New York City Area Beaches

Every summer, New York City’s beaches are a favorite recreation destination. The NYC Health Department is responsible for beach surveillance and monitoring for all permitted City Beaches. This consists of routine water quality monitoring as well as compliance inspections of beach facilities. The results of routine water quality monitoring and compliance inspections are compiled in the Annual Surveillance and Monitoring Beach Reports.

Know Before You Go

Save time by finding out beach water quality conditions before you go. Sign up to receive free text alerts on beach water quality advisories and closures. You can also call 311 or Text BEACH to 877-877 to get real-time opening, closing and water quality information before you head to the beach.

NYC Beach Conditions

Water quality conditions are analyzed on a regular basis and beaches are classified as either "Open for Swimming," "Under Advisory," or "Closed – Restricted for Swimming and Wading." If a beach is closed to bathers, or if there are advisories due to wet weather conditions or increased pollution levels, up-to-date information will be available here or by calling 311.

OPEN Open - Swimming and wading permitted
ADVISORY Advisory - Swimming and wading not recommended
CLOSED Closed - Swimming and wading not permitted.


Beaches classified as “Closed” or “Advisory” may be contaminated with sewage or storm runoff. Contact with contaminated water may cause illnesses such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, respiratory illness and infections. Children, pregnant women, the elderly and the chronically ill are at higher risk of increased illness. If you or someone you know become sick from swimming, print and fill out our Illness Complaint Form.

The map below indicates the eight public beaches operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as well as the 13 beaches run by private beach clubs. To see the current status of a beach, browse the map below. Click on the beach name to see detailed water quality information.




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