R5 Our Top Beach Picks

Slap on the SPF 60 (or just double up that SPF 30) and head for some summer sun at any of the cool beaches in and around our fair county. We’ve got tips on the five best sandy sanctuaries to get that perfect tan, check out some bathing beauties, or just catch up on that great summer read.

Croton Point Beach
Official Site
1 Croton Point Ave, Croton-on-Hudson
(914) 862-5290
Hours: 8am to dusk, weekends
Fees: $8 ($4 with a Westchester County Parks Pass)
Why we like it: Situated on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River, the beach is surrounded by a camping area where those wishing to spend a weekend “away” can bunk up for the night.

Glen Island Park
Official Site
Weyman Ave, New Rochelle
(914) 813-6720
Hours: 10am-6pm, seven days a week
Fees: $10 ($3 with a Westchester County Parks Pass)
Why we like it: Maybe the best view from any beach in the county. Located on the same property is the Glen Island Harbour Club which provides excellent food for a gourmet evening meal (and is the home to the 2007 Best of Westchester Party!)

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Playland Park
Official Site
Playland Parkway, Rye
(914) 813-7010
Hours: 10am-6:30pm, seven days a week
Fees: $3
Why we like it: It’s next to Playland amusement park and Playland mini-golf course. What’s not to like?!

Lakeside at Osceola
Official Site
399 East Main Street, Jefferson Valley (Yorktown)
(914) 245-3246
Hours: 10am to 5pm (6pm weekends), every day except Monday
Fees: $6 for adults and $4 for kids during the week; $10 for adults and $6 for kids weekends.
Why we like it: Besides the 350-foot beach, Lakeside at Osceola features a “game dome,” where visitors can jump on a moon bounce, or shoot a few hoops on the indoor basketball court. We’re also a fan of “Martini Madness” which takes place at 6pm every Thursday.

Byram Beach and Pool
Official Site
Byram Shore Road, Greenwich, CT
(203) 622-7817
Hours: 9am to 7:45pm, seven days a week
Fees: $6
Why we like it: There’s a pool on location and lighted tennis courts so you can work off those extra calories in time for your next trip to the beach. Plus, we love showing off our bods and our cool new swim gear to our wealthy neighbors to the east.

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