Above, Coney Island.
Heat and humidity are a fact of life during New York summers, but the many beautiful beaches around the City are reason enough to get you out of the air-conditioning and into the surf. Yes, really, they exist! From Brighton Beach in the concrete jungle to the sweet shores of Montauk, the options for getting your splash on can be overwhelming—especially with the 4th of July weekend giving you major itinerary anxiety. That's why we checked in with three of the of the coolest surf shops around—Mollusk Surf Shop, Rockaway Beach Surf Shop, and Bunger Surf Shop—to get the scoop on the best sand, best waves, and best grub, so you have lots of great places to cool off all weekend (and summer) long. Now, about that bathing suit…
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