New Jersey Beaches
On the Atlantic Ocean

New Jersey Beaches are stretched over more than 200 Km of shore on the Atlantic Ocean. There are many beaches along the coast and they differ from one another.

Please note that the beaches here are not the typical Caribbean or South Pacific beaches of just sand and clear waters. In New Jersey the beaches are mainly for fun, food and nightlife.

New Jersey Shore Map

New Jersey Shore Map and its beaches

Jersey Shore towns by county

Monmouth County

  • Keyport
  • Keansburg
  • Atlantic Highlands
  • Sandy Hook
  • Red Bank
  • Long Branch
  • Asbury Park
  • Ocean Grove
  • Belmar
  • Spring Lake
  • Manasquan

Ocean County

  • Point Pleasant Beach
  • Seaside Heights
  • Long Beach Island

Atlantic County

  • Brigantine
  • Atlantic City

Cape May County

  • Ocean City
  • The Wildwoods
  • Cape May

Here I bring a selection of beaches, according to surveys and information on many travel magazines.

Ocean City Boardwalk always full of action

Ocean City Boardwalk always full of action

Ocean City

Here the most important feature is its 4 Km boardwalk. You may see bikers riding from very early every morning.

It is a sandy beach stretching for 12 Km, very busy during summer months. It also has amusement parks, like the Playland’s Castaway Cove with many rides all favorite with families. As well as the Gillian’s Wonderland Pier with many attractive rides.

There are many eateries along the boardwalk, a few cafes and also fine restaurants.

Asbury Park

This is a Gay Friendly Beach, but is visited by a mix crowd. The boardwalk starts at Convention Hall, a new restored concert venue, and runs up to the old Casino Pier at the south end.

This is full service beach with a miniature water park. But the main interest here is about music and food.

New Jersey Beaches

Point Pleasant Beach

This wide beach is an excellent Family Beach with an array of activities and lots of sun for the kids and the adults at the same time.

It features Jenkinson’s Aquarium where the kids can watch the sharks, penguins, alligators and seals as well as sea stars and stingrays.

Stone Harbor

This small town offers the charm of quiet shopping and dining for the whole family. It is a laid back beach as compared to its shore neighbors.

The beach is never overcrowded and located at walking distance from all points on town. You may rent a kayak on the beach.

Sandy Hook Beach is the largest one in the East Coast

Sandy Hook Beach is the largest one in the East Coast

Gunnison Beach, Sandy Hook

This is the New Jersey Beaches Nude Beach. It is the largest on the East coast and the only legal nude beach in New Jersey.

There are sign that read “Beyond This Point You May Encounter Nude Sunbathers,” to tell the visitor what to expect behind the sign.

The crowd is very friendly and judgment free, but the amenities are minimal.

Bay Head

The beach doesn’t have changing rooms but it is never crowded and there are lifeguards to protect the bathers. You may rent kayaks, bikes and surfboards in the downtown

Food is not allowed on the beach, but there a few restaurants and soda fountains in the boardwalk.

 Strathmere, Upper Township

This is a secluded beach tucked between Ocean City and Seas Isle City, with 2 Km of sandy beach.

Here you may watch the dolphins, do some kayaking, surfing or fishing and even kite boarding. Sunbathing and swimming on this beach is great

After a full day at the beach you have a few places for food and refreshments.

Inlet Beach, Manasquan

This is a surfing beach in New Jersey, but when it’s warm there are no breaks and when it’s cold and the waves are high, then it’s too cold…

The beach’s reliable surf is because its enormous jetties, which convert approaching waves into long, glorious breaks.

Ocean Grove

What was once a religious retreat with Victorian homes and summertime churchgoers, has become lately to a growing Gay community.

On the beach you’ll find a mix of families with children co-existing with the quiet gay people. There are shower and dressing facilities on the south end of the boardwalk.

Island Beach Park is a Pet Friendly Beach

Island Beach Park is a Pet Friendly Beach

Island Beach State Park

This is a dog friendly beach, both wild and domestic. The beach is underdeveloped and its home to red foxes blue herons, peregrine falcons and a large osprey colony.

Dogs are allowed in designated sectors of this sandy beach, as long they are on a leash. Most visitors pack picnic lunches while enjoying their best friends play and go crazy on the sand.

Spring Lake

This upscale beach has 3 Km of white sand beach, where food, drinks and dogs are not allowed.

The boardwalk is noncommercial allowing for joggers to occupy the space as well as young couples with their strollers.

For food head and shopping go to downtown, where you’ll find plenty to do.

For more on New Jersey Beaches visit the New Jersey Tourism Website

All images for new jersey beaches are courtesy of wikimedia commons

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