Blue Skies at Rockaway Beach ~ Queens, New York

Located about 40 minutes away from Williamsburg, Brooklyn – a car drive that includes a couple of turns and two long stretches of road – lies Rockaway Beach in the borough of Queens. This is the largest urban beach in America; its wide stretches of sand and dunes extend along a peninsula that juts into the Atlantic Ocean.

Large apartment complexes and new residential developments line the Shore Front Parkway, along with a few green spaces and handball courts. From one of the only waterfront eating spots along the parallel Ocean Promenade Walkway, your meal choices start with fish n chip fare, and end with Oreo Cookie Italian Ice for dessert. Throw in a couple of margaritas from the adjoining Sand Bar, and enjoy the simple pleasure of watching life pass by; frequently interrupted by the sight of planes overhead, either taking off from, or approaching to land in, nearby JFK airport.


42 thoughts on “Blue Skies at Rockaway Beach ~ Queens, New York

  1. It looks like paradise. I love the last one and the food photos. But they are all lovely, really. Perfect blue sky! πŸ™‚

  2. Mmm Margartias on the beach.. Wonderful. Lovely shots Marina. It’s nice that you can still get to a beach fairly easily. You’d suffer terrible withdrawal I’d imagine if you couldn’t.

    • You’re right on that Adrian. I need the beach and though I make do with the East River, there’s nothing like the ocean air. Margaritas were good – strong! thank you!

    • Don’t say it – I can’t watch Jaws! Glad you liked it Roger. It’s not the typical sightseeing spot in NYC but definitely worthy of a visit if you’re missing some ocean air.

    • Thanks Lucy! yes, there’s Rockaway as well as Brighton beach in Brooklyn. Rockaway is much cleaner and less populated. The day was fab – the next day, it rained so we got lucky!

  3. I love this area and if you drive down further to the Gateway State Park you will see the most beautiful pristine beaches as well as the abandoned remains of Fort Tilden. You captured Rockaway Beach so beautifully!

  4. You are lucky to have the ocean and such a beatiful beach so close to you, Marina! I have always adored sand dunes. πŸ™‚
    A really beautiful photo essay, makes me long for a beach day …
    Love those food shots, too!

  5. What an amazing blue sky!!! Sounds like a great day with simple food and nice cocktails πŸ™‚ What a treat! πŸ˜€ Can’t wait even more now to go home and just enjoy the beach and the sunshine (hopefully) πŸ™‚

  6. Beautiful photos and beach! I really must venture out of Manhattan/Brooklyn next time I’m out there. Counting the months until I’m back in NYC again!


    • Hi Daisy! I don’t blame you for staying in Brooklyn and Manhattan while you’re in NY – there’s always so little time. This is a great spot to go on a good day when you’re in need of sun, blue skies, and a neverending ocean. A revitaliser from the urban πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    • Hi Jenny! Yes, it is close and while it doesn’t have the vibe of the Hamptons, it is a spot to go to if you’re in need of some fresh air and ocean scenes. I’m glad that there was a bar in their only food spot! Thanks!

  7. Incredibly blue sky! I wish I could get that nice blue in some of my photos. I’ll have to put the destination on my “to visit” list. It looks like a lot of fun.

    • Hi Mike! Rockaway is a great place to go for the day. I recommend a packed lunch, and the bar for some drinks. If you have time, definitely pay it a visit πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    • Thanks so much fergiemoto, for your comment πŸ™‚ It does get a little too much, being in the urban build up. It was a lovely spot to rest the eyes and just enjoy the summer day.

  8. Nice pictures! Be careful on that beach. It’s a dangerous beach because of rip tides. Every year more people drown on that beach than any other beach on Long Island.

    Great post!

    • It is such a contrast from the building upon building skyline πŸ™‚ A little bit of a drive but the beach is there when you’re in need of ocean and sand πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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