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Rockaway Beach

90-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11694
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Type: Beaches, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
Activities: Surfing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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Brooklyn, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Brooklyn, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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216 reviews 216 reviews
61 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Go there every week-end during the summer....so close to home, free parking...we get there early & leave by 1:00pm as that's when it gets very crowded....very glad to see this beach is up & running it was devastated by SANDY......I've met some wonderful people through the years @ Rockaway beach & have remained friends.....I look forward to relaxing on this... More

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Kecskemet, Hungary
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

I didn't expect a lot and it wasn't a disappointment. If you're in a city sightseeing tour in New York but you want to spend a day on the beach it's a good place but not for more! The water is great and salty (what a surprise!) but you can't relax because a lot of plane will interrupt the silence.

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New York City, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Per some of the recent reviews -- yes, there was quite a bit of damage from Hurricane Sandy. But it's been 9 months, and it has recovered tremendously. As a matter of fact, it's recovered such that our family of 4, including two small children, happily just rented an apartment a block from the beach and enjoyed a 5-day weekend... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
55 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

it was a nice place but would not go to stay there for a holiday more for the locals the place was hit by hurricane sandy and all the clean up has been done it is a nice place

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Huntington, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

It's just a nice place to go and hang out with the family. Nothing extraordinary, but still pretty. There are places for the kids to play dotted along the shore, too.

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New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

I live in Manhattan so before visiting Far Rockaway Beach this month (August 2012) I read almost all the of reviews on yelp and travel advisor. It seemed like a fair number of people loved the beach, and an equal amount hated it, which left me totally confused. I decided to see for myself and I took the trip on... More

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