The Definitive Guide To NYC’s Beaches This Memorial Day Weekend

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The Definitive Guide To NYC’s Beaches This Memorial Day Weekend

The Parks Department dropped the news that our beaches will open on Saturday through to September, with many offering free sunscreen. Here’s EVERYTHING you need to know. 

Ready for the long weekend? Well, we have some good news, NYC’s beaches will officially open to swimmers on Saturday! Even though the weather outlook isn’t good for tanning, for the first time, some are offering free sunscreen.

This pilot program will see the installation of 100 FREE sunscreen dispensers at beaches across the city in an attempt to combat skin cancer, largely thanks to a report from Comptroller Scott Stringer. All the dispensers were kindly donated by IMPACT Melanoma and Bright Guard and are expected to dish out 1000 liters of factor 30 sunscreen to the city’s sunseekers.

Here are our picks of the beaches for this weekend’s sandy fun, check them out:


Rockaway is gonna be crowded, know that going in, but if people watching is your thing you’ll see the full gambit of New York’s diversity here. They are also unveiling their shiny new boardwalk this weekend!

Everything is right there, so don’t worry if you forgot food and drink.

How to get there: the A train, the new NYC Ferry and of course the  NYC Beach Bus.

Jacob Riis Park

A beach destination for NYers since 1932, sadly this beach will probably be more crowded than its neighbor, Fort Tilden (see bellow). No need to bring your own food and drinks as there are plenty of services there.

How to get thereNYC Beach Bus , the Q35 bus and the New York Beach Ferry

Fort Tilden

Bring your own food, water (nothing in a glass bottle though), and beach supplies. Oh, and leave your cell at home, service there is crappy. It’s generally not crowded given the lack of services, so at least you’ll be able to relax.

How to get thereNYC Beach Bus or the Q35

Manhattan Beach

… in Brooklyn. It’s usually not as crowded as Coney Island, Rockaway or Jacob Riis, but probably not as quiet as Fort Tilden.

How to get there: the B or Q train (then walk a little) or jump on the B49 bus.

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