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Rockaway Beach

90-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11694
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Surfing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Long Island beach in Queens borough that can be reached by subway. Popular destination for New...
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Surfing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Long Island beach in Queens borough that can be reached by subway. Popular destination for New Yorkers in mid-20th century, still pleasant to visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Coming from the UK, I did not know much about the Rockaways apart from this area is close to JFK. I presumed its proximity to the airport would mean it would not be a great place to spend time. I was very wrong about this - the beaches were absolutely stunning, and really empty (late September but stunning weather). Locals... More 

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China
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73 reviews 73 reviews
6 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

You pass through an area of pre-apocalypse high-rise and low-rise housing projects for the poor. The first person I saw was a young Jewish man (wearing a yarmulka) and then I noticed many African Americans as well. There is a large, modern and apparently well maintained Jewish high school nearby, the name in both Hebrew and English. Very impressive side... More 

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Markham, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

From out of town, and we were disappointed to have spent the time driving to rockaway. Once we arrived, we promptly packed the car and drove to Coney Island beach instead, where we had a great time! No places that are accessible from the rockaway beach to eat, closest main drag is sketchy, Coney is much safer and has surprisingly... More 

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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

What an amazing job city did to rehabilitate this beach after Sandy. I was there a year and a half ago and was stunned how nice everything looked this time. Nice sandy beach and is not crowded. What else can I ask for...

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Delray Beach, Florida
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116 reviews 116 reviews
31 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Fun day , side street parking ... Sometimes if you are lucky! Easy access, very clean sandy and area. Lots of kids playing

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Augusta, Georgia
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227 reviews 227 reviews
115 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I'd gone to Rockaway Beach when exploring the Rockaways and looked to let my dog on the beach. They had a No Dogs policy which did not sit well with me considering the drive out here so I could only see it from the car. Upon examination seeing it with the rest of the peninsula, it looked dirtier and uglier... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Rockaway Beach is the largest public beach in America and 150,000 people go there each weekend in the summer. There aren't a ton of beach bars, but try Connolly's in the summer or Playland Motel all year long. It's also the only good surfing in NYC which is a huge plus!

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Los Angeles, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

I love Rockaway Beach because it's well-kept compared to other NYC beaches. There are plenty of bathrooms every several blocks (clean bathrooms, too), and plenty of nice restaurants and food shacks right along the beach. Yes, it's NYC, so the water isn't going to be free of potato chip bags and whatnot, but for the most part, it wasn't as... More 

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Westchester County
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224 reviews 224 reviews
64 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

While certainly original to find a beach in a heavy urban area, original does not necessarily equate to enjoyable to visit. Good luck with parking and with finding your car still around if you do find a space. While long, the beach crowds are thick throughout the length. Rules about where to swim or boogie board seem arbitrary and hard... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Folks, I will be honest with you, Rockaway Beach is not for everyone. It's a mixed bag, which is why it is currently under revitalization program started by Mayor Bloomberg. Having said that, there is a reason that the program got started in the first place. Timeless things are the ocean, the sand, the sun and above all the air,... More 

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