Every summer, New York City’s beaches are a favorite recreation destination. The Health Department provides the latest water quality information to ensure that your trip to the beach will be a safe and healthy one. 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.
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The map below indicates the 8 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 or table below. Click on the beach name in the table below the map to see detailed
water quality information.
► See a mobile-enabled version of the NYC Beach Conditions.
Tips for Using Beach Map and Chart:
- Click on a beach name in the table below the map to zoom in on that beach.
- Use the Reset box at the bottom of any map to return to the original map view.
- After zooming in on the map (using the + on the upper left of the map), you can mouse over
any of the beaches to see the latest status.
Beach Classification Description & Table Key
Beaches which are classified as “Closed” or “Advisory” may be contaminated with sewage or storm runoff. Contact with contaminated water my 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.
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