The best NJ beaches closest to NYC: Must-know details before your trip (2023)

"Hot town, summer in the city. Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty..."

Those lyrics ring true for any New Yorker dealing with the sweltering city life in June, July and August. So, rather than sweat through another day without air conditioning, pack up the family and head to the Jersey Shore to cool off, either for the day or a weekend.

Sugar-like sand, the cool ocean breeze and refreshing waves, the boardwalk, the rides, and so much more can make for a perfect day.

To help you start planning a trip to the Jersey shore, here are the best beaches to hit that are closest to New York City

Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark

Keansburg Beach

At Keansburg Beach, you're not far from New York City. In fact, there's a cool view of the Big Apple from this small, free beach.

There is a boardwalk and a fishing pier but it's most famous for its amusement park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark.

Rides on the boardwalk include Frogger, Tornado, Pharaoh's Fury, Moby Dick, Lopping Star, Wave Swinger, and more. Cool off at Runaway Rapids at the Lazy River, Castaways Creek, VooDoo Encounter, Volcanic Revenge, and more. Go-Karts, batting cages, and an arcade are also available.

There are no lifeguards on duty.Beach fires and grilling are prohibited on the beach.

How do I get to Keansburg Beach from New York?

While the best way to get to Keansburg Beach is by car which takes about an hour,there is a bus and a train from New York City that will get you there. Take the bus from NYC Port Authority Terminal to Keansburg (Route 36 and Palmer). It's about 1 hour 4 minutes long. By train, hop on the North Jersey Coast Line from New York Penn Station to South Amboy to South Broadway at Augusta Street to Main Street at Port Monmouth Road. This is about a 1-hour 45-minute trek.

Gunnison Beach at the the Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook Beach

Sandy Hook Beach is probably one of the most popular beaches in New Jersey and usually, the first one New Yorkers hit. The Gateway Recreation Area is a federal park that draws millions of visitors annually.

At Sandy Hook, you can still see the Verrazano Bridge and Brooklyn. There is no boardwalk so you'll be surrounded by dunes and blue skies.

The parking lots fill up early, especially on a Saturday and Sunday during the summer, so plan your trip accordingly. If you're driving in, try to get there by 10 a.m. if you'd like to spend the morning or early afternoon on the beach.

Sandy Hook is technically a free beach. But it costs $20 a day for beach parking or $100 per season.

Sandy Hook has many bay beaches perfect for swimming, fishing, surfing, and picnicking. There is is also many hiking trails, bike paths, and salt marshes for nature lovers.

There is no alcohol or smoking allowed at Sandy Hook.

Gunnison Beach is for adventurous adults where clothing is optional. It's New Jersey's only nude beach.

The Spermaceti Cove Boardwalk at Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area leads to an observation deck overlooking the marsh area of Spermaceti Cove.

Feel free to ride a bike along a 7-mile path that begins at the park entrance and loops through Fort Hancock.

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Launch a boat at Horseshoe Cove and Bayside Beach Area C. Rentals are available through Sandy Hook Kayaks.

Don't forget to visit the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Moby's.

When you leave the park and cross over the Route 36 bridge, you'll hit Moby's where you can order seafood from the window.

How do I get to Sandy Hook from New York?

Driving is always best. It takes about 1 hour 13 minutes to get to Sandy Hook from New York City. The closest New Jersey Transit Bus stop to Sandy Hook is on the 834, which is7 miles from the entrance. Academy Lines bus service operates from New York City to Highlands.

The Seastreak Ferry also offers visitors a way to Sandy Hook from Manhattan between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.

Taking the train is also an option. NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line to Red Bank, then NJT Bus 834 to Highlands. The drop-off is7 miles from the entrance to the park. There is no transportation directly to the entrance of the park. Rideshare may come in handy at this point.

Long Branch Beach

Long Branch is conveniently located about one hour and change from New York City. It is a popular Jersey Shore destination for not only the beach, but for recreation, restaurants and shopping.

The focal point is Pier Village, an upscale community along the beach that encompasses the boardwalk, boutiques, restaurants and even condos overlooking the ocean.

Three public parking areas cost about $10 a day.

Daily beach passes can be purchased at the point of entry. They cost $5 Mon-Fri, $7 on weekends/holidays, and $3 every day for ages 14-17. Annual passes cost $45 and $30 for 14-17. The beach is always free for 13 and under, 62 and older, and disabled individuals. For more information, contact the Recreational Department at 732-571-6545.

Lockers, beach cabanas, and bathhouses can be rented for the 2022 season. It's a lottery system, however. Lockers are $400 for the season. Bathhouses cost $1,050 for the season and beach cabanas are $3,000 for the season. For more information, visit:

After soaking up some rays and catching some waves, enjoy a nice walk on the Long Branch beach boardwalk, grab a bite at a restaurant, and indulge in some retail therapy.

There are many shops and restaurants at Pier Village. Take the family to Boardwalk Fun Games, a high-end arcade.

How do I get to Long Branch Beach from New York?

It's always best to drive. It takes about 1 hour 12 minutes to get to Long Branch beach from the Big Apple. But New Yorkers can take a bus from the NY Port Authority to Long Branch. It's about 1 hour 22 minutes. The bus costs around $20 and leaves twice daily.

The NJ Transit train on North Jersey Coast Line departs from NY Penn Station. It costs about $10 to $20 and takes about 1 hour 37 minutes to get to Long Branch.

The beach in Asbury Park

Asbury Park Beach

Beautiful Asbury Park beach and its boardwalk are filled with so much history. The mile-long beach has been drawing swimmers and sunbathers for years. The boardwalk is home to mini-golf, restaurants, shops, music, and playgrounds.

Asbury Park beach admission costs $5 weekdays; $7 weekends and holidays; free for children 12 and younger, as well as disabled veterans and active-duty soldiers and their families. Season badges cost $70; $20 for those 13 to 17 or 62 and older.

Parking at the beach is in lots and meters both monitored by "parking police" year-round. Lots can be around $20 a day based on time of year and events. Meters are by time.

There are no rides on the Asbury Park boardwalk but there is lots of dining, shopping and entertainment nearby such as the legendary Stone Pony (home to local musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Little Steven Van Zandt), The Wonder Bar, Silverball Museum, Asbury 18 mini golf course and Asbury Splash Park.

There is a tiny psychic booth on the boardwalk that's been there since 1932. Known to many, both locals and visitors as the "Gypsy Queen of the Boardwalk" Madame Marie Castello has been telling fortunes until she died in 2008. She even told fortunes to a young Bruce Springsteen, who has been frequenting the boardwalk since he was a kid. Today the booth is run by Marie's granddaughter.

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Then of course there is Convention Hall, also very much connected to The Boss. Since the late 1990s, Springsteen and the E Street Band has held rehearsals there for upcoming tours with scores of fans standing outside to listen, and get a glimpse of Bruce and the band as they entered and exited the place. If you're lucky, maybe you'll be on the beach one day and get to hear a snippet of Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band practicing from inside Convention Hall.

How do I get to Asbury Park beach from New York?

Driving is always best. It's about 1 hour 12 minutes by car from New York City to Asbury Park beach. But New Yorkers can take the bus from the Port Authority Terminal to Freehold Center to Asbury Park Transportation Center to Ocean Avenue at 4th Avenue (Asbury Park). The entire trek is about 2 hours 27 minutes. Those wanting to take the train can use New Jersey Transit on the North Jersey Coast Line from New York Penn Station to Long Branch to Asbury Park. The ride takes about 2 hours 18 minutes.

L Street Beach in Belmar

Belmar Beach

The 1.3-mile beach at Belmar Beach features a long boardwalk, surfing, and other activities to enjoy.

A daily beach pass admission costs $9. Individuals 15 and under are free. Seasonal badges cost $70; $30 for seniors. Beach admission is free to active members of the military and their families. Daily beach badges must be ordered via phone or mobile device before heading to the booth. Wristbands will then be given out by an attendant.

Beachgoers can purchase daily beach badges at or TEXT "Badges" to 833-956-2440.

Parking is generally free throughout Belmar. But fees are required for parking on the east side of Ocean Avenue, Silver Lake, North Blvd, and in the parking lot at the Marina.

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Beach chair and umbrella rentals are available at

Boat rentals are available at the Belmar Marina and the boardwalk is open all year round.

How do I get to Belmar Beach from New York?

Driving is always best as it only takes 1 hour 13 minutes by car from New York City to Belmar beach. But Belmar is also easily accessible by bus and train. New Yorkers can take the bus out of the Port Authority Terminal to Freehold to Asbury Park and then to Belmar. The ride is lengthy, taking about 3 hours and 43 minutes.

Belmar is also accessible via New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line. The train leaves New York Penn Station which will then stop at Long Branch, Bay Head, and Belmar. That is about a 2 hour and 20-minute ride.

Special beach promotions are often offered by New Jersey Transit that helps save up to $6.50.

The Belmar train station is located between 10th & 8th Avenues and the beach is about a 6-block walk away.

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Manasquan Beach

Another beautiful Jersey Shore beach known for its swimming and surfing is Manasquan Beach. There is also a mile-long boardwalk which is perfect for a nice afternoon or evening stroll.

Daily beach badges cost $10 for those 12 and older. Weekly badges for 12 and older cost $45 and daily access to the beach is free for active military and their families.

Season beach badges cost $85 for ages 17-64; $40 for ages 12 to 16 and $30 for seniors.

Umbrella rentals cost $10 and can be rented at the Sea Watch building.

While on-street parking is free, there is a cost to park in the five municipal lots. Daily parking fees cost $10 Monday-Friday and $15 on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.

Gee Gee's pizzeria, deli, and arcade are stapled at Main Beach and a must-visit.

There's also a surfing beach at the sound end of Manasquan beach, by the inlet.

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How do I get to Manasquan Beach from New York?

Driving is always best. It is about 1 hour 17 minute ride from the Big Apple to Manasquan beach. But New Yorkers can also take a bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to Lakewood via Freehold Center to Lakewood Bus Terminal to Asbury Park to Taylor Avenue at Main Street. It's a long trip, however: 3 hours and 22 minutes.

By way of New Jersey Transit trains, New Yorkers can take the North Jersey Coast Line train from NY Penn Station to Long Branch, towards Bay Head to Manasquan. The whole ride should take 2 hours 25 minutes.


Point Pleasant Beach

Probably one of the most famous beaches at the Jersey Shore and a big tourist attraction for those near and far is Point Pleasant Beach. Home to the famous Jenkinson's Boardwalk filled with restaurants, sweet shops, endless arcades, bars, amusement park rides, mini-golf, and gift shops, there is both public beach access as well as private beaches.

Daily beach passes cost $4 for ages 5 to 11 and $12 for ages 12 and up. Add a dollar more for weekends and holidays.

Full season beach badges cost $55 ages 5 to 11; $120 ages 12 and up and $90 for seniors. Half-season badges are also available from May 22 to July 18 and then again from July 19 to Labor Day. Those cost $35 for ages 5 to 11 and $90 for ages 12 and up.

Beach chair rentals cost $11, beach umbrellas are $12 and lounge chair rentals are $15 each or 2 for $25.

The municipal parking lot is metered and a quarter typically buys you 20 minutes. Depending on the crowds, there are also a few private pay lots that charge anywhere from $4 to $12. Metered parking can also be found on Ocean Avenue and a few adjacent streets.

There is free parking on the streets, but be prepared to walk a few blocks carrying all that beach gear.

Also on the Jenkinson's Boardwalk is the famous Martell's Tiki Bar, host to many of the Jersey Shore's hottest bands. It's also a favorite for beachgoers to enjoy their favorite adult beverage.

Jenkinson's Aquarium, also on the boardwalk, is home to sharks, penguins, seals, coral reefs, and more. There are also touch tanks that allow visitors to touch live sea creatures like stingrays and sea stars. A must-see when visiting the beach!

Weather permitting, there are usually fireworks on the beach every Thursday night.

How do I get to Point Pleasant Beach from New York?

Driving is always best and should only take 1 hour 15 minutes from New York City to Point Pleasant beach. But if New Yorkers need to take public transportation, there is a bus and a train. But it will take a while to reach Point Beach. The bus leaves the Port Authority Bus Terminal and heads to the Lakewood Bus Terminal toward the Point Pleasant Station to the NJT Rail Station Bus Station. From there it's just a short walk to the beach. But the bus takes almost three hours.

There is a direct train departing from New York Penn Station and arriving at Point Pleasant. Services depart twice daily and operate Monday to Friday. The journey is a bit shorter than the bus, approximately 2 hours 3 minutes.

Breakwater Beach in Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights Beach

Another popular beach for residents and tourists is Seaside Heights Beach, where many like to swim, surf, and sunbathe.

Besides the beach, the Seaside Heights boardwalk is a huge attraction, filled with shops, restaurants, rides, arcade games and so much more.

Daily beach passes cost $9 for the ocean beaches and $5 for the bay beach on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. The weekly fee for Seaside Heights beach tags is $35.

Seasonal badges for Seaside Heights are $45 each if purchased before May 15. After that date, the price jumps to $60.

Children 11 and under, veterans and active-duty military are free with proper ID.

One of the biggest attractions on the Seaside Heights boardwalk is Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach Waterpark, an amusement park and a state-of-the-art water park with a large interactive play area.

Some of the main attractions at Casino Pier include the Centrifuge, Crazy Crabs, Hydrus Roller Coaster, Shore Shot, Skycoaster, Super Slide, and other thrilling rides. At Breakwater Beach, visitors can indulge in The Harbor, Revere's Wild Ride, Patriot's Plunge, The Perfect Storm, and many more water rides. There is something for everyone, young and old to enjoy.

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Other attractions near the famous Seaside Heights Boardwalk include Retrocade Classic Video Arcade, EJ's Tap House, and Van Holten's Chocolates and Sweet Shop.

How do I get to Seaside Heights Beach from New York?

Driving is always best. This is a little longer of a car ride, taking about 1 hour 30 minutes from New York City to Seaside Heights beach. But New Jersey Transit operates a bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York to the Toms River Park and Ride every 30 minutes. The bus then continues to Seaside Heights. It's about a two-and-a-half-hour ride.

Alternatively, there is a train from New York Penn Station to Newark Penn Station to Bus Lanes (Raymond Blvd Side) to Toms River Park and Ride to Seaside Heights. You should arrive within 2 hours 45 minutes.

Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park

Another Ocean County beach that gets extremely crowded during the summer is Island Beach State Park filled with dunes, salt marshes, and tons of trails.

The swimming beach has lifeguards, bathhouse pavilions, and concessions. Surfers are welcome at the south end of the beach area.

The main gate of IBSP opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m. But during the summer weekends and holidays, the park opens at 7 a.m.

The park charges in-season entrance fees per vehicle. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, it costs $6 on weekdays and $10 on weekends for New Jersey weekends. It costs $12 on weekdays and $20 on weekends for non-residents. It also costs $5 for motorcycles for Jersey residents and $7 for motorcycles for non-residents.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are admitted free at the main gate.

At Fisherman's Walkway, there is a $3 fee for both residents and non-residents.

There are no umbrella rentals on the beach but there are many shops nearby to buy beach paraphernalia.

Back for 2022 -- Weekday Only Mobile Sportfishing Vehicle Permits at Island Beach State Park! This is available starting April 1 at $150 for NJ residents and $175 for non-residents. Permits can be purchased at

Weekday-only permits allow anglers to drive their 4x4 or all-wheel drive vehicles on the beach just to fish between 6 a.m. on Mondays through 8 p.m. on Fridays.

How do I get to Island Beach State Park from New York?

Driving is always best. It takes 1 hour 46 minutes by car. But NJ Transit does offer a bus that departs the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York to the Toms River Park and Ride to Island Beach State Park in about two hours.

By train, beachgoers can get on the North Jersey Coast Line train at NY Penn Station to Long Branch to Bay Head to IBSP. That is over a 3-hour trip.

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The best NJ beaches closest to NYC: Must-know details before your trip? ›

Your fastest way to New York City's closest beach

Not only are the Sandy Hook beaches some of New Jersey's best, they're also the closest to New York City when you take a Seastreak ferry from E. 35th Street or Wall Street. We offer daily service between Sandy Hook and the city.

What is the closest beach to New York City in New Jersey? ›

Your fastest way to New York City's closest beach

Not only are the Sandy Hook beaches some of New Jersey's best, they're also the closest to New York City when you take a Seastreak ferry from E. 35th Street or Wall Street. We offer daily service between Sandy Hook and the city.

What is the easiest beach to get to from Manhattan? ›

Orchard Beach in the Bronx

This free beach is located north of Manhattan in the Bronx. You can take a subway/bus combo to get here. From Midtown Manhattan it is just a 35-minute trip. Once known as the "Riviera of New York City” Orchard Beach sits on Long Island Sound rather than the Atlantic Ocean.

What beach in New Jersey has the clearest water? ›

Cape May's Diamond Beach is the cleanest beach in New Jersey, though Sea Girt and President's Beach are close contenders. This is due in part to controlled entry.

What is the least visited beach in NJ? ›

Pearl Beach

This secret New Jersey beach is located in Cape May and neighbors the more popular Sunset Beach. Though Pearl Beach doesn't have a boardwalk or utilities, it does have access to Pearl Avenue and is considered one of the least crowded beaches according to USA Today.

What part of NJ is closest to NYC? ›

Cities in New Jersey closest to NYC? The three New Jersey cities that are closest to New York City are Jersey City, Weehawken, and Hoboken, where people can enjoy a short commute, beautiful scenery, and affordable housing.

What is the closest seaside resort to York? ›

The closest stretch of coast to get to by car from York is Scarborough or Cayton Bay, but often by going a little further afield you will discover the larger stretches of open sand like at Fraisthorpe and Filey.

Which NYC beach is cleanest? ›

Voted as one of the cleanest beaches near NYC, Long Beach is a pay-to-visit beach that definitely deserves a day of your time. Long Beach itself is known as the “City by the Sea” thanks to their combination of great oceanside activities as well as their gorgeous waterfront beach.

What is the alternative to Coney Island? ›

If you're looking for a quiet Coney Island alternative, Manhattan Beach is your best bet. After gawking at the mansions surrounding this family-friendly Brooklyn beach, build a castle of your own from sand or enjoy a low-key picnic.

Is there a fee for Long Beach? ›

Daily Non-resident Passes will be sold to anyone who has reached their 13th birthday at the rate of $15.00 per day. Locations for the sale of daily admission passes are at : Pacific Blvd.

What beach in NJ has sea glass? ›

All you need to know about sea glass hunting on Bay Head Beach, New Jersey. This is the perfect treasure spot for beach coming! Visit the famous Jersey Shore for a variety of sea glass, family fun, surfing, amusement rides, and more!

What is the most expensive beach in NJ? ›

Sea Girt. Located in southern Monmouth County, Sea Girt tops the list of rich beach towns in New Jersey. This small community of about 2,000 boasts beautiful seaside estates at a median sales price of $2.4 million.

What is the least crowded beach in Ocean City NJ? ›

14th Street Beach provides shade from the blazing sun with the Fishing Pier, which is also an ideal place to take photos underneath. It's less crowded than 9th Street and the other beaches toward the center of the boardwalk, but still extremely close to everything the boardwalk has to offer.

Is it cheaper to stay in New Jersey when visiting NYC? ›

Yes, you will save a lot if you stay in New Jersey. We always stay in Paramus, NJ and then take the bus directly to Midtown Manhattan. During high summer a 3 star hotel cost around $80 - $110/night. However, buses back home stops running at 10 PM to NJ and it may be something you don't want to.

Is Hoboken or Jersey City better? ›

Jersey City is one of the best places to live in New Jersey to avoid high taxes. Jersey City has a crime rate that is 43.3% higher than the state but 17.3% lower than the country. While Hoboken has a better crime rate than Jersey City, Jersey City is still safer compared to most U.S. cities.

What county in New Jersey is closest to NYC? ›

Union City is in Hudson County, NJ, basically directly across the Hudson River from New York's Hell's Kitchen and surrounding the Lincoln Tunnel.

What are the closest beaches to NYC? ›

What is the closest beach to New York City? The following are the popular beaches near New York City - Rockaway Beach, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Ditch Plains, Long Island. Fort Tilden, Asbury Park, Pier 4 Beach, etc.

Which seaside resort has the Golden Mile? ›

The Golden Mile is a bustling waterfront promenade epitomising everything that the vibrant seaside resort of Blackpool has come to be known for. Stretching 1.7 miles from the North Pier to the South Pier, it's the heart of the tourist town and is alive with visitors throughout the year.

Is Seaside Heights a private beach? ›

Seaside Heights charges a beach fee to help defray expenses related to providing visitors one of the cleanest and safest public beaches on the East Coast.

What is the famous beach in New York City? ›

Manhattan Beach has a wide sandy coastline and the waters are calm during the summer, making it an ideal place for those who like to do a little paddling to cool off. It is particularly popular as a location for beachfront barbeques - with plenty of space plus shops and amenities nearby.

What is the most expensive beach in NY? ›

A new study found that Montauk is the most most expensive beach destination in the United States.

Where is the clearest water near NYC? ›

Known as "The Roof Garden of the Lakes", New York's Skaneateles Lake is amongst the top ten cleanest lakes in America. Spanning across roughly 16-miles, along the lake's northern shore you can find views like this out on Skaneateles's town pier where you can get amazing views of the water.

Is Coney Island worth seeing? ›

The Coney Island Boardwalk, also known as the Riegelmann Boardwalk, is one of the top places to see in NYC since it's where you'll find most of the area's amusements, shops, and cafes.

Why is Coney Island so famous? ›

The legendary Luna Park opened in 1903 on the prior site of Sea Lion Park, and its innovative design revolutionized the concept of what amusement parks could offer. Dreamland opened the following year. These parks made Coney Island famous around the world. The history of these parks is completely interwoven.

Why is Coney Island so popular? ›

But why is it famous? Coney Island's history is tied to the invention of amusement parks. In 1829, the first hotel opened in Coney Island. By 1865, this island had the feel of a Victorian beachside retreat.

How much is a daily pass to Long Beach NY? ›

Long beach is a beautiful beach. I have been coming during the summer months for the past 12-15 years. Year after year the day passes seem to continue to go up in price, now at around $15 per person to walk on the beach (most other beaches are roughly $10 per car).

Is Long Beach NJ free? ›

Beach Badges For Long Beach Island

Badges are required on all Barnegat Light beaches (Ocean and Bay) for all persons age 12 and over. Surfing is permitted in areas outside of the lifeguard flags. There is a $1 surcharge for badges purchased on the beach. $20 – Weekly (Sat. to Fri.)

How long is the Long Beach NY boardwalk? ›

With the ocean on one side and the bay on the other, Long Beach developed as a seaside community. By the beach on the oceanfront there is a 2 ¼ mile long boardwalk (built in 1914 with the help of some elephants), where, both in winter and summer, one can find strollers, joggers and bicycle riders.

What NJ beach has the best seashells? ›

Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth is located along the shore of Sandy Hook Bay. Here you will find large numbers of slipper shells, clams and mussels. This is also the best spot for locating the State Seashell of New Jersey, the knobbed whelk.

Is Glass Beach swimmable? ›

Glass Beach (this is a dangerous beach for swimming) Glass Beach near Port Allen is truly one of the oddest beaches you will find on Kauai, or anyplace else for that matter. Glass Beach is not a beach for swimming, or even getting into the water, but it is a beach to explore.

What is special about Glass Beach? ›

Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches in northern California. It is famously known for its layers of colorful sea glass that have covered the beach since the early 1900s. As years have passed, the beach has evolved and changed over time.

What is the richest town in New Jersey? ›

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Do you still have to pay to get on the beach in NJ? ›

Daily $10, Weekly $25, required for ages 13 and up. Beach Patrol personnel start patrolling the beaches on weekends only beginning Memorial Day Weekend up to the first day of the season June 18, 2023 to September 4, 2023. During the regular season, lifeguards are on duty from 10 AM to 6 PM daily.

What is the biggest beach in New Jersey? ›

The largest beach in NJ - Wildwood Beach.

Where is Ideal Beach NJ? ›

Ideal Beach is located on the sandy shoreline of Raritan Bay on Bayside Parkway in North Middletown (zip code 07718).

Can you drink alcohol on Ocean City NJ beach? ›

Adding to Ocean City's family image is the fact that it's a “dry” town, meaning there is no alcohol of any kind sold within its borders. However, alcohol is available in nearby Strathmere.

How late can you be on the beach in Ocean City NJ? ›

Lifeguarded Beaches

Lifeguards are present weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted (some beaches are guarded until 8:00 p.m.)

Do you have to pay to go on Point Pleasant Beach? ›

Point Pleasant Beach has both public access and private beaches. The southern end of town is comprised of a public access beach. There is a small fee to get on the beach and lifeguards are present form 9-5 each day. Entrance to this beach can be found on Ocean Avenue.

What are the best forgotten coast beaches? ›

The best beaches in the area are Mexico Beach, Cape San Blas and St. George Island. The Forgotten Coast of Florida is a lifestyle choice. It is for those who are looking for old Florida, small towns, coastal communities, nature and outdoor activities and water lovers.

What is the most safest beach? ›

Located at the end of Linden Ave, known as the “World's Safest Beach,” Carpinteria City Beach is very special and has been rated the #1 swimming beach in California, due mostly to its Southern exposure and its protection by the Channel Islands.

What is the cleanest beach in New Jersey? ›

Cape May's Diamond Beach is the cleanest beach in New Jersey, though Sea Girt and President's Beach are close contenders. This is due in part to controlled entry.

What beach in NJ has no boardwalk? ›

Between Ocean City and Sea Isle City, you'll find Strathmere in Upper Township, offering a low-key, off-the-beaten-path beach experience. While there's no boardwalk, visitors can enjoy the natural splendor of this oceanfront escape.

Is Belmar NJ beach free? ›

The fee for daily badges is $10 per day children 13 and under are free. Seasonal badges are available for $70 and $30 for senior citizens, aged 65 and over with identification verifying age. Daily badges must be ordered via phone/mobile device prior to heading to the booth.

What ocean is between New York and New Jersey? ›

New York has shoreline on the Northern Atlantic Ocean that connects to tidal and freshwater rivers and streams that drain through watersheds into the ocean.

How far is New York from the Jersey Shore? ›

The distance between New York and Jersey Shore is 175 miles. The road distance is 205.9 miles. How do I travel from New York to Jersey Shore without a car? The best way to get from New York to Jersey Shore without a car is to train and bus which takes 5h 56m and costs $120 - $170.

How far is the ocean from New York City? ›

The distance from New York City to the ocean is about 738 miles if you measure to the Hudson Bay. It is also about 921 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. New York City is 2,047 miles to the Pacific Ocean.

How far is New York from ocean City NJ? ›

How far is it from Ocean City to New York? The distance between Ocean City and New York is 106 miles. The road distance is 129.7 miles.

How far is the New York Port from the New Jersey port? ›

The 2.5-mile (4.0 km) crossing takes approximately 45 minutes. The equivalent truck trip would be 35 to 50 miles (80 km) long.

What is the island between New York and New Jersey? ›

The undisputed boundary between New Jersey and New York is in the center of the Hudson River and the Upper New York Bay, with Liberty Island situated well on the New Jersey side of the water line with Liberty Island itself an exclave of the State of New York and a part of New York City, allowing the state and city of ...

What is the Bay between New York and New Jersey? ›

Raritan Bay is a bay located at the southern portion of Lower New York Bay between the U.S. states of New York and New Jersey and is part of the New York Bight.

What time of year is best for Jersey Shore? ›

If you're like most and want to come to New Jersey for the fabulous Jersey Shore, then you'll want to visit in the summer months; June, July, and August. The weather is favorable for a dip in the water and tanning on the sand. Many of the beaches along the Jersey Shore are often open year-round.

Where is the best part of Jersey Shore? ›

Known as the America's Greatest Family Resort, Ocean City is often voted the best beach in New Jersey. There are 8 miles of shore for swimming, boogie-boarding and sandcastles. A wooden boardwalk lines 2-1/2 miles of these beaches, entertaining visitors with rides, mini-golf, carnival games and a water park.

How do you get from NYC to Jersey Shore? ›


Take the North Jersey Coast Line train from New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station or with easy connections from Secaucus Junction and Rahway Station.

Can you swim in the ocean in NYC? ›

Surrounded by water, New York City has a number of official swimming beaches that are easy to get to. Coney Island and Staten Island ocean beaches are old favourites with locals. These beaches are some of the first places where new Americans had the chance to dip their feet in the water.

What is the name of the ocean near New York City? ›

The following are New York City water bodies: • The Atlantic Ocean and the New York Bight south of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. New York Harbor, which is a tidally influenced estuary, subject to the mixing of salt water from the ocean with fresh water primarily from the Hudson River.

Does it cost money to go to Ocean City NJ Beach? ›


Beach Tags are required for all beachgoers, ages 12 and older, and are in effect from June 3, 2023 through September 3 2023. Seasonal tags cost $30 through May 31st. Remember, only seasonal tags are available for purchase if using online or mail order options.

Is Ocean City NJ worth visiting? ›

Ocean City, New Jersey, is a popular vacation spot for many along the East Coast. In the summer months, the area is a lively place filled with visitors enjoying the many beaches and Boardwalk activities. With so many forms of entertainment, Ocean City is an excellent spot for a getaway with family or friends.

Do you have to pay to go to Ocean City NJ? ›

Beach Tags are required for all beachgoers ages 12 and older and are in effect from the first weekend in June through Labor Day each year. Seasonal tags cost $35 ($30 if purchased by May 31) .


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