My friends and I hit up Rockaway Beach last weekend for the ultimate beach adventure! I never realized how many great beaches there are in NYC. Is it just me? Rockaway is definitely one of the gems! Best of all, it’s accessible by subway. (How did I not discover this sooner?!)
As soon as we arrived, we stopped for a snack. Priorities! There’s a boardwalk right near the beach, with tons of different food vendors (Mexican food, American, beer, juice bars, ice cream — you name it!). We picked up some food and drinks, and sat down with our snacks. These Trader Joe’s organic blue corn tortilla chips with sprouted amaranth, quinoa and chia seeds were a big hit! I also ordered a Del’s Shandy — basically the same as a summer shandy. Lemony beer… way better than lemonade!
Eventually, we ventured down to the beach for the remainder of the afternoon. It really wasn’t too crowded! We found a spot and plunked down.
That night, we stayed at the Playland Motel, which is just a short walk from the beach. It was super convenient and close to all of the bars, restaurants and coffee shops we visited as well. (Thinking about it now though, I am curious to try Airbnb next time. It would also be cheaper.)
On our last morning, we stumbled upon the cutest juice bar/coffee shop called Anna Bow. I was obsessed with the colorful mural out front! How fun!
I ordered an iced coffee with almond milk (not pictured) and mango chia pudding. This hit the spot! Perfect refreshing breakfast for a hot day. Yum! I’m excited to recreate it at home.
After hitting the beach on Sunday, we headed to Rockaway Beach Surf Club for snacks and drinks. I opted for a margarita. (PS — check out all the cool murals in the background!)
I also ordered tofu tacos from Tacoway Beach, a pop-up / food stand dealio inside the bar. All I can say is YUM! These were some of the best tacos I’ve ever had, and yes, they had tofu in them. That good. And the guac was extra. Obvi worth it. 😉
The weekend went by SO fast, but I’m really glad we went! I’m already thinking about my next visit to Rockaway.
For anyone else in the NYC area, I highly recommend checking out Rockaway for a weekend, or even the day. Not only is it accessible by subway, but there’s no fee for the beach (like many other beaches, e.g. Long Beach), and all the food options are affordable (and downright delicious!). 😀