While some of your friends were lucky enough to jump on a summer share in the Hamptons, the rest of you were stranded in the unforgiving heat of the city's summer weekends. But even those without cars or a shore house can enjoy a quick beach escape – and we’re not talking about that little sandy patch next to the Central Park reservoir. All you need is public transportation to get to these great NYC area beaches. Click through for 6 easy day trips to the shore that will have you cooling down by the water by lunch (and back in the city for happy hour).

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