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 + Fort Tilden Beach
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.
Queens, NY 11224
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.
Queens, NY 11697
Jacob Riis Park
Fire Island + Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area
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.
Fire Island, NY 11770
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.
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.
Wantagh, NY 11793