2. Cedar Grove Beach

Some of the best and least frequented beaches in New York city are tucked away on the far side of Staten Island. One of those hidden gems is Cedar Grove Beach. As a former beach bungalow colony, it’s also one of the NYC Park’s newest beach openings, making this summer a great time to get out and enjoy it before news of it spreads and the crowds ratchet up to the level of Brighton Beach or Coney Island.

As a part of Great Kills Park, Cedar Grove is located in one of the best natural areas of the city. If you are in search of a break from the urban environment but don’t want to travel too far away this is a perfect choice. Best of all, this beach has fine sand and swimmable waters, so bring a swimsuit.