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Jersey Shore Beaches…miles & miles of sun, sand & surf

BY SAMANTHA MATTHEWS, NIGHT AND DAY

 

ASBURY PARK

Daily badge, weekday: $5 Daily badge, weekends & holidays: $7 Season badge, adult: $70 Season badge, teens & seniors: $20 A mile of beach and surf, with the Asbury Park Convention Hall and The Casino building as bookends. With boutiques, fun and food for all ages. Pay station street parking is available.

 

AVON-BY-THE-SEA

Daily badge: $9, 12 and over Season badge, adult: $90 Season badge, teens/seniors: $45 Restrooms are located on the boardwalk at Lincoln and Norwood avenues. Restaurants located on or near the boardwalk, like The Columns and Avon Pavilion, make great stops for lunch, dinner or a drink after a long day at the beach. Parking is free.

 

BELMAR 

Daily badge: $8, 15 and under free Season badge, adults: $55 Season badge, seniors: $15 Food and concession stands are located along the boardwalk. There are colorful and fun beach playgrounds every few blocks and several beaches are devoted to activities like boogie boarding, kayaking and surfing. Several beaches are also equipped with poles for volleyball nets.

 

BRADLEY BEACH

Daily badge: $8.50; 12 and under are free Season badge, adults: $70 Season badge, seniors: $30 Season badge, juniors (13-15): $25 Public restrooms are located at Newark, LaReine, Third and Evergreen avenues. Showers are located on the beach. Changing rooms are located on Cliff and Third avenues. Surfing is allowed at Third Avenue Beach; fishing is allowed on beach jetties at Lake Terrace, Park Place and Brinley and Second avenues at the discretion of lifeguards. Beach is accessible for those who use wheelchairs at both Newark and Second Avenue. Parking pay stations are $1.50 per hour and accept cash, credit or debit cards. Parking is free on the west side of Ocean Avenue. The beachfront has food concessions and toddler parks for children ages 1-4 on the beach at Cliff, LaReine and Second avenues.

 

LONG BRANCH

Season badge, adults ages 18-61: $45; 65 and over free Season badge, students ages 14-17: $30; 13 and under free Restrooms and shower towers are located at West End Avenue, Cottage Place, Great Lawn Beach, Laird Street Beach, Seaview Avenue, and Morris Avenue Beach. On the boardwalk, visit Pier Village, which offers restaurants and shops.

 

MANASQUAN

Daily badge: $9 Season badge, adults: $80 Season badge, juniors 12-16: $35 Season badge, seniors: $25 The Manasquan beach and boardwalk are home to several eateries, shops and an arcade.

 

MONMOUTH BEACH

Daily badge: $9 Season badge ages 12 and up: $75 Parking Permit: $40 Restrooms and enclosed showers are available at 29 Ocean Ave. There is also a snack bar at the pavilion.

 

OCEAN GROVE

 

Daily badge: $8 Weekly badge: $40 Season badge, adults: $80 Season badge, youth ages 12-17: $40 Season badge, seniors: $45 Parking on the street is free. Beach concessions located on the beach as well as beach chair and umbrella rentals.

 

SANDY HOOK

Daily parking: $15 per car Seasonal parking: $75 Beaches and parks on Sandy Hook are free. Portable restrooms are available at all beach areas, but there is limited availability of shower and changing rooms. There is an upcharge for oversized vehicles: daily: $30; seasonal: $150. Sandy Hook is changing it up this summer and adding food trucks into the mix. Throughout the beach season different mobile food vendors will be offering an array of food to visitors. The food trucks will be located in various parking lots throughout the beach areas.

 

SEA GIRT

Daily badge: $10 Season badge, adults: $105-$110 Season badge, seniors: $55 Restrooms are located at the pavilion on Beacon Boulevard. Lockers are available for $18 per day. Parking is free for all beachgoers. Head up to the boardwalk and check out the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, which begins at the historic Sea Girt Lighthouse.

 

SEVEN PRESIDENTS, LONG BRANCH

Daily badge, 18 and over: $8 Daily badge, 13 and over, weekends only: $8; free on weekdays Season badge, adults: $70 Season badge, teens: $45 Season badge, seniors: $25 Daily parking passes are $8, season parking is $65. A snack bar and covered eating area are available to beach patrons, as is a beach volleyball court. Skateplex skateboard park and Tony’s Place are also open.

 

SPRING LAKE

Daily badge, ages 12 and up: $10 Season badge: $105 Late season badge: $65 Senior beach badge: $75 Restrooms are available at Pier Beach, the North End Pavilion and the South End Pavilion. The two-mile boardwalk offers snack bars at the pavilions. Each pavilion also features a saltwater pool.

 

UNION BEACH

Entrance to the bay beach is free and parking is available. The bay beach is a unique area along the Raritan Bay that stretches about 1.9 square miles.

 

BRICK BEACHES 1 & 3

Daily badge, weekday: $9 Daily badge, weekend: $10 Season badge on or before June 15, $25; after $30 Children 12 and under are free Both beaches have restrooms and snackstands, along with showers and a parking lot. Parking is $5 per car. Additional parking across the street.

 

ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK

Daily badge, weekday, residents: $6, nonresidents, $12 Daily badge, weekends & holidays: residents: $10; nonresidents: $20 Per-vehicle entry fee required. Motorcyclists are $5, $7 for nonresidents. Swimming and surf fishing are the two most popular recreational activities.

 

JENKINSON’S 

Daily badge, weekday: $9 Daily badge, weekends & holidays: $10 Children 5-11: $3 every day; under 5: free Season badge, 12 and over: $95; half-season badge: $70; seniors: $70 Season badge ages 5-11: $50; Half-season: $35 Beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented. Located in front of the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk; food, games and rides are available. Street and lot parking available, prices vary.

 

LAVALLETTE

Daily badge: $10 Weekly badge: $30 Season badge: before June 12: $40; after: $50 Season badge, seniors 65 or over: $15 Children under 12: Free Parking available on side and ocean streets. Boutiques and restaurants are along Highway 35.

 

SEASIDE HEIGHTS

Daily badge: $8 Weekly badge: $35 Season badge: $60 Seniors 65 and over, season badge: $10 Children 11 and under: Free Public access can be found on almost every block. The northern end of the beach is reserved for surfing. Boardwalk, food and fun available at anytime.

 

SEASIDE PARK

Season badge: on or before June 14: $55; after: $60 Senior badges: $20 Public access can be found on almost every block. Restaurants located throughout town, and on the Seaside Heights portion of the boardwalk.


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