Summer Guide '09: Local surf and sand
Coney Island beach is a favorite summer spot among New Yorkers. Photo: Getty
By Perrie Samotin
For New Yorkers without summer shares or vacation homes, bumming around the beach isnt as easy as opening a back door. Good thing theres enough nearby sand to sustain us through the summer. Go ahead and plan a day trip to any of these affordable and super-close beaches.Long Island
Get there: LIRR to Long Beach
Every summer, a mix of Long Islanders and day-trippers hit Long Beach for its stretch of sand and bustling nightlife. For city folks, getting there is a cinch on the LIRR. Enjoy a 2-mile-long boardwalk where beachcombers can stroll or bike. Beach passes are typically $10 day.
Get there: LIRR to Freeport, then transfer to the N88 Jones Beach bus
Famous for both its 2,413-acre beach as well as its theater, Jones Beach State Park boasts eight beaches for both swimming and surfing. Not into sand? There are two pools as well.
Get there: LIRR to Bayshore, then a ferry to
A viable alternative to the scene at the Hamptons, Fire Islands charms are many, including a no-car policy, laid-back beach bars and Ocean Beachs lively scene.
New York City
Get there: No. 6 train to Pelham Bay, transfer to Bx12 or Bx5 bus
The only public beach in the Bronx, Orchard Beach, or the Bronx Riviera as its sometimes known, is a mile-long strip created during the 1930s.
Expect crowds of locals catching rays, a promenade, a central pavilion with food and specialty shops, two playgrounds, picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball and handball.
Get there: Staten Island Ferry to the S51 or S81 bus
It might not be the South Beach you prefer, but this underappreciated gem of a beach offers fishing, a boardwalk, bocce and shuffleboard.
Get there: B, Q trains
to Brighton Beach
Apart from its sand and surf, Brighton Beach has always been a popular summer spot for New Yorkers, offering a boardwalk filled with authentic Russian restaurants boasting ocean views, shops and lots of lively nightspots.
Get there: D, Q, N or F train to Stillwell Ave.
Apart from three miles of sandy beach, the famous Coney Island offers plenty of recreation, such as volleyball, handball and basketball, as well as a long boardwalk and Astrolands beloved amusement rides.
Jacob Riis Park
Get there: No. 2 train to Brooklyn College-Flatbush Ave., transfer to Q35 bus to Riis Beach
Carved from a naval airfield, this beach has fallen into slight disrepair, though it still draws tons of local families looking to barbecue and catch rays without fanfare.
Get there: SeaStreak Ferry from Pier 11 or E. 34th St., then a short bus ride
Expect seven miles of peaceful beach at this New Jersey summer destination, including a nude perch at Gunnison Beach, a family-oriented North Beach and striking views of Manhattan .