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.
HELP THE JERSEY
New Jersey’s 130-mile coastline is a fragile
natural treasure and a favorite destination
for fun and relaxation. Ocean beaches
need protection from the damage that
storms can inflict. For over twenty years,
the Jersey Shore Partnership, the state’s
leading champion of beach replenishment
and protection, has worked with legislators,
environmental groups and the public to
raise awareness of the importance of
safeguarding the shore. The nonprofit’s
advocacy resulted in New Jersey enacting
the nation’s first beach protection fund.
Photo by M. Kiely