If there is one thing that can heal the soul, it's the sound of the ocean.
Mode of Transportation: If you have it in you, ride your bike to the beach- then you have wheels for a day of exploring. The NYC Ferry is always a great option that starts running around 6 am and you can bring your bike aboard the ferry for $1.
What to pack: Yoga mat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Beach Towel, Beach Blanket Sweatshirt, Sneakers, Beach Hat, Bug Spray
Grabbing breakfast at Brother's at the Beach 106th Street concession is a must. Their organic homemade creations are made from finest ingredients and they even grow their own micro-greens for their egg sandwiches!
Depending on if you want to do yoga on a mat, on the sand or on the water, Rockaway offers a number of satisfying classes. Be sure to pickup a Ladies of Business Rockaway map at one of these studios.
A-Team Padding Boarding offers stand up paddle board yoga and pilates on the bay.
Rockaway Love is a local favorite, offering mat classes in their studio on Rockaway Beach Blvd and Beach 90th Street, sometimes they move their classes to the beach or boardwalk.
All Seasons Retreat offer a number of different classes ranging from pilates, restorative yoga and zumba on Beach 116th Street..
NYC Parks Department offers a number of beach yoga classes throughout the summer on the sand and Zumba classes in the evening around Beach 108th Street.
For a nice lunch, head over to La Fruteria at the Beach 97th Street Concession, the Beach Bistro 96 serves up some authentic Brazilian dishes, and Chicks 2 Go has delicious Peruvian roasted chicken and an insanely good salads.
The Wilderness Yard on Rockaway Beach Blvd is a nice place to stop and pick up herbal tea, juice, essential oils and incense. If you find yourself heading uptown, pop into Coastal Frozen Yogurt for a sweet treat, visit the girls at Local Liquids on Beach 116th Street for a fresh juice or smoothie, or enjoy a delicious cold brew coffee from Cuisine by Claudette. On 129th Street, the boutique End of the A stocks a beautiful selection of beach wares, candles, perfumes and jewelry.
For a relaxing evening, visit the Rockaway Buddist Insights for one of their mediation sessions or workshops, the Rockaway Retreat House also has meditation and workshops along with massage and acupuncture. Both Integrative Therapeutic Massage and NurtureU Wellness can provide you with an in-home massage services.
If you are looking to connect with the ocean, you can rent surfboards and standup paddleboards from Boarders Surf Shop at Beach 97th Street Concession or on Beach 92nd street and Rockaway Beach Boardwalk.
Those looking for a little self reflection in the wilderness and don't mind taking on an adventure; head over to the Jamaica Wildlife Refuge, explore Fort Tilden, ride down to Edgemere Farm on B45th Street, or make the journey to Dead Horse Bay to find some glass treasures.
When you have to head back to Manhattan or Brooklyn, there is no better way to experience a sunset then on the NYC Ferry. If you are lucky enough to spend the night in Rockaway, head up to Caracas Arepa Bar at Beach 106th Street and enjoy one of their frozen sangrias that pretty much match the color of our sunset sky.