Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach

My husband and I played hooky one day last week and headed to the Rockaways. Come explore NYC with me as I travel to Rockaway Beach!

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The Rockaways are one of my favorite places. Located on a peninsula in the far reaches of Queens, the Rockaways are part of NYC, however the beachside community has a much more laid back vibe than most of the city.

Rockaway Beach stretches from Beach 9th Street in Far Rockaway to Beach 149th Street in Neponsit. We took the train from Manhattan and got off at 116th Street, the last stop on the Rockaway Park Shuttle. The station is surrounded by restaurants and convenience stores. We picked up snacks and drinks and made our way to the beach, just a couple blocks away.

Joel couldn’t wait to check out the ocean! It’s the only place to surf in NYC, and there are some decent waves.

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeSince we weren’t planning to do a lot of swimming, we chose a spot in a no-swim zone. The rest of the beach was crowded, but it was quiet surrounding us.

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little Home

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeThe wind kept catching our umbrellas and threatening to blow away our chairs!

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeOur neighbors had quite the set up … at least three umbrellas and countless mats! At one point, it looked like they were building a fort.

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeI forced Joel to take some pictures of me before we settled down.

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little Homeshirt: similiar; shorts: same/diff. color, similar; hat: similar; sunglasses: similar

This chambray popover is one of my all-time favorite pieces. I wear it year round, and it’s the perfect swimsuit cover-up, too.

What do you think of my hat? I can’t decide if I like it or not. The high crown makes me feel a little Pharrell-esque;)

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little Home

You can see how crowded it was toward Beach 116th Street!

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeWe finally settled in and started relaxing. The weather was amazing that day, and I didn’t move until my butt started hurting (ha).

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little Home

Explore NYC with Me: Beach Necessities | Hello Little HomeI attended an event earlier this summer and one of the giveaways was this Land’s End tote. It was a major score, and I’ve been carrying it everywhere this summer.

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeWe finally got up to do a little splashing. The water was cool and refreshing.

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeThe only thing sharing the beach with us at that point  were the seagulls.

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeAfter a few hours in the sand, we started to make our way back to civilization.

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeExplore NYC with Me: Caracas Rockaway | Hello Little HomeThe Rockaways were badly damaged during hurricane Sandy, and you can see the effects throughout the community. The beach and boardwalk are still being restored, but a lot of the beach facilities have reopened.

We stopped by Caracas for a few beers before saying adieu to the beach. Next time, I want to try their arepas. They looked so good!

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Beach | Hello Little HomeWe had other plans though and headed to Rockaway Taco, which is located on Beach 96th Street. Last September when we visited the beach, it was closed. We’ve been waiting a year to try their tacos!

It was so good that I sent Joel back for another round. The guac and drinks were delicious, too.

Explore NYC with Me: Rockaway Taco | Hello Little HomeAt that point it was getting dark, and we headed home. I had such a great time that I’m hoping we’ll make it back at least once more this year!

Did you make it to the beach this summer?

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Ahhh the beach! I am jealous!! My sister just moved up there a few weeks ago… I cannot wait until summer so I can take my daughter up and explore! I will have to show her your blog so she can follow you and find awesome things in NYC

Ahhh, love summer, love the beach pics. Two things 1) I have that Land’s End tote. 🙂 I got it as a Christmas gift a few years back and it’s awesome! 2) Perfect beach pedicure color there!
Gina – On the Daily Express

I love that you played hooky with you husband and went to the beach!! To be perfectly honest I’ve never thought of going to a beach in NY but it is such a great idea. I love what you wore and I also love reliving (even if briefly and virtually) the feeling of taking a nice stroll through the shoreline.

Visiting from the Fashion Informant!

Angie from reasons to dress

Oh how lovely! I love digging my toes in the sand! Ahhhhh

What an awesome day and the beach is gorgeous!

TFS!! It is so nice to see pictures of Rockaway Beach!! I grew up in Brooklyn, used to go to all the beaches around the area and currently reside in Germany (for the next few years). We have our forever home in Northern NY and miss it terribly. Looks like you both had a wonderful day!!

Stopping by from Sew Crafty Angel’s Wake Up Wednesday Linky party and a co-host.

My mother and father in law grew up here in the 50’s. Thanks for sharing your nice pictures!

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