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Rockaway Beach

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  • Damian B.
    Farther than Brighton and a little less crowded. The ferry from Wall St is a great option and a fun boat ride.
  • Theresa M.
    Theresa MJuly 10
    super crowded on 4th of july weekend..usually its a great beach to go!
  • John B.
    Check out the sand! also the ocean. Don't miss out on nutcrackers!
  • 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 - http://flic.kr/p/pa1aii
  • 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
    Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!'n
  • 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 beach...so 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
    Ramones!!!
  • 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.org
    DoSomething.orgAugust 16, 2011
    Dirty beach? Do Something about it and pick up trash with some friends. for more info, check out http://dsorg.us/gJ670j 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.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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 www.nycsmokefree.org.
  • 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 :-)
  • jennifer v.
    jennifer viorla-davisAugust 8, 2010
    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!
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KJuly 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Paul's secret shortcut directions are also the gps directions.
  • Paul B.
    Go to the beach at dawn and surf off 69th St entrance. Do it before the crowds arrive, for your sanity.
  • Paul B.
    Secret shortcut:-Cross Bay Bridge north to the Crss By Blvd-Left on Conduit. Follow + left on Atlantic-Right onto Penn Ave, left onto Bushwick to Wllmsbg
  • Caesar A.
    Caesar AlpuertoJuly 19, 2010
    pick up order pie order @ Plum Tomatoes
  • Roman U.
    Roman UrbanowiczJuly 18, 2010
    Don't bother bringing he car unless you know someone with a driveway. There's no parking pretty much everywhere
  • Heather O.
    Heather OSheaJune 25, 2010
    one of the nicer beaches in NYC. Free parking at 96th street.
  • Kalli A.
    Kalli AvalonJune 18, 2010
    Go get some Sun , Sun , Sun . Nice people, good views, great time. Au revoir mes amis!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HickeyMay 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Go get lunch at Rockaway Taco on 96 street
  • susan
    susanMay 1, 2010
    Surf spot at 90th
  • Bar 13
    Bar 13March 24, 2010
    IF YOUR ONLY IN NYC FOR A LITTLE WHILE BE SURE TO GET TO THE BEACH. ROCKAWAY IS PART OF NYC AND IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES ON THE EAST COAST. TAKE A TRAIN, PUT YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND.
  • Odalice B.
    Odalice BritoFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful beach
  • Odalice B.
    Odalice BritoFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Come in the summer and enjoy the beach!
  • Florent P.
    Florent PeyreAugust 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get yourself dropped by a car service and enjoy a family beach with clean sand just 30 mn away from Downtown Brooklyn... don't forget your bodyboard...
  • meganificent
    meganificentAugust 9, 2009
    Sip a pina colada at The Sandbar on Rockaway Beach, see fat ladies in tacky swimsuit coverups, and feel the breeze as birds fly by.
  • Harry R.
    Harry RomanAugust 1, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    surf dude!!!
  • Antoine A.
    Antoine AffoSeptember 10, 2015
    Utiliser la presse pour repasser vos pantalon pour garder l éclat
  • Antoine A.
    Antoine AffoSeptember 10, 2015
    Ne manger pas trop de sel
  • Marina Y.
    Marina YoshimotoSeptember 5, 2015
    Praia tranquila...com restaurante e bar por perto..
  • Fer C.
    Fer CAugust 9, 2015
    Puedes encontrar estacionamiento en la 94th street o la 102st , es gratis y también la entrada, es playa pública. Lleva sombrillas y sillas, la playa está muy padre.
  • Mags K.
    Mags KellyOctober 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
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