Coney Island Beach
Brooklyn’s iconic seafront is home to a generous stretch of sand backed by a boardwalk and vast array of amusements. This is the beach people instantly think about when you mention NYC beaches, and judging by the summer crowds it is the one they go to as well!
Only marginally less busy than nearby Rockaway, Coney Island beach is guaranteed to be jam-packed when the mercury hits the red. And as for Memorial Day, it’s pretty much standing room only! This shouldn’t be much of a surprise as Coney Island is one of New York’s most easily accessible beaches and a great place to cool down in the reliable sea breeze. The water here is also just about acceptably clean enough and safe, with seasonal lifeguards on duty.
For those looking for a something a little more energetic than just chilling out on the beach there are basketball, beach volleyball and handball courts on and next to the beach along with kids playgrounds.
Being located in one of the most happening cities on the planet means there’s plenty going on around the beach. The boardwalk is lined with various cafes and bars plus an aquarium and a range of shops and arcades.
Out of season the contrast couldn’t be more stark. With the amusements shut and everything boarded up for the winter it can feel almost eerie. That doesn’t mean nobody uses the beach at Coney Island during this time of year. A number of swimming clubs are based here including the Coney Island Polar Bear Club who hold an annual New Year’s Day swim.
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