Best Beaches Near NYC

Get away, if just for the day

It’s tough to imagine such an experience exists within reach of the hustle-and-bustle of New York’s concrete jungle, but it does. Manhattan is an island, after all.

Should your vacation plans demand a sand-and-surf getaway, these seven best beaches near NYC are accessible from Archer Hotel New York via subway, car, bus or ferry.

Coney Island

Wonder Wheel ferris wheel and carousel with blue skies above
Photo courtesy of skeeze from Pixabay

One of the first and most-famous amusement parks, beachfront Coney Island is a one-stop entertainment mecca. Along with frolicking in the Atlantic while soaking up the rays, visitors can play beach volleyball, wander the boardwalk, ride the Coney Island Cyclone and Deno’s Wonder Wheel, catch an evening flick on the beach and enjoy Friday night fireworks.

Fort Tilden Beach

Fort Tilden - kids built castle on the beach
Fort Tilden

At the far tip of the Rockaways, a few miles of clean, tightly packed, all-but-deserted sand are hidden behind trees, bushes and grassy dunes. If remote is what you’re looking for, Fort Tilden is your secluded oasis — and just a ferry ride away from Manhattan.

Asbury Park

Asbury Park Beach
Asbury Park

Should a more cosmopolitan approach to the coast be your style, enjoy the numerous boutique shops, Zagat-rated restaurants and nightlife along Asbury Park beach.

Jacob Riis Park

Riis Park Beach
Riis Park Beach

Home to a famous historically restored bathhouse, the beach at Jacob Riis Park hosts the traditional sand ’n’ surf vibe that many resident New Yorkers flock to each summer. Grab your sunscreen and hop aboard a ferry from the city.

Fire Island

Looking over treetops at a black and white lighthouse with clouds behind it
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

The 32-mile-long, ¼-mile-wide barrier island is a popular oceanfront not far from Manhattan, yes — but it’s so much more than a plot of sand. Fire Island National Seashore spans most of the island and includes the Sunken Forrest, Fire Island Lighthouse, several parks, a federal wilderness preserve and 17 car-free communities including the popular Ocean Beach. Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines are two LGBT communities with a long history of supporting gay rights, even before the modern movement.

Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

beach sandy hook
beach sandy hook

With a number of outdoor recreation activities available, Sandy Hook at the Gateway National Recreation Area welcomes fishing, hiking, biking, bird-watching and picnic enthusiasts all summer long.

Jones Beach

Credit Hans J E via Flickr - ocean waves
Credit Hans J E via Flickr

Perhaps one of the most popular beaches in the tri-state area, Jones Beach State Park welcomes more than 6 million visitors each year to its vibrant seaside community. With a design theme based on an ocean liner, Jones Beach comes complete with a boardwalk, shuffleboard, fishing, surfing, golfing, historic exhibit and plenty of concession stands.

A beach day isn’t complete without an umbrella. Don’t forget to pack your Sky Umbrella from your room at Archer Hotel New York before heading out into the sun.

Black umbrella with blue skies and cloud on the inside
Archer’s Sky Umbrella from MOMA, designed by Tibor Kalman and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson
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