Best time to visit New York

Beach Season in New York

The water that surrounds New York helps to survive​ a hot summer in the concrete jungle

Best time: June–August

Beach Season
Beach Season
Beach Season
Beach Season

New York might not be exactly a beach resort, ​but its stretches of sand are very popular among the locals especially in summer when it's almost unbearably hot in the concrete jungle. The city's five districts offer a range of beaches, each with its own atmosphere and specialty.

There's Fire Island on Long Island with campsites, hiking paths, and deer that sometimes even stroll along the beach. The South Beach at Staten Island offers quiet beaches, fishing piers, and a boardwalk. The Rockaway Beach that is also sometimes called Rockapulco has a couple of surfing schools and lots of snack shacks. And, of course, don't forget Coney Island that in the early 20th century was one of the most po​pular beaches in the world and now hosts vibrant events like the Mermaid Parade.

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When is the best time to visit the beaches in New York?

June to August is ideal for a beach visit in New York. The warm weather, perfect for tanning and swimming, draws in more visitors. The beach atmosphere transforms with food vendors, street performers, and games, making it more vibrant. The water is at its warmest temperature, completing the fantastic beach experience. Show more

Where are the best beaches located in New York?

Rockaway and Coney Island beaches are a must-visit when in New York, and you shouldn't skip Fire Island and South Beach either. They offer unique specialties, such as hiking trails, fishing piers, boardwalks, and campsites, making them perfect for more than just beachgoers. Each beach provides a different atmosphere to cater to everyone's preferences. Show more

What is the atmosphere like at Fire Island on Long Island?

The only way to reach Fire Island in Long Island is by ferry, offering visitors a serene and quiet atmosphere. The beach is home to hiking paths, campsites, and rare deer sightings, making it stand out from other beaches in New York. It's an ideal destination to detach from the city's fast-paced lifestyle and enjoy some peace of mind by the beach. Show more

What is the specialty of the South Beach at Staten Island?

South Beach specializes in offering a family-friendly environment. Its boardwalk features a playground, a picnic section, a baseball field, and a basketball court. Unlike most beaches in New York, South Beach is less crowded, providing visitors with ample space. The beach is perfect for fishing enthusiasts thanks to the fishing piers that let them enjoy the sun while waiting for their catch. Show more

What are the popular events that take place at Coney Island during beach season in New York?

Coney Island's beach season hosts many popular events, and the Mermaid Parade takes the top spot. The June celebration typically includes local and tourist participants, dressed in their Mermaid and Neptune costumes, marching down the boardwalk before ending the parade with a big beach party. The beach hosts a world-renowned hot dog contest and an amusement park with games, rides, and other highlights. Show more

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