Monmouth County and the ocean beach
towns focus tremendous energy and
resources on maintaining the beaches,
so expect fees for beach access and/or
parking during weekends in the late spring
and fall and daily during the summer. Daily
beach badges may be purchased at the
beach. Seasonal passes are also available.
Generally, children are free and senior
citizens pay reduced fees. Some towns,
such as Belmar, offer free access for activeduty
service men and women and their
dependents, with ID.
Many waterside activities begin well
before summer and continue into the fall.
Our freshwaters are equally alluring—
so explore in a canoe, kayak or pedal
or power boat, cast a rod or take a
swim. Enjoy a sailing lesson or take an
eco-tour of the Manasquan Reservoir.
If there’s a cold spell long enough to
freeze the Navesink River in Red Bank,
the lightning-fast iceboats and ice
skaters are a sight not to be missed.
Photo by Michael J. Colarusso
beach recreation 101
UNWIND BY THE SEA
For centuries, perhaps millennia, sea air has been
regarded as therapeutic for body and mind. The nearly
continuous ocean breezes bring the salty smell and the
soothing negative ions to the shore and everyone who’s
there to breathe them. Sweeping sea views also have a
calming effect on our busy, ever-racing minds. Come let
the beach blow your cares away.
PICNICS, PETS AND BICYCLES
You are welcome to picnic in most locations,
however, glass and alcoholic beverages are not
permitted on the beach. Beaches exclude pets in
season and most boardwalks limit or exclude bike
riding during the summer.