Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach
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Plan a fun beach day at this beach in Far Rockaway. With its great surf, it’s the perfect spot for surfers of all levels. If you prefer to stick closer to the boardwalk, check out the area between 90th to 98th street. Here, you’ll find plenty of tasty food options, from tacos to lobster rolls. You can also grab some beach essentials and cute beachwear from the local stores. It can get busy so try to visit early in the morning or on a weekday. And don't worry about parking—you can easily take the subway or hop on the Rockaway Ferry from Wall Street or Sunset Park. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Josh D
    New York City, New York472 contributions
    Refreshing!!
    I was in the ocean today and I thought of something very important that kind of changed my view on the world!! The thing I thought of was jerk salmon probably comes from the Atlantic Ocean because it’s very salty which is why it’s a jerk!! I have never been called salty because I believe I am a good spirited man!! I go here every summer and I very much like going into the ocean!! I happen to think that oceans are very interesting and it’s crazy that squids and whales and jellyfish all live inside of them!! I am a fan of jellyfish because they look cool but I know they want to sting me so I don’t go near them!! The water was very nice and the lifeguards were very alert to people not being in the right place!! There are a lot of stores and restaurants and things and I got fish and chips which made me feel good!! I enjoy coming here a lot!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Michael A
    Nassau, New Providence Island1,899 contributions
    We took the MTA cruise to Rockaway Beach Queens from Pier 11 in lower Manhattan.
    We took the MTA cruise from Pier 11 in lower Manhattan to Rockaway Beach Queens. We saw excellent views of downtown Manhattan, Governor's Island, and Coney Island. At $4 per person each way, the cruise was an incredible bargain.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Anna P
    Brooklyn, New York45 contributions
    Beach 97th street of Rockaway Beach
    My family and I went to Rockaway Beach in July 2023. We were there on a Thursday. After looking for about 5 minutes we were able to find street parking a block or two away from the beach. (There is a free public parking on 95th street which was completely full by 11 a.m. on a Thursday. ) We settled near Beach 97-98th street on the beach. While the location was convenient due to a public bathroom and a couple of food places nearby, we were right by the lifeguard’s seat at the beach. The lifeguard was constantly blowing his whistle throughout the day trying to keep the beachgoers safe and steer them off the rocks, other danger. I would come back to the Rockaway Beach, only this time I would settle further away from the lifeguard’s tower if I could.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
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TangoNY
Great Neck, NY460 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Rockaways has experienced a huge renaissance in the last 15 years. From a “hood” and “ghetto” riddled area now it has been turned into a NYC riviera and Mecca for NYC surfers. In the summer this beach is so popular that it is hard to find parking. The beach is wide and clean. Lots of space. NYC ferry can get one here from anywhere in NYC. Many good food spots now especially in the Arverne By The Sea section of Rockaways. A great boardwalk that is 5.5 miles long. It is made with cement and it is very smooth for biking. Overall, Rockaways has gotten so much better and it continues to grow and gain popularity every year! Come and experience it all for yourself.
Written September 11, 2022
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Eddie S
Bronx, NY1,213 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Went to Rockaway Beach to visit family and amazed how the area has changed from when I went there every summer. Gone were a number of the bungalows and sand dunes replaced with townhouses and buildings. The beach is still the beach. It was fun to ride the waves. Plus there a more dining options available than there have been in the past.
Written August 10, 2020
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Scott
San Francisco, CA5,296 contributions
May 2021
Fantastic beach and boardwalk. I visited in May 2021, so the summer beach season hadn't yet started. The boardwalk is PREMIUM for walking, biking, or running. Clean public bathrooms everywhere. And nice-looking refreshment stands just getting ready for the season. This is truly an undiscovered (by tourists) part of New York City.
Written May 21, 2021
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Epicureously
London, UK1,265 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Well it’s a really good place to come for a day out when the city gets boiling. Massive sandy beach. Sea looked a bit murky. The massive concrete jungle built behind is like a massive Bermondsey council block. Some good bars can be found. Uncomplicated and easy to get to.
Written August 21, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Anna P
Brooklyn, NY45 contributions
Jul 2023
My family and I went to Rockaway Beach in July 2023. We were there on a Thursday. After looking for about 5 minutes we were able to find street parking a block or two away from the beach. (There is a free public parking on 95th street which was completely full by 11 a.m. on a Thursday. )
We settled near Beach 97-98th street on the beach. While the location was convenient due to a public bathroom and a couple of food places nearby, we were right by the lifeguard’s seat at the beach. The lifeguard was constantly blowing his whistle throughout the day trying to keep the beachgoers safe and steer them off the rocks, other danger.
I would come back to the Rockaway Beach, only this time I would settle further away from the lifeguard’s tower if I could.
Written July 22, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kitty272727
323 contributions
Jun 2021
You can count on the ocean breeze bringing the temperature easily ten degrees lower than other parts of NYC. Take the ferry at Pier 11 Wall Street (connections from other parts of Manhattan) for a pleasant hour-long ride. Walk to the beach. There are concessions on the boardwalk for food and drink but more serious places two blocks inland, and there is the new Rockaway Hotel with nice options.
Written June 29, 2021
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David B
Brooklyn, NY1,064 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
We drove from DUMBO, Brooklyn at 2pm for the beach the same day Biden was elected!!! Traffic wasn’t the best getting there, avoid Grand Central Parkway.

The weather was great 75 degrees and nothing but sun. Beach was empty and calm waves.
Written November 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Josh D
New York City, NY472 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
I was in the ocean today and I thought of something very important that kind of changed my view on the world!! The thing I thought of was jerk salmon probably comes from the Atlantic Ocean because it’s very salty which is why it’s a jerk!! I have never been called salty because I believe I am a good spirited man!! I go here every summer and I very much like going into the ocean!! I happen to think that oceans are very interesting and it’s crazy that squids and whales and jellyfish all live inside of them!! I am a fan of jellyfish because they look cool but I know they want to sting me so I don’t go near them!! The water was very nice and the lifeguards were very alert to people not being in the right place!! There are a lot of stores and restaurants and things and I got fish and chips which made me feel good!! I enjoy coming here a lot!!
Written July 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dominic C
4 contributions
Sep 2022
I did not intentionally want to come here, i just had an extra day in NYC and my hotel was here. The beach is fantastic white sand and was empty. I took my drone for a flight and got some amazing pictures. Also good for plane spotters JKF is not far away and planes fly over really low.
Written October 24, 2022
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Michael A
Nassau, New Providence Island1,899 contributions
Jul 2023
We took the MTA cruise from Pier 11 in lower Manhattan to Rockaway Beach Queens. We saw excellent views of downtown Manhattan, Governor's Island, and Coney Island. At $4 per person each way, the cruise was an incredible bargain.
Written July 16, 2023
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