The Most Popular NYC Beaches on Instagram, Ranked

Catch a wave, bruh. 🌊


Not today. 📷 by @kevinswade.

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When one thinks of New York City, images of Lady Liberty or the Empire State Building might be first conjured. While the metropolis is better known for its concrete and skyscrapers, dwellers of the Big Apple are normal humans who do occasionally seek refuge from the asphalt on weekends. Especially come summertime when the temperatures start rivaling those of the actual jungle.

Lucky for New Yorkers, all boroughs are islands. That means a ton of shores to be exploited for summertime cool-down sessions a mere train ride away. Not everyone can shell out for a Hamptons time-share, but everyone can use a seascape staycay when the mercury rises to egg-frying peaks. The greatest city in the world has 14 miles of public beach coastline, might as well take advantage of it. If you indeed search Instagram, you'll find an abundance of NYC beaches that are just begging to be laid on.

So whether you're looking to hit up the most popular seaside Instagram location or craving peace and quiet on the least bustling sands, or even if you fancy yourself something of surf aficionado, we've got it covered. We dug into each beach's geotag to determine which shores were the most 'Grammed to help you determine where to go. Because let's face it, if it ain't 'Grammable, it's probably not worthy.

No more suffering in your AC-less living room or trying to find a shady corner in Central Park — it's time to throw on your cutest sundress, pack your 🔥🔥🔥 swimwear, fill up your MetroCard, hop on the A, and venture out to the ocean.

Sometimes, an ice cream cone is just not enough. 🍦💦

1. Rockaway Beach

Made popular by the hipsters, this beach is the East Coaster's surfing playground. The Rockaways encompass a huge stretch of coastline down by Jamaica Bay, but its namesake beach grew popular when Brooklynites became privy to its being an easy jaunt on the A train. It would never be the same again and now they have tacos. Possibly the best lure in history. 🌮

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2. Long Beach

The closest Long Island beach is a great spot for a fam jam or for getting away from the cool kid competition. Bring a picnic and make like a whale.

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3. Brighton Beach

Coney Island's middle child! Sandwiched between Coney Island Beach and the quieter Manhattan beach, Brighton Beach is culturally pretty rich: it's the Russian community's geographic enclave. Head to Brighton Beach to bathe, bronze and bask in the bomb borscht.

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4. Fire Island

This one may be more of a trek, but boy is it ever worth it. The island has zero paved roads or motorized vehicles, making for a truly checked out experience. It comprises many a beach, and one for each inclination: family? Party? Gay community? You name it, there's a beautiful sand bank for it. 🏖

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5. Coney Island Beach

Probably the most well known area in all of New York City's coastline, Coney Island has a famed history and an iconic boardwalk, which is home to the original Nathan's location and an amusement park to boot. Brave the family crowds and reward yourself with some franks 🌭 (preferably post-Cyclone ride).

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6. Manhattan Beach

Not to be mistaken with its Cali counterpart, this beach is at the far east end of Coney Island, meaning that it's much less crowded. It's also a pretty breathtaking area to walk around in before hitting the shore. You'll never believe houses like this exist in New York City.

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7. Fort Tilden

As the most remote of all beaches mentioned in this story, it's the chillest yet the toughest one to access. You come here to actually relax. It's not a scene, there's not much around, and the secret's not out... yet.

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Thanks, Instagram tags!

Now pick your poison and stay cool, all summer long. 😎


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