The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You New York Like Never Before

With so many beautiful bodies of water right at our fingertips as residents of New York, it’s not difficult to find a place to go swimming once the heat goes into full swing for the season. The one issue we will run into, is finding a beach that won’t be insanely crowded to the point where it could possibly ruin the entire relaxing adventure we had envisioned for the day. Giving you a handful of lesser-known gems and remote locations, this road trip to the best beaches in New York provides you with great alternatives to the more popular swimming destinations you may be use to visiting!

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

Anyone else already have one foot out the door with their bathing suit on? Tell us how many of the best beaches in New York you’ve already visited! If you’re wondering what other mapped out adventures you should take, look at these 11 Unforgettable Road Trips In New York To Take Before You Die!

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Best Beaches In New York

August 02, 2019

What are the prettiest beaches in New York?

New York beaches earn distinction as some of the most beautiful in the country. If you love crystal clear water and soft sand, you’ll definitely want to spend a day at Green Lakes Beach in Fayetteville. Sodus Point Beach in New York, on the other hand, boasts a beautiful wooden pier and a lighthouse in addition to a sandy beach that leads into the water.

Other gorgeous beaches in New York include Beaver Island State Park Beach in Grand Island and Southwick Beach in Woodville.

What are the best beach towns in New York?

Plan a visit to Plattsburgh, a hidden beach town in New York that promises so much for the whole family. Drink in gorgeous views of the Green Mountains of Vermont as you sunbathe on the soft sand of Plattsburgh City Beach. You’ll also find beaches at Cumberland Bay State Park and Point Au Roche State Park. The town itself features a plethora of charming restaurants.

If you’re planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, you’ll also want to check out such New York beach towns as Sodus Point, Sylvan Beach, and Sackets Harbor.

What beaches have the clearest water in New York?

Green Lakes Beach in Fayetteville earns props for having the clearest water in New York. It’s so clear, in fact, that you can see the fish swimming around below the surface. The clear water is perfect for swimming and for kayaking. (You must, however, rent a clear kayak from the state park to go out on the water.)

For more clear water, plan a trip to Skaneateles Lake, the fourth largest of the Finger Lakes. Stop by one of the waterfront parks that offers swimming access to the crystal clear lake.