Beach resort near New York City
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Jul 22, 2009 10:20 AM Last Post By: VinnyD
Jul 21, 2009 1:45 AM
Beach resort near New York CityGreetings all,
With the euro-pound exchange rate still rubbish, was thinking of heading Stateside this September. New York City is sorted, but can anyone recommend any beach/seaside resorts within easy travelling distance for four or five days of downtime? (I'm thinkng somewhere a bit classier than Coney Island.....!) If there are public transport links, even better. And what will the weather be like late Sept?
Thanks in advance
Jul 21, 2009 6:13 AM
1Just to clarify for the hard of understanding, the clue to what I mean by "easy travelling distance" is in the rest of the same sentence: "For four or five days of downtime." In other words, any more than a three or four hours travelling would be a bit of a waste considering I only want to be away for four or five days. And, surprisingly for a Limey possibly, I am aware of the existence of such regions as Long Island, Rhode Island, etc, but was hoping for some more specific recommendations. If any American reader wanted recommendations for beach resorts in Europe, I promise I would offer more than "Spain." Thanks.
Jul 21, 2009 6:18 AM
Jul 21, 2009 11:44 AM
Judging from your follow-up reply, your best bet would be either the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore. RI isn't worth traveling for if your primary interest is the beach (at least this seems to be your primary interest). Although the weather will start to cool in September, it won't be cold (yet) and the water will still retain the summertime temps if you want to swim. You'll have to rent a car to visit either destination (or stay there/get around while you're there - there is little in the way of public transportation outside of the cities in the U.S.).
Specifically, visit East Hampton in the Hamptons (plenty of lodging options, nice public beaches, and you're near Montauk for a day trip).
On the Jersey Shore, it depends on what you're looking for:
Charming town/quiet/dry town/family friendly - Ocean Grove
Party/youth/wild (what's left after Labor Day) - Belmar
A little bit of everything and close to NYC - Sea Bright
Hope this helps-
Jul 22, 2009 5:07 AM
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Jul 22, 2009 5:25 AM
8There will be some hotels and motels etc that will close after mid October or so. I really don't think there's anything that would close in September.
There are some private beaches that may hire a life guard only through Labor Day, but you could still swim there (if you're a member of whatever group owns it).
I still think the period Labor Day through Columbus Day is the best time of year for beacdhes from Long Island down to Virginia.
OP. if you're thinking of East Hampton without a car, pay close attention to the distinction between East Hampton Town, everything east of Southampton on the South Fork, including the villages or areas of Wainscott, Sag Harbor (or part of it), East Hampton, Amagansett, Three Mile Harbor, Napeague, Montauk, etc. and the village of East Hampton which would be OK with just walking and a rented bike. The rest of the town would not be pleasant without a car. You'd take a taxi from the train or bus to your hotel and then be stuck in the room, probably many miles from either a bike rental place or a beach.
Jul 22, 2009 5:59 AM
9Vinny D, thanks for the info re East Hampton.
bzookaj - nice comeback
Anyone else - am still open to suggestions for anywhere else on Long Island within a taxi ride of an LI Railroad station. Not looking for Partyville, just a clean hotel, a nice stretch of beach, and a couple of reputable bars/restaurants.....
Jul 22, 2009 6:20 AM
Jul 22, 2009 6:34 AM
11Hi Websterlla. Thanks for your very valuable and insightful input. From Googling various destinations along the LI Railroad, I see that there are actually quite a few hotels near beaches, that many are a short taxi ride from the railroad stations, and that I can then access most nearby amenities by bicycle. What exactly am I "not understanding"?
Jul 22, 2009 7:47 AM
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Jul 22, 2009 8:51 AM
14Did you get to Cape May by public transport, cbee? From New York? My cousin did it once and said he would never do it again. It's possible with a bus to Atlantic and an infrequent and very slow bus from there to Cape May but it was no fun.
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