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Far Rockaway Beach – The Best Beach in New York City

Far Rockaway Beach – The Best Beach in New York City

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Far Rockaway Beach - Location

Far Rockaway Beach is an excellent beach right in New York City. This little-known beach is located in the Queens borough of NYC.

Its exact address is:

Rockaway Beach, 90-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11694

 

Far Rockaway Beach - Contact Details

 

About Far Rockaway Beach

Far Rockaway beach is beautiful Beach, where you can enjoy walking bare-foot, swimming, fishing, kite flying and more.

The Boardwalk at Far Rockaway Beach

The Boardwalk at Far Rockaway Beach

It is relatively lesser known even to New Yorkers, and is therefore uncluttered by trash or crowds.

The beach spans more than 170 acres of sun and sand. Apart from the beach itself, there are 7 playgrounds for children, and adults can play volleyball or skate.

The Far Rockaway beach has NYC’s only surfing areas. The beach is also known for its striped bass and bluefish.

Little known fact: Although the Far Rockaway area is a part of New York City, it is actually located on the South Shore of Long Island.

 

What to see & do at the Far Rockaway Beach

Surfing at Far Rockaway Beach

Surfing at Far Rockaway Beach

The Far Rockaway beach is an awesome beach that stretches on and on – so you can swim, sunbathe, and snack to your hearts content.

It has a nice and long boardwalk, so you can just take a stroll and enjoy its beauty. You can also skate or enjoy playing volleyball.

When the surf’s up, you can get into your wet suits and ride the waves (beach area near 90th street is available for surfing). On calmer days, you can fish for the striped bass and bluefish.

You can also enjoy barbecuing on the beach – there are designated barbecue areas available.

Far Rockaway Beach Has Many Food Options

One of the Many Food Options

There are a ton of food options – bars, pubs & delis – on the boardwalk as well as within walking distance of the beach. Beaches on the 95th, 102nd, 108th, 116th streets are especially interesting for foodies.

Free Yoga – beginner Hatha Yoga – is available on the beach (Beach 108th St) on Saturdays during Summer.

There is also a gay beach at Riis Park (Boardwalk & 149th St).

 

Activities at the Far Rockaway Beach

  • Swimming
  • Sunbathing
  • Surfing
  • Barbecue
  • Skating
  • Volleyball
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Handball

 

Facilities at the Far Rockaway Beach

  • Skating Park at Far Rockaway Beach

    The Skating Park

    Spray showers

  • Water fountains
  • Bathrooms (near 105th St)
  • Barbecuing areas
  • Playground for kids (near 9th St)
  • Basketball courts
  • Baseball fields
  • Handball courts (near 9th St, 80th – 90th street)
  • Volleyball courts
  • Skating park (near 90th street)

 

Far Rockaway Beach Hours

Far Rockaway beach remains open to visitors all days of the week around the year.

The boardwalk is open from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.

 

How to reach Far Rockaway Beach

Aerial View of Far Rockaway Beach at Queens, New York City

Aerial View of Far Rockaway Beach at Queens, New York City

Although Far Rockaway beach is secluded and far off, it is easily accessible by public transport.

Since it is lucked away on a peninsula, it does take some time to reach it (about 1.5 hours from midtown Manhattan), but it is very much worth it!

 

 

By Train / Subway

You can take the ‘A’ train to Far Rockaway, and transfer to the ‘S’ (shuttle) train at the Broad Channel station. It stops at 90th, 98th, 105th, and 116th street stops. You can get off of the train at any of these stops, and walk two blocks up to the boardwalk.

You can also take the ‘L’ train to Broadway Junction, transfer to the ‘A’ train to Far Rockaway, and transfer to the ‘S’ train at the Broad Channel station.

If you are coming from Brooklyn, you can take the ‘J’ or ‘Z’ trains to Broadway Junction, transfer to the ‘A’ train to Far Rockaway, and transfer to the ‘S’ train at the Broad Channel station.

 

Far Rockaway Beach at Queens in New York City

Far Rockaway Beach at Queens in New York City

By Bus

You can take the Q22 from the bus terminal on Archer Avenue. You can also take the Q113 or N33 buses.

You can also take the Q53 from Woodhaven to the Cross Bay Bridge. You would need to get off at the 96th St stop, and walk 2 blocks to the beach.

 

Far Rockaway Beach Admission Fees

Far Rockaway beach has no admission tickets – it is completely free.

 

Quieter Moments at Far Rockaway Beach

Quieter Moments at Far Rockaway Beach

Far Rockaway Beach Parking

There is free parking on the side of Shorefront Pkwy on the diverse streets, as well as a parking lot between Beach 94th and 95th streets.

 

 

Other Tourist Attractions Near Far Rockaway Beach

 

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