Fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and lobster rolls are killer. .
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusJune 25, 2012
    If you're a surfer or skater, this is the best NYC beach for you. Parking isn't too bad either: it's $5 in Jacob Riis Park and there are free lots on nearby streets as well. Read more at MetroFocus. Read more
  • Matt K.
    Matt KiserJune 23, 2012
    An original haiku: irresistible / my farmer's tan it really was / goodbye sweet white bod
  • Barbara M.
    Barbara Mietzner InnesDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Nightime. At the romantic and the best time for finding beach treasures....especially after a storm
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    Gnarly, dude: Rockaway Beach "Surf Access" is the only surf spot in the five boroughs.
  • Davone aka Bosslady @.
    Davone aka Bosslady @bosslady_dmjSeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get your pedicure done at Sunny Nails on Beach 116 street. Ask for Tracy she is the best :)
  • Florian P.
    Florian PeterSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    if beach 90th is too crowded go to 70th... just as good of a wave... Read more
  • Samantha O.
    Samantha OnoratoSeptember 18, 2011
    Go home, hipsters!!!!
  • Deandre H.
    Deandre HSeptember 10, 2011
    Beautiful and run and not crowded
  • Andy R.
    Andy RosenbergSeptember 1, 2011
    One of the only beach spots close to NYC that is only a subway ride away.
  • Samantha G.
    Samantha GunnAugust 27, 2011
  • David M.
    David MaherAugust 22, 2011
    Get off @ the 166th beach stop less crowded (esp. Mon) great panoramic view
  • Caitlin D.
    Caitlin DooleyAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best waves in Queens
  • Rawson D.
    Rawson DanielAugust 17, 2011
    Eat at Rockaway Taco afterwards
    DoSomething.orgAugust 16, 2011
    Dirty beach? Do Something about it and pick up trash with some friends. for more info, check out Read more
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StewartAugust 1, 2011
    beach was nice and food was amazing. water...meh, i'd rather swim down the shore. Read more
  • Vlada G.
    Vlada GJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Really one of the nicest beaches ever!
  • Pepsi
    PepsiJuly 2, 2011
    The NYTimes declared this beach the 'Hamptons for the Williamsburg set'. We just think it's a great place to get your surf on. Not to mention a great Ramone's Song.
  • Buzz Radio
    Buzz RadioJune 30, 2011
    ♫ It's not hard, not far to reach, we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach! ♫
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HamiltonJune 19, 2011
    A fresh homemade Italian ice from DiCosmo's cart is the best $2 you'll spend all day
  • Evan C.
    Evan CohenJune 18, 2011
    Urban beach fun! Can see the manhattan in one direction, and the ocean in the other. Wow!
  • Dens
    DensJune 9, 2011
    The train back is a diaster. Pro tip: take the bus that stops near Rockaway Tacos to the Broad Channel subway station. That way you get to skip the awful "S" / shuttle subway.
  • James M.
    James MarshallMay 23, 2011
    new pizza shop on 98th street $1 great too
  • NYC Smoke-Free
    NYC Smoke-FreeMay 18, 2011
    As of 5/23/2011, Rockaway Beach, along with all other NYC parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas, is smoke-free! Learn more at
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki SmithFebruary 27, 2011
    Hit the beaches! If you come in feb bundle up! Enjoy!
  • Wahkene K.
    Wahkene KitchenmasterNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Run the Boardwalk from 67 to 116 and back for an easy 5k.
  • jennifer v.
    jennifer viorla-davisAugust 8, 2010
    Only go in the water if you're a really good swimmer or a lifeguard. And squirt the birds with water, they actually move out of your way and stay out of your way :-)
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