Ok, this is no Oahu, but New York is showing off its surfing chops for tourists (or staycationers?) at least a little bit this summer with the W Union Square’s new “Stay & Surf Package.”
“Being from Hawaii, I’ve been a long time visitor to the Rockaways since it gives off that same chill surfer vibe. I’ve been bringing friends with me to experience the beauty and atmosphere of this beach and always hear from them how different it is from a traditional New York getaway to the Hamptons, the Jersey Shore, or Fire Island,” says Tanya DeCosta, the property’s “W Insider” (their term for a concierge). “We wanted to provide our guests the opportunity to experience the Rockaways the way that locals do, and provide them with everything they need to have a perfect day out there.”
To that end, the package includes a room at the W, a car service to and from Rockaway Beach, a personal surf lesson from the esteemed Locals Surf School, post-surf lunch and cocktails at Rockaway Beach Surf Club—and a beach tote packed with Amazonia Coconut Water, a map of Rockaway Beach hotspots, and a summer playlist.
They’ve also partnered with Hurricane Sandy-recovery charity Graybeards, so that ten percent of each package booked—plus proceeds from the auction of a specially designed surfboard—will be donated towards Rockaways restoration. So even if you can’t stay afloat for more than 10 seconds, you can feel really good about your purchase (while sipping the aforementioned post-surf cocktails). —Lisa Elaine Held