Sandy Hook, NJ
NJ has many beautiful beaches down the shore. There is a beach for every taste, there are party beaches, quiet beaches, beaches with roller coaster rides, aquariums, waterparks, hiking, habitats and so much more fun. Of course, after Sandy hit it was hard to say what remained intact and what was swept away. Thankfully, with the help of all the folks that have worked hard restoring the beach to it’s beautiful self it is even more glorious then before!
I love the beach. Real beach. Ocean with big waves and miles of sand. We like beaches with no rides, and no restaurants. Just the waves and the sand for us. I’ve tried many of them on the Jersey shore. My favorites are Belmar and Sandy Hook. I enjoyed Seven Presidents. Point Pleasant has many rides, and restaurants and the Jackson Aquarium. It is a fun place to take the kids to spend a day, but if you are looking to just enjoy the water there are many quieter spots.
Out of all the beaches Sandy Hook is definitely a favorite! Maybe it’s that it is just the sand and the ocean, or maybe it’s that I am in good company there, or maybe it’s the music and the sunsets. I don’t know what it is, but I fell in love with that particular beach over the last few years.
This was the second year that we joined some friends on the Sandy Hook Beach every Wednesday night. Every night there is a free concert there at 5 pm and until sundown on beach E. Entrance to the beach is free after 5 pm, and before 5 pm it is only $15.00 per car. Keep in mind though, that if you show up at 4:58 pm, you will still have to pay the entrance fee, so if you mean to come after 5 pm, better make sure it is actually after 5 pm. Depending on the band playing, the parking fills up quickly, so if you are there to see the concert, be prepared for a bit of a walk to beach E. It is really a very lovely walk. The concerts are run by The Sandy Hook Foundation every year. HERE is their website. They do a lot for this beautiful park! You can also find the schedule for the concerts on their website every year.
I do consider us to be very lucky to be able to do that every week. It is beautiful. We stay off to the side, a bit away from the concert crowd. The kids get to play with their friends and enjoy some fresh ocean air. We watch the sunset, and a few times even the moon rise, and make more friends along the way. Good friends make everything more fun!!! It is like a small vacation. Now that the weather is getting colder I cannot wait to start going to the beach often again.
Sandy Hook is a National State Park: HERE is more information about this wonderful place.
The plan for the next summer is to make it to the beach once a week.