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 popular beaches in the world and now hosts vibrant events like the Mermaid Parade.
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