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Every summer, New York City’s beaches are a favorite recreation destination. The NYC Health Department is responsible for beach surveillance and monitoring for permitted City beaches. This consists of routine water quality monitoring and inspections of beach facilities. The results of routine water quality monitoring and inspections are compiled in the Annual Surveillance and Monitoring Beach Reports.

Know Before You Go

Save time by finding out beach water quality conditions before you go. Sign up to receive free text alerts on beach water quality advisories and closures. You can also get real-time opening, closing and water quality information before you head to the beach by calling 311, or texting “BEACH” to 877-877.

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Beach Conditions

Water quality conditions are analyzed on a regular basis. Beaches may be classified as:

OPEN Open — Swimming and wading permitted
ADVISORY Advisory — Swimming and wading not recommended
CLOSED Closed — Swimming and wading not permitted.

If a beach is closed to bathers, or if there are advisories due to wet weather or pollution, you can get up-to-date information on this page, or by calling 311.

Beaches classified as “Closed” or “Advisory” may be contaminated with sewage or storm runoff. Contact with contaminated water may cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, respiratory illness and infections. Children, pregnant women, the elderly and the chronically ill are especially vulnerable to contaminated water. If you or someone you know become sick from swimming, print and fill out our Illness Complaint Form.

The map below shows the city’s eight public beaches, as well as the 13 beaches run by private beach clubs. To see the current status of a beach, browse the map below. Click on the beach name to see detailed water quality information.