Monmouth County is the heart of the
Jersey Shore, and we invite you to
visit, enjoy and support our communities,
attractions and businesses. Monmouth County
is the perfect spot for summer vacations,
with 27 miles of stunning sandy beaches,
fleets of charter and party boats, boardwalks,
waterside dining, amusement parks and
award-winning golf courses, plus a calendar
filled with fireworks, farmers’ markets, outdoor
concerts and food and entertainment events.
But Monmouth County offers much more than
just a great summer vacation. Come shop our
downtowns, shopping centers and antique
centers. Bring your friends to enjoy a night out
and a delicious meal in any of our acclaimed
restaurants. Spend a romantic weekend in one
of our charming B&Bs. Catch your favorite
performer at one of our many clubs and
nightspots. Take in a show at a local theater.
Dig your toes in the sand.
The Jersey Shore’s
is easy to reach and
hard to forget!
Need help planning your
Monmouth County vacation?
Please call 800-523-2587 or
go to www.tourism.visitmonmouth.com Welcome/.
Spark’s 2018 Visit Monmouth Travel Guide
Spark’s 2018 Visit Monmouth Guide will assist you in planning your trip and give you a taste of the destinations, attractions and
events that make the area special. We’re here to help you make sense of the strip along the Atlantic Ocean that we happily call
home, and we hope the guide will make you feel welcome. You’ll find sections on a variety of activities and interest areas. Check the
On the Town section for information organized by location. The Events pages include groupings of events by category as well as a
yearlong event calendar. Get your bearings with a map of all the towns, including county, state and federal parks as well as major
roads and waterways. Map coordinates used throughout the guide will help you locate destinations. Enjoy your stay!
BELMAR KITE FESTIVAL
“I often find myself driving to the shore for my daily dose of inspiration—walking
the beach. With my iPhone in hand, I capture moments that provide the visual
that the mind can’t retain. The changing sky and ocean never disappoint,
especially when scouring the shoreline for some fascinating finds. There’s a
certain comfort one feels when walking at the beach, clearing the mind and
cleansing the soul ... it’s like hitting a reset button. I never would’ve thought that
finding a scallop seashell (over a thousand to be exact) on the beach in Belmar
would lead me to a remote village at the base of the Pyrenees mountains in the
south of France: St Jean Pied de Port, the start of what would be a 500-mile
journey on foot across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. Learning the most
iconic symbol of the walk is the scallop shell, I armed myself with a stash that
left a trail along the way and shared among fellow pilgrims. So a bit of the Jersey
Shore is dispersed around the world. I share a certain affinity for Belmar, and it
was bittersweet for me when the new “wave” logo for Belmar replaced the scallop
shell. But if you drive into Belmar, glance up at the water tower—remnants of
scallop shell design still grace the town. I smile.”
BY NANCY ORLOWSKI
Photo by J. Rutherford