Between 98th st & 102nd st
Definitely the healthy option. It'll take you about 1.5 hours from Williamsburg but you'll see some great views crossing bridges and passing through some great natural sites.
Bikely has a few great routes to take. Sample route
Travel time: 1.5hr
Probably the most enjoyable way to get to us. NYC Ferry leaves from Wall st/Pier 11 and Sunset Park every hour and will take about 45min to get to the beach. They offer amazing views of the city, wifi and refreshments.
Travel time: 45min
Just hop on the A train and transfer to the S train at Broad Channel. Get off at Beach 98th st and your just a couple blocks from the beach.
Travel time: 50min
Rockaway is one of the friendliest and always-changing beach towns in New York that is loaded with cool things to do. At Rockaway Beach, located on the coast of Queens, beachgoers will find some of the best tacos, laid-back outdoor bars and awesome shops selling vintage and trendy surfer apparel. Aside from that, Rockaway has a killer art and entertainment scene in addition to its supportive-community vibe. Check out the area’s art galleries at Fort Tilden as well as some of the restaurants and bars which host live music every night of the week. Whether you go to hang ten, get a tan or stuff your face with grub from the boardwalk, there is undoubtedly something for everyone at "Rock-Rock, Rockaway Beach." To many, it's as close as you'll get to paradise in New York City!
For all things Rockaway go check out RockawayBeachClub.nyc. They have the low down on events, concerts, best bars and places to eat and some great tips on how to spend the day at Rockaway Beach.
Head over to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club if you want to try the best taco's in the NY and wash it down with a margarita. The spot originated as a hangout where surfers could store their boards and commune, now it's fostering a scene something like a Venice Beach way of Bud-Sty.
Take a short 7min walk from the beach and you'll find the Rockaway Brewing Co. 3,600sqft of an industrial garage, lined with picnic tables and good vibes. With amazing food, great beer and live music its a must go to when visiting Rockaways.