Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways
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 with millions of visitors.
Beach goers can enjoy the sand and water, the variety of concessions, and the city's only legal surfing beaches. Rockaway Beach is also home to a variety of playgrounds and other outdoor activities.
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.
Surf Beach: Yes
Surf beaches are located between Beach 68 - Beach 71 Street, Beach 87 - Beach 91 Street, and Beach 110 - Beach 111 Street.
Additional rules apply to the surf beaches: Download Surf Beach Rules (PDF, 323KB)
Kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding areas are at Beach 32 Street and at Beach 57 Street.
Bicycle and Skate Path: Yes (Bicycle path along the boardwalk)
Boardwalk: Yes (closed 10:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.)
Concession Stand: Yes (B.17th Street, B.86th Street Island, B.97th Street Island, and B.106th Street Island.)
Mobile Charging Station: Yes (B. 108th St, B. 97th St, B. 84th St.)
New York City beaches have closed for the season, and will re-open to swimming on May 23, 2020.
About NYC Public Beaches
NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches. Beaches are open from Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2019. 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 Quality Advisories or Closures - Visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s New York City Area Beaches page for water quality advisories or closures before you head to the beach.
Be WaterSafe - 10 Tips to Stay Water Safe in New York
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
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- 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
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