Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
New York City beach season has ended. Beaches re-open in 2014 on Memorial Day.
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
On Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th Street, Neponsit
From surfers to swimmers to the Ramones, everyone wants to "hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach." Rockaway Beach is a year-round resource for residents all along the Rockaway peninsula, and it comes alive each summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend with millions of visitors.
Beach goers can enjoy the sand and water, the variety of concessions, and the city's only legal surfing beach, located between 67-69 Street and 87-92 Street. Rockaway Beach is also home to a variety of playgrounds and other outdoor activities.
Rockaway Beach Restoration
Visit the Rockaway Beach Restoration page to find more about the long-term plans for Rockaway Beach.
Directions and Parking
Free parking lots at B. 11th to B. 15th Street and B. 95th Street; free street parking.
During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.
This is an accessible beach. Beach mats are available at B. 17th Street, B. 86th Street, B. 90th Street, B. 92nd Street, B. 94th Street, B. 101 Street, B. 103rd Street, B. 108th Street, and B. 116 Street.
Surf Beach: Yes. Surf beaches are located between 67-69 Street and 87-92 Street.
Please note that additional rules apply to the surf beaches: Download Surf Beach Rules (PDF, 323KB)
Bicycle and Skate Path: No
Boardwalk: Yes (closed 10:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.)
Concession Stand: Yes (B.86th Street Island, B.116th Street Island, B.97th Street Island, and B.106th Street Island)
About NYC Public Beaches
NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches, all of which are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.
Water & Sun Safety - The do's and don'ts of water safety
Rip Currents - Safety tips and information provided by The National Weather Service regarding the dangers of rip currents.
Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
Know Before You Go
There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this park is closed until further notice.
Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2014
Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather
- This Weekend In Parks
- Army Corps Awards $26.4 Million Second Sand Pumping Contract For Post-Sandy Rockaway Beach Restoration As First Contract Sand Starts Pumping
- New Bicycle And Kayak Rental Concession Selected For Jamaica Bay
- Recycle and Reuse: Wearable Art and Masks
- Rockaway Community Park Coastal Clean-up
- Spring Creek Coastal Clean-up
- Exploring Our Climate
- Barbecuing Areas
- Baseball Fields
- Basketball Courts
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Bocce Courts
- Cricket Fields
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Football Fields
- Golf Courses
- Handball Courts
- Hiking Trails
- Kayak/Canoe Launch Sites
- Model Aircraft Fields
- Nature Centers
- Paddleboat Rentals
- Roller Hockey
- Skate Parks
- Soccer Fields
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
Know when to go:
View upcoming athletic area usage in
Beach 9 Playground
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Rockaway Beach Boardwalk
Rockaway Community Park
Spring Creek Park