Whether you’re heading to Queens for sun or surf, make this boutique stay your beachside base for exploring the Rockaways.
When you think of New York, waves lapping on a golden stretch of sand are unlikely to spring to mind. However, many New Yorkers can tell you that when summer hits – or winter swells summon the surfer scene – their thoughts turn to Rockaway Beach. Set on a finger-like peninsular in south Queens, it’s a beach town hopping with lively bars, food trucks and a beachfront boardwalk that stretches for miles. Fancy more than just a day trip? The Rockaway Hotel is a swish urban getaway with the shimmering Atlantic on one side and distant Manhattan skyline twinkling on the other. Here’s how to make a stay of it in the Rockaways…
For pretty much everything you’ll need for a great day hanging beachside, head to the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. It opens early in the summer season and hosts a wide range of beach-friendly outlets from ice-cream vendors and taco joints to vintage clothes and surf shops. The buzzy hub also features regular live entertainment, plus it’s worth having a poke around the old derelict bath house – a grand Thirties-era slab of Art Deco architecture.