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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Beach 3 St. to Beach 153 St. and Boardwalk to Atlantic Ocean, Far Rockaway, NY 11693-1577
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Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

one of the most peaceful and relaxing places to go in all of New York. no matter how crowded the beach is you can always feel the calm.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 2009Znt
Reviewed January 15, 2019

the Rockaways have gone through many changes over the years . Playland long gone...the old summer bungalows gone replaced with housing projects and small development houses. Sandy did a number on the area,the Breezy Pont fire... just coming back under a new look. horrible parking...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank johnicester
Reviewed January 13, 2019

great place to go fishing from anywhere in the city the fish are always biting so calm and peaceful love spending time there

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank EliS613
Reviewed December 6, 2018

AVERAGE FOR NE US BEACHES – BELOW AVERAGE ON A WORLD BASIS. Of 7 beaches visited my NE US tour, ROCKAWAY was better than several, not as good as some – earning for me and average (for NE US) rating. But it would not make...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank blackeldo
Reviewed November 30, 2018

closest surf beach to nyc so its got that going unless youre wiling to travel extra time for long beach. waves suck and only really good for beginners but thats east coast for you unless its hurricane season and/or winter but then it gets too...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Beijing_Realist
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Great place to visit, anytime of year. Great places to eat like Goody's! Come on out and check out the great shops too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GrandTour827590
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

We are going to this beach for years same spot by 97 street. This is the best public beach in new york. Very clean, steps away from the bus and train station, free parking is easy if you come early! Separate area for surfers. Lifeguards...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank marinasV5348UF
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

The ferry from Wall Street and the East River out to Rockaway for the price of the subway or bus is nothing short of a wonder! From May through September the ferry departs every half hour while the rest of the year it’s hourly. Check...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

Wouldn't live anywhere else in NYC. We call Rockaway Beach "Nashville North" due to the abundance of excellent musicians / bands of all genres. The boardwalk is the place to be on a summer day / & night.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Squidly413
Reviewed August 17, 2018

You can't go wrong at any of the Rockaway beaches. This stretch of beach has a nice family quality to it. Same great water and sand and surf.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Peter F
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tarek e
August 30, 2018|
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Response from comfieslippers | Reviewed this property |
I love it that time of year down there, but it can be quite desolate if you mind that sort of thing. An hour or so from midtown on the A train.
caroline o
February 12, 2018|
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Response from Elaine A | Reviewed this property |
I love the area near the Dredsurfer Grill on 17th Street. It is relaxing, family friendly and calm. You'll find free parking too.
Elizabeth N
September 10, 2017|
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Response from Marlene C | Reviewed this property |
Yes you are correct just means no life guard on duty
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Spokane, WA
JFK layover (2 Replies)
I have a layover for 8 hours at jfk from 1030am to 630pm. Can I get some suggestions on a short day trip somewhere? I've read up a little, and some things I found are flushing or Rockaway beach. It's a Friday. Thanks :)
July 13, 2018|
Response fromnytraveler2016|
Are either of the flights international? Do you have checked luggage that you will have to store at the airport? This will help us determine how long you actually have. If you are coming off an international flight you need to allow 2 hours for that and also 2 hours back at the airport for another domestic flight. If you are getting onto an international flight you need to be back at the airport 3 hours in advance - which means leaving wherever you are about 4 hours before the flight....More
Calgary, Alberta
One night's accomodation in Cannon Beach - please help! (3 Replies)
We have only one night (a Monday night) to stay at Cannon Beach in August. So far I haven't been able to find anywhere that offers one night's accomodation for August. We don't need anything fancy - just somewhere clean. It also doesn't need to be right in town. A B&B or motel would also work. Is Rockaway Beach a good alternative to Cannon Beach?
May 07, 2007|
Response fromchinookgrrrrl|
Lots of places at Cannon Beach have 2 nite minimums in the summer. Rockaway Beach has a different feel than Cannon Beach. Rockaway Beach more low-key than Cannon(Rockaway has less fancy shops, etc). An alternative to Cannon Beach type atmosphere would be Manzanita-try Sunset Surf Motel in Manzanita... Its not fancy-but it was clean last time I stayed there(about 1.5 years ago). Maybe look at the reviews to see if this place fits for you...
Farmer's Market (7 Replies)
For those who are opting to stay in one of the hotels, motels, or the RV park in Pacifica, as well as those making a coastal run up or down Highway 1, need road food and time it just right, on Wednesday's between 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM there's a nice little farmer's market held right off of Highway 1 at Rockaway Beach Avenue. What makes this market of particular value to visitors is that only half of the two dozen or so booths sell (organic) fruits and vegetables. The other half sell...More
July 22, 2009|
Response fromCaffiend|
Frisco Roadrunner writes>>....Sometimes you can find non-edible goodies too, like arts & crafts items.....<< Yeah, I chatted a bit with a soap-maker from Moss Beach who was selling her wares (Gaia Essentials). They looked entirely too wholesome and preservative-free for my tastes (hey, I depend on those preservatives to keep me youthful) but I mentally earmarked them as making a nice hostess gift when the hostess doesn't rate something really special like a road-kill possum. I think there...More