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Jamaica-Bay is a picturesque bay that lies on the southwestern tip of Long Island within the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens and the town of Hempstead. Adjacent to one of the nation's busiest airports, Jamaica Bay is the largest continuous piece of open space in New York City. It connects with Lower New York Bay to the west through Rockaway Inlet and is the westernmost of the coastal lagoons on the south shore of Long Island. Salt marshes on Jamaica Bay offer prime habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, and have been protected since 1972, as part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, is one of the most important urban wildlife refuges in the United States. The Wildlife refuge is internationally known as a prime birding spot where thousands of water, land and shorebirds stop during migration. More than 325 species have been recorded here during the last 25 years. A small community of homes is located around Jamaica Bay, accessible by a two hundred-foot boardwalk over the tidal marshlands. The Bay is easily reached via train, ten minutes from Kennedy Airport and 45 minutes from downtown Manhattan. Boat and kayak rentals are available nearby.

Surrounding areas: Roxbury, New York (3.9 mi), Brooklyn, New York (7.2 mi), Long Beach, New York (8.9 mi), Queens, New York (9.2 mi), Point Lookout, New York (13.4 mi), Manhattan, New York (14.2 mi), Staten Island, New York (16.6 mi)

Jamaica Bay Vacation Rentals

Jamaica Bay Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Hilton Garden Inn Queens / JFK Airport148-18 134th StJamaica, NY4.5 mi.(718) 322-4448
Best Western Carlton House138-10 135TH AveJamaica, NY4.8 mi.(718) 322-8700
Radisson Hotel JFK Airport135-30 140TH StJamaica, NY4.8 mi.(718) 322-2300
Courtyard By Marriott JFK145-11 N Conduit AveJamaica, NY4.9 mi.(718) 848-2121
Holiday Inn14402 135TH AveJamaica, NY4.9 mi.(718) 659-0200
Best Western Hotel Kennedy Airport144-25 153rd LnJamaica, NY5.0 mi.(718) 977-2100
Days Inn JFK Airport144-26 153rd CtJamaica, NY5.0 mi.(718) 527-9025
Comfort Inn Hotel-jfk Airport144-36 153RD LnQueens, NY5.0 mi.(718) 977-0001
Holiday Inn Express At JFK153-70 South Conduit AveJamaica, NY5.1 mi.(718) 977-3100
Comfort Inn3218 Emmons AveBrooklyn, NY5.2 mi.(718) 368-3334
Fairfield Inn By Marriott156-08 Rockaway BlvdJamaica, NY5.2 mi.(718) 977-3300
Howard Johnson Express Inn @JFK Airport153-95 Rockaway BlvdJamaica, NY5.3 mi.(718) 723-6700
Quality Inn2473 Atlantic AveBrooklyn, NY6.1 mi.(718) 485-0006
Hampton Inn JFK144-10 135 AveJamaica, NY6.2 mi.(718) 322-7500
Ramada Plaza Hotel JFKBldg 144 JFK AirportJamaica, NY6.2 mi.(718) 995-9000
Comfort Inn279 Buttler StBrooklyn, NY6.8 mi.(516) 859-3200
Super 8 Motel139-01 Jamaica AveJamaica, NY6.9 mi.(718) 658-1866
Jets Motor Inn139-06 Queens BlvdJamaica, NY7.2 mi.(718) 297-6666
The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park50 Central Park SouthNew York, NY8.4 mi.(212) 308-9100
Capri Lynbrook Motor Inn5 Freer StLynbrook, NY8.8 mi.(516) 599-8800
Holiday Inn Express625 Union StBrooklyn, NY9.3 mi.(718) 797-1133
Comfort Inn & Suites Airport60-30 Maurice AveMaspeth, NY9.4 mi.(718) 457-5555
Days Inn Brooklyn437 39th StBrooklyn, NY9.5 mi.(718) 853-4141
Howard Johnson Inn220-16 Jamaica AveQueens Village, NY9.6 mi.(718) 264-6600
Boulevard Motor Inn76-02 Queens BlvdElmhurst, NY9.7 mi.(718) 457-1400
New York Marriott Brooklyn333 Adams StBrooklyn, NY10.1 mi.(585) 246-7000
Howard Johnson Express Inn Queens65-09 Queens BlvdWoodside, NY10.1 mi.(718) 426-6200
Hampton Inn & Suites125 Merrick RdRockville Centre, NY10.3 mi.(516) 599-1700
Brooklyn Motor Inn140 Hamilton AveBrooklyn, NY10.4 mi.(718) 875-2500
Ramada Plaza Hotel La Guardia37-10 114th StCorona, NY10.5 mi.(718) 651-2100
Best Western Mill River Manor173 Sunrise HwyRockville Centre, NY10.5 mi.(516) 678-1300
Marriott-brooklyn33 Adams StBrooklyn, NY10.6 mi.(888) 436-3759
Floral Park Motor Lodge30 Jericho TNPKFloral Park, NY10.7 mi.(516) 775-7777
Best Western Quenns Court Hotel133-51 39th AveFlushing, NY10.7 mi.(888) 390-3900
Comfort Inn Laguardia133-43 37th AveFlushing, NY10.8 mi.(718) 939-5000
Howard Johnson135-33 38th AveFlushing, NY10.8 mi.(718) 461-3888
Sheraton Laguardia E Hotel135-20 39TH AveFlushing, NY10.8 mi.(718) 460-6666
Wingate Inn & Suites Laguardia Airport137-07 Northern BlvdFlushing, NY11.0 mi.(718) 445-3300
La Quinta Inn37-18 Queens BlvdLong Island City, NY11.3 mi.(718) 729-8775
Crowne Plza-laguardia104-04 Ditmars BlvdEast Elmhurst, NY11.4 mi.(718) 457-6300

Jamaica Bay Weather & Climate

Manhattan and the surrounding area have four seasons of changeable weather. Summers are often hot and muggy and last until September. Temperatures usually soar to near 100 degrees F. for a week to ten days in mid-July to mid-August. Another uncomfortable time to visit New York City is during January and February when temps are often in the 20s and the concrete canyons of the city can turn into wind tunnels. Otherwise, the rest of the year the weather is comfortable, with March usually being the rainiest month. May offers great weather - just warm enough for walking around but cool enough to remain comfortable. Autumn has more sunshine than spring, although both are clear and bright. New York City is magical at Christmas time and the changing leaves of fall makes it a beautiful time to visit the area.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 38°F 24°F 3.62 in. 36°F
February 40°F 26°F 2.70 in. 35°F
March 48°F 32°F 3.79 in. 38°F
April 58°F 41°F 3.75 in. 44°F
May 68°F 51°F 4.13 in. 52°F
June 77°F 60°F 3.59 in. 60°F
July 82°F 66°F 3.92 in. 69°F
August 81°F 66°F 3.64 in. 70°F
September 74°F 59°F 3.50 in. 68°F
October 64°F 48°F 3.03 in. 60°F
November 53°F 39°F 3.48 in. 57°F
December 44°F 30°F 3.31 in. 52°F

Jamaica Bay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the John F Kennedy International airport (JFK) located about 3 miles northeast of Jamaica Bay in New York, New York, the La Guardia airport (LGA) located approximately 12 miles north of Jamaica Bay in New York, New York, the Newark Liberty International airport (EWR) located roughly 18 miles northeast of Jamaica Bay in Newark, New Jersey, and finally the Teterboro airport (TEB) located around 20 miles northwest of Jamaica Bay in Teterboro, New Jersey.

Jamaica Bay Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
AstrolandBrooklynNY7.2 mi.
Coney Island BoardwalkBrooklynNY7.2 mi.
Coney Island - Kenny KaufmanBrooklynNY7.2 mi.
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement ParkBrooklynNY7.2 mi.
Nellie Bly ParkBrooklynNY7.2 mi.
Keansburg Amusement ParkKeansburgNJ19.1 mi.
Glen Island ParkNew RochelleNY21.4 mi.
AdventurelandFarmingdaleNY22.3 mi.
Bayville AmusementsBayvilleNY25.6 mi.
Playland ParkRyeNY27.2 mi.
Bowcraft Amusement ParkScotch PlainsNJ29.3 mi.
JeepersWest NyackNY36.2 mi.
Jenkinson's BoardwalkPoint Pleasant BeachNJ37.2 mi.
Sports Plus Entertainment CenterLake GroveNY41.5 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterMedfordNY46.2 mi.
Country Fair Entertainment ParkMedfordNY46.2 mi.
Kid's KingdomMedfordNY46.2 mi.
Casino PierSeaside HeightsNJ47.3 mi.
Funtown PierSeaside ParkNJ48.5 mi.
Blackbeard's CaveBayvilleNJ50.4 mi.
Water Parks
Splash Down ParkFishkillNY64.5 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA64.5 mi.
Splish Splash Water ParkRiverheadNY65.1 mi.
Thundering Surf Water SlideBeach HavenNJ75.3 mi.
Mountain CreekVernonNJ79.8 mi.
Alpine Slide at CamelbackTannersvillePA82.6 mi.
Dorney Park & Whitewater KingdomAllentownPA86.8 mi.
Water WorldPhoenixvillePA94.3 mi.
Carousel Water & Fun ParkBeach LakePA97.2 mi.
Gillian's IslandOcean CityNJ99.7 mi.
Maple Breeze ParkPawcatuckCT117.3 mi.
Water WizzWesterlyRI117.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Shephard Hills Golf CourseRoxburyNY4.2 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseWoodhavenNY5.3 mi.
Lawrence Village Country ClubLawrenceNY5.6 mi.
North Woodmere Golf CourseNorth WoodmereNY6.9 mi.
Dyker Beach Golf CourseBrooklynNY7.2 mi.
Marine Park Golf CourseBrooklynNY7.2 mi.
Bay Park Golf CourseEast RockawayNY9.1 mi.
Breezy Point Executive Golf CourseQueensNY9.2 mi.
Flushing Meadows Pitch & Putt Golf CourseFlushingNY10.9 mi.
Kissena Park Golf CourseFlushingNY10.9 mi.
Clearview Golf CourseBaysideNY11.3 mi.
Hempstead Golf Course at LidoLido BeachNY11.4 mi.
Douglaston Golf ClubDouglastonNY11.9 mi.
Christopher Morley ParkNorth HillsNY14.9 mi.
Merrick Road Park Golf CourseMerrickNY15.5 mi.
LaTourette Golf CourseStaten IslandNY16.6 mi.
Silver Lake Golf CourseStaten IslandNY16.6 mi.
South Shore Golf CourseStaten IslandNY16.6 mi.
Eisenhower Park Golf CourseEast MeadowNY16.7 mi.
Harbor Links Golf CoursePort WashingtonNY16.8 mi.
Mosholu Golf Course & Driving RangeBronxNY17.1 mi.
Pelham Split Rock Golf ClubBronxNY17.1 mi.
Van Cortlandt Park Golf CourseBronxNY17.1 mi.
Jones Beach State Park Golf CourseWantaghNY17.9 mi.
Lake Isle Town ParkEastchesterNY19.1 mi.
Weequahic Park Golf CourseNewarkNJ19.6 mi.
Cantiague Park Golf CourseHicksvilleNY19.8 mi.
Peninsula Golf ClubMassapequaNY19.9 mi.
Glen Cove Golf ClubGlen CoveNY20.7 mi.
Hendricks Field Golf CourseBellevilleNJ20.9 mi.
Ski Areas
CraigmeurNewfoundlandNJ43.8 mi.
Mount PeterWarwickNY52.8 mi.
Big BirchPattersonNY64.0 mi.
Thunder RidgePattersonNY64.0 mi.
Shawnee MountainDelawarePA68.0 mi.
WoodburyWoodburyCT72.7 mi.
Alpine MountainAnalominkPA78.7 mi.
Hidden ValleyVernonNJ79.8 mi.
Vernon Valley Great GorgeVernonNJ79.8 mi.
CamelbackTannersvillePA82.6 mi.
Mount SouthingtonSouthingtonCT84.8 mi.
Holiday MountainMonticelloNY85.2 mi.
Hidden Valley SkiHidden ValleyPA88.2 mi.
TanglewoodTaftonPA89.4 mi.
Mohawk MountainCornwallCT89.6 mi.
Doe MountainMacungiePA90.5 mi.
CatamountHillsdaleNY110.0 mi.
Belleayre MoutainHighmountNY111.7 mi.
Butternut Ski AreaGreat BarringtonMA112.7 mi.
Hunter MountainHunterNY113.0 mi.
State Parks
Valley Stream State ParkNY8.9 mi. 
Hempstead Lake State ParkNY11.5 mi. 
Jones Beach State ParkNY17.1 mi. 
Bethpage State ParkNY22.3 mi. 
Palisades State ParkNJ24.3 mi. 
Cheesequake State ParkNJ25.3 mi. 
Gilgo State ParkNY25.6 mi. 
Edison State ParkNJ26.6 mi. 
Palisades State ParkNY27.6 mi. 
Belmont Lake State ParkNY27.7 mi. 
Tallman Mountain State ParkNY29.0 mi. 
Caumsett State ParkNY29.4 mi. 
Robert Moses State ParkNY30.2 mi. 
Captree State ParkNY30.3 mi. 
Blauvelt State ParkNY32.6 mi. 
Washington Rock State ParkNJ33.3 mi. 
Allaire State ParkNJ35.0 mi. 
Mianus River State ParkCT35.5 mi. 
Heckscher State ParkNY36.0 mi. 
Rockland Lake State ParkNY36.6 mi. 
Brooklyn Museum of ArtBrooklynNY7.2 mi.(Brooklyn)
New York Transit MuseumBrooklynNY7.2 mi.(Brooklyn)
Queens Museum of ArtFlushingNY11.2 mi.(Art)
Isamu Noguchi Garden MuseumLong Island CityNY11.4 mi.(Art)
Lower East Side Tenement MuseumNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(History)
Museum of Chinese in the AmericasNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(History)
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the HolocaustNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(History)
South Street Seaport MuseumNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(History)
Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration MuseumNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(History)
Web Museum of Calendars and Wood TypesNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(History)
Eli Wilner & CompanyNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Italian American MuseumNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Kingston Trolley Museum of New YorkNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Frick CollectionNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Jewish MuseumNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
National Sports MuseumNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
New-York Historical SocietyNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Pierpont Morgan LibraryNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space MuseumNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Technology)
Museum at the Fashion Institute of TechnologyNew YorkNY11.8 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
New York AquariumBrooklynNY7.2 mi.
Prospect Park Wildlife CenterBrooklynNY7.2 mi.
Queens Wildlife CenterFlushingNY11.2 mi.
Central Park Wildlife CenterNew YorkNY11.8 mi.
Staten Island ZooStaten IslandNY16.2 mi.
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation ParkBronxNY17.1 mi.
Bergen County Zoological ParkParamusNJ26.7 mi.
Beardsley Zoological GardensBridgeportCT51.0 mi.
Trevor ZooMillbrookNY82.0 mi.
New Jersey State Aquarium at CamdenCamdenNJ82.3 mi.
Philadelphia Zoological GardenPhiladelphiaPA83.3 mi.
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE108.1 mi.
Mystic AquariumMysticCT110.4 mi.

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