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Beaches near NYC that are accessible by public transit

New York City is not without its beaches (nearly a dozen across all boroughs but Manhattan). But sometimes you just want the adventure of getting out of town.

To that end, here are five beaches to consider, all accessible by public transportation, when you’re itching for an escape.

Plus, check out our beach finder.

Long Beach, Long Island

How to get there: Long Island Rail Road
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How to get there: Long Island Rail Road to Long Beach Station (1 hour from Penn Station), beach is within walking distance

What it'll cost you: $19 round trip off-peak for LIRR, plus $15/non-resident daily beach pass (FREE for children 12 and under), available for purchase at designated beach entrances; LIRR package $23.75 from Manhattan and Brooklyn, $20.50 from Jamaica (includes round-trip train ticket, beach admission, discounts at participating Long Beach vendors)

What to expect: Pick a spot along four miles of ocean beach, as well as stroll or rent a bike to explore the 2.2-mile Long Beach boardwalk -- rebuilt after superstorm Sandy -- which features a variety of concessions. Food trucks can also be found at Riverside Boulevard and the beach at Shoregasboard.

Jones Beach State Park, Long Island

How to get there: LIRR to Freeport Station
Photo Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin

How to get there: LIRR to Freeport Station (about 45 minutes from Penn Station), non-stop n88 NICE Bus from Freeport LIRR station to East or West Bathhouses or the Central Mall at Jones Beach (about 20 minutes)

What it'll cost you: $26 round trip off-peak for LIRR, $2.75/one way on NICE bus (coins, pay-per-ride MetroCards and unlimited ride MetroCards accepted); LIRR package $20.50 from Manhattan and Brooklyn, $17 from Jamaica (includes round-trip train ticket and bus transportation)

What to expect: The famed park features 6.5 miles of ocean beaches, as well as mini golf, basketball courts, a seven-mile bike path, picnic areas, food concessions, shuffleboard courts and the outdoor amphitheater.

Fire Island (Cherry Grove), Long Island

How to get there: LIRR to Sayville Station
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How to get there: LIRR to Sayville Station (about 1 hour 30 minutes from Penn Station), bus or taxi to Sayville Ferry (about 10 minutes), Sayville Ferry to Cherry Grove (about 20 minutes), beach is within walking distance

What it'll cost you: $26.50 round trip off-peak for LIRR, $5/bus or $6/taxi each way with Colonial Transportation (cash), $16 round-trip ferry service; LIRR package $33.25 from Manhattan and Brooklyn, $32.75 from Jamaica (includes round-trip train ticket, Colonial Taxi voucher and round-trip ferry voucher)

What to expect: One of several Fire Island beaches, Cherry Grove is next door to The Pines and, like that summer destination, is gay-friendly, too. Find plenty of beach, as well as restaurants and bars, on the barrier island.

Sandy Hook, New Jersey

How to get there: Seastreak ferry from East
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How to get there: Seastreak ferry from East 35th Street/FDR and Pier 11/Wall Street (about 30-50 minutes), shuttle to one of several beaches (5-10 minutes)

What it'll cost you: $45 round-trip ferry service ($5 bike fee), FREE for shuttle bus

What to expect: Experience the Jersey Shore at Sandy Hook Beach in Gateway National Park. Bring cash for the food trucks, and pack a bike for loops around Fort Hancock.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

How to get there: New Jersey Transit to
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How to get there: New Jersey Transit to Asbury Park (under two hours from Penn Station), taxi to the beach (5 minutes)

What it'll cost you: $32.50 round-trip for New Jersey Transit, $4-$6 taxi each way, plus $5/daily beach pass weekdays, $7/weekends (FREE for 12 and under)

What to expect: The resort town on the Jersey Shore draws crowds for its beach, as well as a boardwalk and plenty of options for shopping and dining (including the local favorite Porta Pizzeria).

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