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Getting to Long Island beaches from Brooklyn?

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Getting to Long Island beaches from Brooklyn?

My brother and I are staying at Aloft Hotel near the Bklyn Bridge one weekend in August. We were considering renting a car to drive out to Jones Beach or Long Beach for a day on the ocean. But also considered taking LIRR and their beach excursion packages. Does anyone know how efficient they are and if they get crowded on weekends? Would rather do public transport so wanted some clarification. Would be taking LIRR from Bklyn terminal (near Atlantic). Thanks for any help...

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1. Re: Getting to Long Island beaches from Brooklyn?

The LIRR is the way to go. You take the LIRR to Freeport, then the NICE bus to Jones Beach. Or you can take the LIRR to Long Beach and walk to the beach--just a couple of blocks.

www.mta.info/lirr/getaways/Beach/index.htm

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2. Re: Getting to Long Island beaches from Brooklyn?

If you are renting a car take the Belt Parkway to the Southern State and you may have to start at the Gowanus Expressway to the Belt to the Southern State (they all lead into one another) from the area you are staying in. Just google Jones beach for an exact exit you should get off at.

It is very easy.

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3. Re: Getting to Long Island beaches from Brooklyn?

In case you dont want to drive to long island you can visit coney island, manhattan beach. Another option is to rent the car with GPS which help you navigated much faster in LI.

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5. Re: Getting to Long Island beaches from Brooklyn?

Please don't rent a car. It's insanely expensive in NYC, and totally not worth it when you are right by the LIRR. Jones beach is fine, but Long Beach is better and more convenient. Plus it has a great downtown area where you can eat and walk around.

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6. Re: Getting to Long Island beaches from Brooklyn?

Hi - if you want a little nicer beach just go further on the train - try taking the LIRR to fire island for the day. take the train from brooklyn (atlantic ave stop) to Bay Shore and then take a nice ferry ride to the town of Ocean Beach. Its very nice! google "fire island ferries" and the info will be there. good luck

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7. Re: Getting to Long Island beaches from Brooklyn?

Another option, closer and quicker is to take the #2 subway from Atlantic Terminal to Flatbush Ave/Brooklyn College stop. From there get the Q35 towards Rockaway Park, get off at Rockaway Beach Blvd/Beach 149th Street for Jacob Riis Park Beach , part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

http://www.nyharborparks.org/visit/jari.html

www.yelp.com/biz/jacob-riis-park-far-rockaway

This is our go-to beach when we dont want to spend a couple hours leaving Brooklyn to go elsewhere (the elsewhere is usually Sandy Hook rather than any of the LI Beaches -much more nature and far less crowded if you know where to go - but it is best accessed by car though). Maybe not as renovated as Jones, but far less crowded than Jones, Coney, and Manhattan Beach. Long Beach is nice, and does offer a lot of interesting restaurants and things a block inland, but personally we dont like large buildings right behind us when we are sitting on the sand - unless of course it is a nice resort that we are staying in! ;-)

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