New York City’s Best Beaches You Can Reach Without a Car

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New York City's Best Beaches You Can Reach Without a Car
New York City's Best Beaches You Can Reach Without a Car

A list of the best beaches you can reach without a car in the NYC region

There is no better getaway than a day at the beach from the oppressive concrete jungle and tourist crush. But the truth is that many of us who live in cities lack access to a vehicle for weekend vacations or day visits to the beach.

Fortunately, you won’t have to spend your summer pleading for a car loan or shelling out hefty rental costs. Any borough in New York has access to miles of coastline that can be reached by bus, subway, ferry, or bicycle, so all that’s needed to get away for the summer is a little public transportation. We’ve listed every beach in the area and provided directions from NYC to each one. You can locate beaches where you can chow down on famous hot dogs, drink shady cocktails, or simply lounge in the sun. All you have to do is choose one.

The People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park

Queens

Robert Moses, a city planner, gave this well-liked stretch of sand the moniker “the people’s beach” because of how easily it could be reached by public transportation. Jacob Riis offers a bigger beach for lounging, parks and greenspaces nearby to explore, and a famous abandoned Art Deco bathhouse that goes back to 1932. Nearby locations like Rockaway and Fort Tilden have considerably surpassed this beach’s popularity thanks to top-notch beach meals and other amenities.

 

You may either take the A, S, or 2 trains to Rockaway Park and then transfer to the Q35 or Q22 bus to get to Jacob Riis Park, or you can take the 2 train to Flatbush Avenue and switch to the Q35 bus. Another choice is to ride your bicycle over the Marine Parkway Bridge.

Brighton Beach

Brooklyn

This Brooklyn neighbourhood, which has a sizable Russian immigrant community, attracts hordes of New York City residents seeking relief from the summer heat. The location is close to lively Coney Island. While this popular beach is more quieter than its neighbour, there are lots of activities available than simply lazing in the sun. After spending some time on the sand, grab some borscht and vodka at a real supper club nearby, then wander about the neighbourhood, known as Little Odessa, to get a true sense of the location.

You can reach Brighton Beach by taking the Q or B trains

Coney Island

Brooklyn

An East Coast landmark, Coney Island is home to amusement park attractions, carnival games, and a nearby aquarium. Without the Mermaid Parade and the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which both fall on some of the busiest days at the beach, summer in New York wouldn’t seem quite right. The typical boardwalk fare, such as funnel cake and hot dogs, is ideal for snacking between dips and people-watching. It fills up quickly because this is one of NYC’s most well-known summer hot places.

You can take the F, D, N, or Q trains to West Eighth Street or Coney Island to get there

Fire Island

Long Island

Visit Fire Island instead of playing Frogger in the congested Hamptons; it is the setting for the most recent Joel Kim Booster film and has 26 miles of diverse shoreline. Fair Harbor caters to families, Ocean Beach is a sceney locale, and the Pines has long been home to a sizable LGBTQIA+ population. Although the island is large enough to find a quiet area away from the drunken revellers when you need a break from the action, the high-intensity parties here are undeniably popular. Additionally, there is no traffic! The only ways to move around the island are on foot, bicycles, or golf carts because there are no cars or paved roads there.

You can take the LIRR to Bay Shore, then take a ferry for 20 minutes to get to the island

The Hamptons

Long Island

The Hamptons draw a wealthy clientele because of their celebrity sightings, opulent residences, and lively restaurants, bars, and clubs. There are several Long Island villages that are less expensive (and provide more) than the upscale environment associated with The Hamptons. Of course, Montauk and Sag Harbor are worth a visit. If that appeals to you more, avoid the Jitney crowds and take the subway to one of the fantastic public beaches on the East End.

Jones Beach

Wantagh

The drive to Jones Beach is more of a slog than the others because the shuttle bus is so dang overcrowded all the time. However, once you arrive, the mini-golf, numerous large concerts, two swimming pools, and a sizable beach—ideal for families with children to enjoy—will make all the trouble seem worthwhile. A long stroll down the nearby boardwalk is ideal before laying down a towel or cooling off in the sea.

You can take the LIRR from Penn Station to Freeport, then take the shuttle to Jones Beach

Orchard Beach

The Bronx

This created Bronx beach, which spills over the Long Island Sound and is easily reachable from Manhattan, was formerly referred to as the “Riviera of New York City.” The 1.1-mile stretch, which Robert Moses commissioned, is the sole public beach in the Bronx. There are also basketball, tennis, volleyball, and handball facilities, as well as picnic spaces and a hexagonal boardwalk ideal for evening strolls, if the thought of sunbathing all day makes you uncomfortable.

You can reach the beach by taking the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park, then taking the Bx29 bus to City Island Avenue, which is a short walk away

Shelter Island

Long Island

This created Bronx beach, which spills over the Long Island Sound and is easily reachable from Manhattan, was formerly referred to as the “Riviera of New York City.” The 1.1-mile stretch, which Robert Moses commissioned, is the sole public beach in the Bronx. There are also basketball, tennis, volleyball, and handball facilities, as well as picnic spaces and a hexagonal boardwalk ideal for evening strolls, if the thought of sunbathing all day makes you uncomfortable..

You can take the LIRR to Greenport, then take the ferry for $2, which takes 10 minutes

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