Day trip to Sandy Hook Beach near New York

New York can be pretty hot during summer so if you are thinking about going to a beach I can recommend taking the ferry to Sandy Hook. This is a beautiful peninsula in New Jersey, only a 50 minute boat trip from Manhattan. Just take a Seastreak ferry from East 35th Street or Wall Street.

Tickets are 45 USD for round trip and they can be bought at the dock prior to boarding. On a weekend it is wise to be at the dock early because lines build up pretty quickly and there aren’t many seats available outside on the ferry, if that’s what you are aiming at.

Worth noting is also that there is a north and south dock and there is really no way of knowing which of these the boat till stop by. Follow the locals and you have a decent chance of chosing the right one. They are next to each other so you will be fine either way.

The ferry ride is an event in itself, you go under the bridges on the east side, including Brooklyn Bridge of course. And you also pass under the impressive Verrazano Narrows Bridge on the way to New Jersey.

Verrazano Narrows Bridge

Once the boat stops at Sandy Hook a school bus will take you to the beach of your choice, but you need to decide where you want to go, since there are different buses for each destination. Buses are included in the ferry ticket price.

North Beach, Sandy Hook
We chose to go to North Beach which is one of the closest to the ferry stop. It was a really nice beach and I can only assume that this is one of the best beaches close to New York. It’s a very large beach so there’s enough room for everyone, the sand was nice and, according to other visitors, it had unusually high waves when we visited.

Currents were quite strong and it was not suitable for small children to swim without an adult. The water was warm and it was very cool to swim with the Manhattan skyline in the horizon. Highly recommended.

Bring your own snacks since you can’t buy any food on North Beach, just drinks from a vending machine by the dressing rooms.

Back in New York – Dinner at Ruby’s

Last Thursday, we landed in New York for the second time this year. The Big Apple greeted us with a heat wave and about 34 C. Quite a difference from our February visit when it was as low as -15 C. After a short meet up midtown with an old friend we went down to Nolita and Ruby’s Café, a small and intimate restaurant on Mulberry Street.

It doesn’t take reservations so we had to wait about 20 minutes to get seated, but it was worth it.

Ruby's Café, Nolita, New York

I had the Creamy Chicken Pasta which I definitely can recommend. And as always in the US, the portion sizes were quite big. Since we were both tired from jetlag and incredibly warm we didn’t even manage to finish the whole meal. Maybe next time…

Here’s a photo of the delicious creamy chicken from Ruby’s on Instagram:

New York: Roosevelt Island Tramway

During our trip to New York in February we managed to tick off a few things on our bucket lists, like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Another fun activity that might be a little less known is to take a ride on the Roosevelt Island Tramway. It’s only a short trip from the station on 2nd Ave on Manhattan to Roosevelt Island.

The ride offers some great views of East River and close views of some nearby luxury apartments that the tram passes.

It’s a fun trip and if you have a MetroCard it doesn’t cost anything extra. You just swipe your card and enter.

Roosevelt Island Tramway

Take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge

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We visited New York in February this year and although it was really cold, at least the skies were clear. If you want to explore the famous Brooklyn Bridge and snap a classic picture like the one below, you can take the A or C subway to Brooklyn (High Street) and then walk back over the bridge.

That way you can cover the whole distance of the bridge without having to do it twice. This walk is supposedly best at sunset when you can see the Manhattan skyline as silhouettes but it was absolutely ok during daytime as well.

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Brooklyn Bridge