5 of the Best Beaches of New York
When people think of an ideal beach getaway, New York isn’t always the first place that comes to mind. But upon closer inspection, you’ll find that the Empire state has some great sun, sand and surf to offer! From the outer rims of New York City’s burroughs to the legendary stretches of sand on Long Island, city locals and visitors alike can find all the seaside charms they need. Here are 5 of the best beaches the state has to offer:
Main Beach, East Hampton
Main Beach has recently been rated the #1 beach in the USA by coastal expert “Dr. Beach.” Known for being home to many of the country’s rich and famous, this is a great place to bump into celebrities out for a day in the sun. The pristine white sand and upscale Hamptons vibe makes for a lovey and exclusive getaway. Because of its vast appeal, however, parking permits sell out fast so get yours early in the season or plan on catching the Jitney from one of it’s Manhattan pickup points.
Cooper’s Beach is a stunning stretch of sand on the South Shore of Long Island. The village of Southampton provides the background to the beautiful dunes and a number of gorgeous, palatial celebrity estates line the quiet streets. This one frequently gets rated in the top 10 beaches of America on Dr. Beach’s annual list. It’s Labor Day fireworks display is spectacular and the Southampton Cultural Center also hosts a number of outdoor concerts here on the sands.
If you’d like a hint of New England charm on your beach excursion, check out the beaches in the harbor of Oyster Bay. It has a gorgeous pebble beach where you can stroll or swim, and a Waterfront Center that offers sailing lessons and kayak rentals. The lovely town of Oyster Bay is also a big draw for tourists after a day at the water. You can visit the former home of Teddy Roosevelt and check out the Nantucket Lightship, the old sea vessel docked at the Jakobson Pier.
Point O’ Woods
For a wonderful secluded getaway, hop on a ferry to Fire Island to visit the famed Point O’ Woods beach. A members only retreat, it’s famous for its insularity and exclusivity. Cards aren’t allowed and in order to get a membership you’ll need to buy one of the 200 homes in the village or come as a guest of one of the current residents – all guests are met by a member of the association upon arrival. For this reason, it’s known for being one of the most peaceful and safe beaches in the country.
Fort Tilden, Rockaways
Though all of New York City’s beaches took a hit during Superstorm Hurricane Sandy, they are, for the most part, back in action and better than ever. Fort Tilden, located on the Rockaway peninsula on the coast of NYC, is a beautiful natural oasis. With historic military structures and some of the most beautiful beaches in New York, it’s the perfect place to get away for hiking, surfing, fishing or wildlife spotting. It offers gorgeous views of Jamaica Bay and New York Harbor and is only a short commute from Manhattan, making it a great day-trip for city dwellers.