One of the best perks about living in Monmouth County is how close we are to the beach! Whether you like to lounge all day by the water, surf with the kids, or dine at great restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Check out some of our favorite spots to have some fun in the sun!!
Belmar Beach is always a family favorite. It was ranked the highest in NJ in the “Testing the Waters” report done by the Natural Resources Defense Council. It also offers several playgrounds for the kids, which is great when you need to break up the day. Have a child interested in surfing? There’s a surf camp offered at 3rd Ave beach. Click here for more info. It’s also incredibly easy to wheel strollers and gear onto the beach, as they were one of the first towns to install Mobi-Mats. Didn’t pack lunch? There’s lots of great spots including a pizzeria, Playa Bowls, Dunkin’, and 7-11 for snacks!
Season badges: $70
Daily passes: $9 (16 and up)
Our family been heading to Sea Girt beach for years. It’s beautiful, quiet, and family-friendly. There’s a great boardwalk to bring the running stroller, or take the kids for a walk. The pavilion offers breakfast and lunch items. You can also walk a block or two and grab some lunch on the patio at the infamous Parker House. Sea Girt is a great spot to relax and enjoy the family.
Season badges: $105
Daily passes: $10
Long Branch beaches are packed with things to do with the family. It’s home to Pier Village, a ‘city by the sea.’ Take a break for lunch at Stewart’s Rootbeer, Sirena, Playa Bowls, and McLoone’s Pier House, to name a few! There’s also great shopping! Long Branch beaches also have four different playgrounds for kids, concessions throughout the boardwalk, and beach gear rentals. Look out for movies on the beach this summer, click here for the schedule!
– $5 M-F
– $7 weekends/holidays
– $3 every day for ages 14-17
– $30 for 14-17
Always FREE for 13 and under/62 and older with ID and for disabled individuals!
This is for municipal beaches only and does not apply to Seven Presidents (North of Seaview Avenue).
This historic shore town is home to some great beaches and family-friendly fun. Spend the morning on the beach, and take the kids up to the splash pad on the boardwalk to break up the afternoon. Bring the stroller and check out some unique shops and delicious lunch spots. End the day with some mini golf and ice cream at Coney Waffle!
Regular (Age 18 thru 61 ) $70
Teens (age 13 thru 17) $20
Seniors (age 62 and over ) $20
Saturday & Sunday: $7
Sea Bright is an adorable beach town in Monmouth County, and definitely one of our favorites. Spend the day on the beautiful sand, and bring the kids to the brand-new playground, complete with swings and slides for all ages. Grab lunch walking distance at Woody’s Ocean Grille, Yumi, or Tommy’s Tavern + Tap. Don’t forget ice cream at Gracie & The Dudes!
Season badge: $100
Daily pass: $8
Under 12: Free
With seven miles of ocean and bay beaches, there’s a lot to do while visiting this national park. Take the kids on a bike trail, bring the dog for a walk on the bayside, plan a picnic for lunch, and go on a hike (perfect for your nature enthusiast!). Sandy Hook is also home to the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the U.S. Parking fills up quickly on the weekends, so make sure to leave early!
Beach parking is $15 per day or $75 per season.
Dubbed the “Jewel of the Jersey Shore,” Spring Lake is by far the cutest beach town in Monmouth County! The beaches are clean and pristine, family-friendly, and offer plenty to do. Downtown is a short walk from the shore where you can stay at adorable B & B’s, shop in their infamous shopping district, dine for lunch, or just take a stroll down the tree-lined, picturesque streets of this cozy beach town.
Seasonal badge: $105 (12 & up)
Daily pass: $10