If you're the type that loves to swim, but hates the chlorinated water that you find in pools, then you should look for a vacation property that is near a lake, river, or the ocean. Luckily, if you live in an apartment in Manhattan, you're close to lots of those sorts of areas. So, in order to help narrow down your search, the following list will go over three areas to consider. One will be close to the ocean, so you can walk to the beach and go swimming in the morning while on vacation. The others will be near either a big river that has sections for swimmers, or else a large lake.
Southampton, Long Island
If you live and work in Manhattan, then you've probably spent some time out on Long Island. If you like the area, then his is a perfect place to get a vacation home. It's close to the city, and you can get a house near the beach. For swimmers, you will want to stick to the south fork, which borders the Atlantic Ocean, as opposed to the North Sore which is on the Long Island Sound and is more geared towards boaters and fishermen (not as many nice beaches). In particular, Southampton is a perfect spot. The area is very exclusive, so you won't have to deal with the huge crowds that you find at some of the big beaches spots such as Long Beach or Jones Beach. However, it is pricey. If you don't think you can afford the huge beach front spots, you can look at the homes that are located further inland, in the center of Southhampton. It's still close to the beach and you can walk or even bike to the beach in the morning.
Greenwood Lake, New York
If you like lakes, then head upstate to Orange County and look at Greenwood Lake. The village is located right next to the giant lake of the same name. The lake is famous in New Jersey and New York for its great recreational boating and swimming. There is even a large beach that is open during the summer and staffed by lifeguards. People who don't live in one of the towns that border the lake can pay a fee and use the lake during the summer. This fee helps to maintain the great accommodation.
Port Jervis, New York
If you like rivers, then Port Jervis is a fantastic spot to consider. It's located right next to the Delaware river. The town has a old history as a port town (hence the name) and there are lots of classic Victorian homes to choose from. You can also find small cottages and bungalows. The Delaware river opens up near the Port Jervis and Milford intersections, and becomes wide and calm, so much so that there is a public beach where people go into the river to swim. However, if you head upriver towards Forestburgh, you will find rough water, which is cool if you want the option to go rafting or tubing at some point during your vacation. There is a train station right in town that will take you into Penn Station, so if you don't own a car, this is a great spot to consider.