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Rockaway Beach

Beach, Neighborhood, and Surf Spot
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693, United States

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    "... bus that stops near Rockaway Tacos to the Broad Channel subway station. That..."(4 Tips)
    Heather O.
    "one of the nicer beaches in NYC."(2 Tips)
    "Not to mention a great Ramone's Song."(2 Tips)
    Kalli A.
    "Nice people, good views, great time."(2 Tips)
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  • Fernando F.

    One of the best beaches in NYC, you can actually consider this one to be "good"...

    Fernando Figueroa · August 30
  • Francis

    Rock rock rockaway

    Francis · August 15
  • Tom W.

    There's absolutely ZERO parking here. Do not even entertain the thought of bringing a car

    Tom Wolfstein · July 26
  • Nate F.

    The sand is teeming with mole crabs now. Each step you take, the crabs emerge and then scurry back under the sand -

    Nate Folkert · September 28, 2014
  • Village Voice

    Rockaway Taco's fish taco is everything a fish taco should be. Read more

    Village Voice · August 15, 2014
  • Abby B.

    Not the hamptons. Go to the hamptons of ya want. This is better.

    Abby Bickel · July 6, 2014
  • Nate F.

    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

    Nate Folkert · June 22, 2014
  • HashtagNYU

    JSex says this is the most under appreciated spot in the city!

    HashtagNYU · February 20, 2014
  • Jakob P.

    such nice place and near manhattan..!

    Jakob Panotas · August 27, 2013
  • Laura A.

    Mmmmmm arepa! @caracasrockaway

    Laura Alejo · August 4, 2013
  • Mags K.


    Mags Kelly · July 27, 2013
  • AT&T

    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

    AT&T · July 9, 2013
  • Kenny

    Love this beach! Its full of optimistic people :)

    Kenny · June 9, 2013
  • Ron G.

    The gulls will steal your food blind.

    Ron G · June 3, 2013
  • Sam M.

    Take the Rockabus! It's faster than the subway and cheaper than hiring a car. Read more

    Sam Morrill · August 23, 2012
  • Melissa H.

    At 8am it's quiet and peaceful, perfect for a stroll before the crowds.

    Melissa Hidalgo · August 19, 2012
  • Jim s.

    Dont feed the birds on the beach...and pick up your garbage when you leave

    Jim slowey · August 13, 2012
  • Queens Library

    Tuesday August 7 @ 4-9pm: Join @QueensLibrary & local police @ Beach 17 St. on the boardwalk for National Night Out Against Crime.

    Queens Library · August 6, 2012
  • Queens Library

    Tuesday August 7 @ 4:15-8pm: Join @QueensLibrary & local police @ Beach 108 St. on the boardwalk for National Night Out Against Crime.

    Queens Library · August 6, 2012
  • Lynne W.

    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. .

    Lynne Washburn · July 11, 2012
  • MetroFocus

    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

    MetroFocus · June 25, 2012
  • Matt K.

    An original haiku: irresistible / my farmer's tan it really was / goodbye sweet white bod

    Matt Kiser · June 23, 2012
  • Barbara M.

    Nightime. At the romantic and the best time for finding beach treasures....especially after a storm

    Barbara Mietzner Innes · December 18, 2011
  • Scoutmob

    Gnarly, dude: Rockaway Beach "Surf Access" is the only surf spot in the five boroughs.

    Scoutmob · November 28, 2011
  • Davone aka Bosslady @.

    Get your pedicure done at Sunny Nails on Beach 116 street. Ask for Tracy she is the best :)

    Davone aka Bosslady @bosslady_dmj · September 29, 2011
  • Florian P.

    if beach 90th is too crowded go to 70th... just as good of a wave... Read more

    Florian Peter · September 19, 2011
  • Samantha O.

    Go home, hipsters!!!!

    Samantha Onorato · September 18, 2011
  • Deandre H.

    Beautiful and run and not crowded

    Deandre H · September 10, 2011
  • Andy R.

    One of the only beach spots close to NYC that is only a subway ride away.

    Andy Rosenberg · September 1, 2011
  • Cyrus B.

    [SURF SPOT!] Clean beach, very small waves, short rides... but, closest surfing to NYC

    Cyrus Blades · August 31, 2011
  • Samantha G.


    Samantha Gunn · August 27, 2011
  • David M.

    Get off @ the 166th beach stop less crowded (esp. Mon) great panoramic view

    David Maher · August 22, 2011
  • Caitlin D.

    Best waves in Queens

    Caitlin Dooley · August 18, 2011
  • Rawson D.

    Eat at Rockaway Taco afterwards

    Rawson Daniel · August 17, 2011

    Dirty beach? Do Something about it and pick up trash with some friends. for more info, check out Read more · August 16, 2011
  • Jessica S.

    beach was nice and food was amazing. water...meh, i'd rather swim down the shore. Read more

    Jessica Stewart · August 1, 2011
  • Vlada G.

    Really one of the nicest beaches ever!

    Vlada G · July 21, 2011
  • Pepsi

    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.

    Pepsi · July 2, 2011
  • Buzz Radio

    ♫ It's not hard, not far to reach, we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach! ♫

    Buzz Radio · June 30, 2011
  • Ryan H.

    A fresh homemade Italian ice from DiCosmo's cart is the best $2 you'll spend all day

    Ryan Hamilton · June 19, 2011
  • Evan C.

    Urban beach fun! Can see the manhattan in one direction, and the ocean in the other. Wow!

    Evan Cohen · June 18, 2011
  • Dens

    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.

    Dens · June 9, 2011
  • James M.

    new pizza shop on 98th street $1 great too

    James Marshall · May 23, 2011
  • NYC Smoke-Free

    As of 5/23/2011, Rockaway Beach, along with all other NYC parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas, is smoke-free! Learn more at

    NYC Smoke-Free · May 18, 2011
  • Nikki S.

    Hit the beaches! If you come in feb bundle up! Enjoy!

    Nikki Smith · February 27, 2011
  • Wahkene K.

    Run the Boardwalk from 67 to 116 and back for an easy 5k.

    Wahkene Kitchenmaster · November 27, 2010
  • jennifer v.

    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 :-)

    jennifer viorla-davis · August 8, 2010
  • jennifer v.

    Don't go to far into the water unless you are a really good swimmer or a life guard! And squirt birds with water ;-) it's fun. Lmfao!

    jennifer viorla-davis · August 8, 2010
  • Ryan K.

    Paul's secret shortcut directions are also the gps directions.

    Ryan K · July 21, 2010
  • Paul B.

    Go to the beach at dawn and surf off 69th St entrance. Do it before the crowds arrive, for your sanity.

    Paul Beddoe-Stephens · July 20, 2010

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