Wanderlust Wednesday // Day Trip to The Rockaways

I love living in New York City, but in the summer it can get way too hot, humid and sticky to handle. When the temperature rises far above 80 on summer weekends, my favorite thing to do is escape the city and head to one of the many close beaches.

With Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut nearby, there are numerous options for a weekend beach trip, but many people don't realize you can make it to the shore with just the swipe of a metro card.

A summer tradition of mine is catching the A train and spending a day in The Rockaways. With a new bikini, sunglasses and sunscreen in tow, my boyfriend & I headed out to spend Saturday in The Rockaways.


Bikini // Shades
Rockaway is located in Queens and in the past few years the area has soared in popularity as a summer destination. The beach is long and there are many different areas to catch rays in. The part I usually go to is Beach 98 (A train to Broad Channel and catch the shuttle train to Beach 98) because it has a fun boardwalk with many shops, bars and places to get a bite.



A must-do in Rockaway is getting a fish taco from Tacoway Beach at Beach 87th Street (formerly Rockaway Taco, but the owners split up this year, hence the new name story here).

Tacoway Beach is located in the back of Rockaway Beach Surf Club, a fun spot for drinks and relaxing in their backyard garden. There will most likely be a line for tacos, but I promise the wait is worth it.

The backyard garden at Rockaway Beach Surf Club & Tacoway Beach


Other fun things to do in The Rockaways:
Jacob Riis Park Beach Bazaar // New this year is the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, an area of food stands, bars and live music on the gorgeous Jacob Riss Beach. This beach is a little quieter than Beach 98. A plus is you can arrive by boat! Catch the Rockaway Beach Ferry from Pier 11 and take a fun 55 minute boat ride to Riis Park.


By The Beach Coconuts // Cool off with a freshly cracked coconut! This is my favorite beach snack and there are outposts of By The Beach all over Rockaway Beach.




Surf and SUP Lessons // Take a surf or stand up paddle board lesson with New York Surf School.

Rockaway Beach Surf Club // Grab a drink at the colorful Rockaway Beach Surf Club. The outdoor garden is a gorgeous and fun space to relax with friends after a day at the beach, and TACOS!


Have you been to The Rockaways? What are your favorite summer day trips?


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