Destination guide

Long Beach—a beach getaway, just one hour from NYC

Only an hour from New York, and Long Beach vacation rentals are the perfect base for a relaxed family-friendly vacation or even just a short weekend getaway. Originally conceived in the early 1900s by a New York property developer, Long Beach has been the favorite playground for many famous celebrities including Mae West, Humphrey Bogart. Although Long Beach declined in popularity for a while, it has recently undergone a renaissance, with a newly rebuilt boardwalk, and the quiet beach has once more become a hugely popular family destination.

Things to do

More to Long Beach than meets the eye

Most visitors come to Long Beach for day trips to the beach, but with great Long Beach vacation rentals available, you have the perfect excuse to stay longer and spend a fun-filled vacation with friends and family. The beach is of course the main attraction here, but there’s much more to see. The Long Beach Historical Museum offers a glimpse into the fascinating past of Long Beach and for those interested in architecture, a stroll around the beach neighborhoods will reveal some well-preserved ocean-front houses from the town’s heyday in the early part of the 20th century.

Activities

Long Beach—it’s all in the name!

With 3.5 miles of soft sand and a great choice of family-friendly Long Beach vacation rentals, there are many opportunities for family fun by the ocean. The renovated boardwalk is the perfect place for an ocean side bike ride, to roller-skate or simply take an evening stroll and enjoy the view. The beach plays host to boogie-boarders, surfers, boaters, swimmers, and sunbathers. Need a bite to eat?? Grab something to eat at one of the great food outlets on the boardwalk or visit one of the superb restaurants in town.

Weather

A relaxing summer retreat in Long Beach

Long Beach has a moderate humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters and is one of the northernmost locations of the zone. Fall and winter tend to be rainy and there is snowfall each winter. Its climate is tempered by the Atlantic Ocean and in 2012, the town was struck hard by Hurricane Sandy, which caused widespread destruction. However, in response, the town has made a triumphant recovery, with the reconstructed boardwalk attracting many visitors wishing for a quiet and relaxing retreat or a family-friendly vacation.

Natural features

Long Beach—a protective barrier island

The city of Long Beach is situated on a barrier island off the New Jersey coast. As such, it bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, protecting the towns of Long Island New Jersey. It is an attractive city with many beautiful old beach-front houses from the early 1900s. At the end of the subtropical climate zone, it allows for the growth of warmer climate plants such as mimosa, crape myrtle and magnolia, usually only found further south. The first inhabitants of the island were the Rockaway Indians who sold it to Dutch colonists in 1643.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Long Beach

The nearest airport is in New York, NY (JFK-John F. Kennedy Intl.), located 7.4 mi (11.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Farmingdale, NY (FRG-Republic), which is 16.3 mi (26.2 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to Long Beach Station.

Where to stay around Long Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 125 vacation rentals near Long Beach. From 78 Houses to 35 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Long Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Long Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Long Beach:

  • Manhattan: 3,034 vacation rentals
  • Brooklyn: 1,036 vacation rentals
  • Midtown: 1,012 vacation rentals
  • Queens: 5,207 vacation rentals
  • Upper West Side: 527 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Long Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Long Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Long Beach: 1,537 vacation rentals
  • Long Beach Historical Museum: 1,663 vacation rentals
  • Holocaust Memorial: 1,576 vacation rentals
  • Central Park: 3,904 vacation rentals
  • Jones Beach State Park: 396 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Long Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Long Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 78 Houses in Long Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Long Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 35 rentals available
  • Cottages: 3 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Long Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 13 vacation rentals with pool available in Long Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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