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Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Beaches

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk

On Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th Street, Neponsit
(718) 318-4000

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.

Rockaway Beach Restoration

Visit the Rockaway Beach Restoration page to find more about the long-term plans for Rockaway Beach.

Directions and Parking

Directions

Directions via Google Maps

Parking

Free parking lots at B. 11th to B. 15th Street and B. 95th Street; free street parking.

Entrances

Due to the installation of berms and other service changes, entrances to Rockaway Beach have changed. Visit our Rockaway Beach Access page for more.

Beach Hours

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.

Beach Rules

Download Rockaway Beach Rules (PDF, 20KB)

Accessibility Symbol This is an accessible beach.

Amenities

Surf Beach: Yes
Surf beaches are located between Beach 68 - Beach 71 Street, Beach 87 - Beach 92 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.)

About NYC Public Beaches

NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches. 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.

Safety

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

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Tennis CourtsMarine Park

Marine Park's tennis courts will be closed for the season due to construction.

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

Rockaway Beach is closed for swimming for the season.

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