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Take the Day Off and Head to Long Beach

July 24th, 2019 Local Tips
Take the Day Off and Head to Long Beach

Feeling the crunch of city life? Pack your beachwear and leave the city behind for a day in unobstructed sunshine.

Long Beach is just an hour train ride from Penn Station in Manhattan. The little city by the sea has a population of under 40,000, which makes for a laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can expect friendly restaurants and miles of stunning beach views from the boardwalk.

Start your morning in Long Beach looking eastward. If you’re an early riser, you’ll enjoy a beautiful scene as the sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean. The best place to take in the scene over breakfast will be beachside at the Atlantica Restaurant at Allegria Hotel, which opens as early as 6 am. 


From Allegria Hotel, you can head out to the boardwalk and start your beach day. Passes are required during the summer months, but if you’re staying at Allegria Hotel, it’s already covered! If you aren’t a guest at the hotel, see beach pass purchase locations here.

Relax on the sand with a book, or if you’re looking to broaden your horizons, head to Skudin Surf for a surf lesson. You can expect quite the crowd vying for waves on the weekends, but expect a more laid-back scene on a weekday.

Guests at Allegria Hotel can head up to the hotel rooftop for more impressive views or take a dip in the pool. There, you can order a drink or food and relax on a lounge chair.


For lunch, walk over to Shoregasboard on the beach (corner with Riverside Boulevard) for your pick from local food trucks. Options include stacked sandwiches from Lido Kosher Deli, slow-cooked barbecue from Swingbelly’s, or healthy fruit bowl options from NY Acai. This broad selection is especially ideal while traveling with friends or family.

If you’re in the mood for retail therapy after lunch, Long Beach has a fine selection of local boutiques to check out. They’re the perfect place to pick up gifts for friends and family, and the relaxed pace is a good change of scene from Manhattan.


Wind down the evening with a bike ride along the boardwalk. SoBi is a local bike share program that offers access to bikes located at hubs and other areas around town. Fares do apply, and the SoBi app allows you to see exactly where bikes are for pickup.

Seaside concerts are a mainstay in Long Beach during the summer months. You can catch free, live music on the beach four nights a week at Riverside Boulevard Beach. Bring along a beach chair or blanket to set up under the stars to enjoy a mix of local acts playing big band music, country, classic rock, and more.

If you’re looking for nightlife, head to the West End for drinks. There’s a nice mix of options along West Beech Street. Minnesota’s is a longtime favorite, or you can pull up a chair at Jetty Bar & Grill for craft beers and appetizers. Read our Long Beach nightlife guide for more.

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Allegria Hotel is the only luxury hotel in Long Beach located just off the boardwalk. Our rooftop pool is the envy of Long Beach, with magnificent views of the ocean. Book your summer getaway in advance for the best prices and deals!