From surfers to hipsters to The Ramones, everyone wants to "hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach." It's the cleanest beach in the New York City area, and the best bet for ocean waves. It's way down at the end of the A-train line, but rental cars in New York City will make it easy for you to take your time and explore the surrounding area. Make a day of it, and go to the beach that makes you feel like you've left the city!
Driving Through Rockaway Beach
From JFK International Airport, it's just fifteen miles west on Belt Parkway and then south on Cross Bay Boulevard to the best beaches around. Once you are on the peninsula, look for parking for your Rockaway Beach car rentals—there are free lots at 95th Street. Stroll along the boardwalk listening to the waves and watching the seagulls. Food vendors offer everything from lobster rolls to burgers, BBQ, tacos, arepas, and smoothies.
Beach facilities are wide-ranging and, like the beach itself, notably clean. The vibe is fun and family-oriented. Rental cars in Rockaway Beach can take you to a great day-trip destination for flying kites, surfing, catching a beautiful sunset, and hearing nightly concerts. There are even beginner-friendly lessons at the surf club. All of this makes it hard to believe that Rockaway was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It has since become a testament to sustainable rebuilding, and the area has been truly revitalized.
With cheap rental cars in Rockaway Beach, you can visit Jacob Riis Park, then drive up Flatbush Avenue to explore the hidden gem of Bottle Beach, where antique glass litters the shore. When you're ready to look for New York vacations, Travelocity makes it easy. So plan a trip to Rockaway now, and if you bundle a hotel and flight with Travelocity, you can save up to $537!