I can’t believe Memorial Day weekend is here – already. We’ve experienced an odd spring in New York with lots of rain, some scorching temperatures, and a host of unseasonably cold days. In other words, Mother Nature needs to get it together! Regardless of rain or shine, though, NYC beach season is upon us, and with that comes escaping New York for the beach. Ready for a long, lingering walk along the coast? Here’s how to get to the beach.
Take the NYC Beach Bus to Queens and Long Island Beaches.
If you’re longing for a day of sun and sand, the NYC Beach Bus starts making trips this Memorial Day weekend. Picking up and dropping off in Union Square, Williamsburg, and Downtown Brooklyn, the bus has added pickups and returns this season at 42nd and 9th in Times Square, which is super convenient for uptowners like me. Head out of the city to Jones Beach, Rockaway Beach, Jacob Riis Beach, and Fire Island, or Mountain Creek Water Park in New Jersey.
Bus fares are affordable too – they start at just $12 one way. If you’re feeling super adventurous, you can opt for the Beach Bus’s “Beach Crawl” and travel to a unique beach in New York or New Jersey each trip. That sounds totally fun!
Hop the Jitney and go to the Hamptons.
For car-less Hamptons-goers, the Jitney is the way to go. With pickups on both the East and West Sides of Manhattan as well as in Brooklyn (see schedules), the Hampton Jitney offers rides from morning until night. Yes, you’ll have some traffic on the LIE and Sunrise Highway for sure, but those buses are uber-comfy and you might meet some interesting peeps on the way. Fares start at just $28 round trip, so even a day in the Hamptons shouldn’t kill your monthly budget.
Ride NJ Transit to North Jersey Beaches.
Want to head to Jersey for the day or weekend? Hop on NJ Transit and make your way to Long Branch, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach, or Belmar. These beaches are close enough to NYC and are a viable option for daytrippers. Can’t you feel the warm sugar sand between your toes just thinking about it?
Drive to South Jersey Beaches.
And for those lucky enough to have a set of wheels, the South Jersey Shore is the spot for a relaxing or party-filled beach weekend. I’m partial to Jersey beaches myself since I grew up going to North Wildwood and eventually Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, and Avalon. Just gas up and drive south on the Garden State Parkway until you smell the sea.
Don’t miss out on the NYC beach season – what are your plans?