A while back, my friends and I dipped out of school and headed to Long Beach, NY for the day. Finding a beach near NYC is a hot topic in the summer for those of us living in Manhattan. Long Beach in Long Island is one of the nicer beaches that city dwellers from Manhattan go to in the summers. It’s also the place to go to if you want to surf in NY.
Long Beach – A Beach Near NYC
Long Beach is on the south shore of Long Island in Nassau County, New York. It’s located on a coastal barrier island in the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches here are private so they’re well-maintained, but they allow public access for swimming and sun-bathing.
Boardwalk, beach, nightlife, and surf – that’s Long Beach. Lots of young people live here because it has a very summery, almost Southern California vibe for Long Island.
The boardwalk is always full of runners, bikers, and walkers. All in all, it’s a great place to check out on one of those lazy, hazy days of summer. It’s often voted one of the best beaches to go to if you live in Manhattan.
Hurricane Sandy really hit this area hard. The houses, especially along the shore, got destroyed. But the boardwalk and neighborhoods have been rebuilt even better than before.
Charming beach homes that have been there since the 1900’s sprinkle the coastline among the new beach condos. Most of the homes are made of stucco and brick.
Even though this is the Atlantic Ocean and not the aqua waters of the Caribbean, it’s still a pretty, peaceful view. A lot of people prefer this beach over the ones in Brooklyn or Queens.
If you look east and west the sand melts into the horizon like it can continue forever.
Beaches Close to Manhattan
It is easy to get to Long Beach from Manhattan via the Long Island Railroad (about 50 minutes). Long Beach also holds a lot of fun festivals and events. Some include Crossfit competitions, the Long Beach International Film Festival, Long Beach Movie Nights, and Irish Festival (a drunken extravaganza).
Long Beach is a nice, laid-back town that is good for a quiet afternoon or a fun beach day. What’s some of the best beaches that you’ve been to?