Want to feel like you are not in New York City and have been transported to a tropical island....
Recommended Transportation: NYC Ferry!
What to pack: Towels, Beach Blanket, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hawaiian Shirt, Reusable water bottle, Wireless Speakers, Bathing Suits, Sweatshirts,
The Route: Pick up the NYC Ferry from Wall Street Pier 11, we'd suggest sitting on the top deck so that salty air fills your pores and prepares your skin for a day of tropical fun. Bring your bikes on board the ferry for just $1, there is even surfboard storage on the ferry!
From the NYC Ferry Landing jump on the free shuttle bus or take a short walk up to Shorefront Parkway (Boardwalk) and hang a left towards Beach 106th Street to visit Caracas Arepa Bar on the boardwalk. This concession is home of some of the greatest Venezuelan food, music and vibes. Their arepas are extremely satisfying at any time of the day, their famous Micheladas are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy and their Frozen Sangria's are a favorite amongst locals.
After soaking in the sun for a few hours, head up to the 97th Street Concession and grab a snack from one of these spots offering up some tropical vibes ; Ceviche from La Cevicheria, a Smoothie from La Fruiteria, Nachos from Super Burrito a Popsicle from CitySticks or a Colombian style arepa from Palenque.
Next to La Fruiteria is Boarders Surf Shop rent one of their bikes for a few hours- you're about hit the Rockaway streets! (If you forgot any beach essentials, Boarders has you covered.)
Peddle over to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Beach 87th Street to enjoy a strong margarita and get in line to snag one of those fish tacos from Tacoway Beach. Enjoy the outdoor patio seating lush in palms and tropical plants as you occasionally see the A Train passing overhead. (Check the Rockaway Beach Surf Club Instagram -or- Facebook the day you are going, as they play host to number of amazing summer parties and art openings.)
If you have it in you to take the ultimate bike ride down the boardwalk, head down to Beach 17th street and pay a visit to DredSurfer Grill, a Caribbean-American bar and grill with tons of tropical vibes.
The day isn't quite over yet, ride back towards beach 97th Street to return your bike but don't forget to stop at either Connolly's to get brain freeze from one of their frozen Pińa Coladas or Bungalow Bar for one of their frozen summer cocktails- the Pineapple Express is served in a whole pineapple and is sure to give you a little buzz.
Around the corner from Connolly's is Beach Bistro 96 which serves up delicious Brazilian bites and plays host to authentic Brazilian entrainment.