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Jersey Shore Beaches: 10 Best Beaches Near Jersey City

Written by Kristen Haas

Best Beaches Near Jersey City:

It’s summer, and let’s be honest, all we want to do is sit on the beach. Although living in a city makes it hard to get a beach day in, it’s easier. In addition, we live relatively close to some of the best beaches around. So forget what you’ve seen on reality TV and get down to one of these glorious New Jersey gems for a day trip. It’s fun in the sun for the whole family! Here are some of the best picks.

Check the websites and call about passes before you visit the beaches as they can vary depending on the weather. 

Sandy Hook Beach

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Sandy Hook is a great day trip for our area. It takes just over an hour by car from downtown Jersey City or 40 minutes by ferry (from Manhattan). There is so much to do because it’s a beach and national park! Besides the beaches, Sandy Hook offers fishing, bike riding, trails, and even camping now! The beaches are vast and very clean.

There are parking lots near each beach and bathhouses offering bathrooms and showers. There are even food trucks at some of the beaches. You can also bring your cooler and do a beach picnic, but you must take your trash when you leave. A word of caution: Sandy Hook is a popular destination on weekends; once the park is full, they close the gates, so be sure to get there early and call ahead to make sure the park is still open to visitors.

The beaches are accessible, but you must pay to enter the park. Luckily, you pay per car so it can be more economical than some Jersey Shore beaches.

Getting There: Sandy Hook is located just outside the Highlands via the Garden State Parkway at exit 117. Ferry service is provided by Seastreak and takes about 40 minutes from East 35th Street and Pier 11 in Manhattan.

Asbury Park 

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Asbury Park is more fun now than ever before! There’s so much to do, including lovely beaches to play on. The infamous Asbury Park Boardwalk offers many events, activities, and great restaurants. Some great eating options include Pop’s Garage, Tim McLoone’s Super Club, etc. There is even Asbury Splash Park, which you can access all day. Parking is available in either metered spots or in paid lots. There is even an app for “Pay-By-Cell Parking.” Check out their website for more information. Beach badges are sold on the Boardwalk between 1st and 2nd Avenues, and it is cash only.

Getting There: Asbury Park is about an hour away by car via the Garden State Parkway at exit 102. You can also take an NJ Transit train and get off at the Asbury Park Station, which is located on Cookman Avenue.


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The beaches of Belmar stretch for more than a mile and offer something for everyone in the family. Kids will love the beach playgrounds peppered around every few blocks along the beach. There is even a surf camp with classes for all ages! If you are feeling more into a beach volleyball game, there are nets on the beach, too. There are beach activities like a natural beach with signs that describe various types of plants and birds nearby, and 9th Avenue boasts the wreck of SS Malta, which crashed during a storm in 1885, and the sternpost is still visible.

The 10th Avenue beach offers umbrella and beach chair rentals – so you don’t have to lug all your gear! For an excellent post-beach lunch, check out 10th Avenue Burrito and if you are traveling by car and have some time, take the short ride over to Pete & Elda’s in Neptune for some excellent pizza.

Beach badges are required for admission to Belmar’s beaches from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week, from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.

Getting There: Belmar is about an hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City via Garden State Parkway at exit 98. You can also take an NJ Transit train there and get off at the Belmar train station, but take a cab to the beach because it’s a bit of a walk.

Point Pleasant Beach 

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Point Pleasant Beach has been a favorite in my family for years! You get the beach here, but you get a great boardwalk, too. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk has something for everyone. The amusement rides are a blast, and there are many geared toward the younger set, so this is a kiddie favorite.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium is also right on the boardwalk, and it’s small enough to be very kid-friendly. There are arcades aplenty, mini-golf, and tons of excellent boardwalk food choices (think funnel cakes, pizza, ice cream, etc.) Parking is sometimes a challenge. There are metered spots along Ocean Avenue and a large metered lot on Ocean and Arnold Avenues. Otherwise, Jenkinson’s offers four paid parking lots along the boardwalk. In addition, there are free street parking spots on the side streets off the boardwalk, but they can be hard to find.

Daily rates for the beach do not include the use of the bathhouse facilities.

Getting There: Point Pleasant Beach is a little over an hour’s drive from downtown Jersey City via Garden State Parkway at exit 98. You can also take an NJ Transit train and get off at the Point Pleasant Beach train station. It is a bit of a walk from the beach, but there are usually cabs waiting there, but plan and have a number for a cab service with you.

Island Beach State Park

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Island Beach State Park is located in Berkeley, just passed Seaside Park at the end of the barrier island. This is a great place to go on a day trip. You can bring a cooler and grill and have a full-day beach day. There are main beach areas with bathhouse facilities and parking lots. There are also more remote beach areas with parking spots along the main road, to which you have to hike a little bit. Lifeguards are only present at the main “swimming” beaches.

There is much wildlife to be seen, which the kids love! The park boasts almost 10 miles of beach for you to explore. It’s also a great place for bike ridinghiking, surfing, kayaking, and fishing. The park opens at 7 am during the summer months, but arrive there early because once the parking spots are filled, they close the gates, and vehicles will no longer be able to get in.

Island Beach State Park is most easily accessible by car. It is about a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Jersey City via Garden State Parkway at Exit 82. This ride takes much longer in the summer months, so plan accordingly. There is also a bus service to Island Beach State Park via Bus Route 137 from Port Authority Terminal, NYC, but you must let the driver know to continue from Seaside Park during the summer weekends.

Atlantic City

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Sun, sand, towering resort hotels, the bustling Boardwalk, the awe-inspiring Atlantic — this is one beach party you don’t want to miss. The Atlantic City, New Jersey beaches are famous, and rightly so. Everything you could want is within walking distance, from shops to five-star restaurants to casinos, attractions, and great shows — all benefits of being one of the few American beaches with boardwalks. What better way to cap a shopping day, concerts, and gourmet dining than a pleasant sunset walk on the shore? And should you want to venture into the waves, you can surf, fish, parasail, or embark on a relaxing cruise.


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The Borough of Allenhurst owns and operates the Allenhurst Beach Club, which features a large saltwater pool filled with the ocean every night during summer. The beach at the ABC is open to the public for a daily fee with handicap access found at the east end of Allen Ave and Cedar Ave.

Seaside Park

This almost two-mile-long beach has a small section of boardwalk to the north devoted to games, food operators, and the Funtown Pier Amusements. Dunes covered with tall grass line the entire oceanfront, primarily residential and south of the Funtown Pier. This is the place for sunbathers who want a quiet spot on the beach. There are plenty of metered parking spaces along Ocean Avenue. The borough owns a small concession stand on Ocean Avenue, a snack bar, and restrooms. Lifeguards designate special beach sections for fishing south of H Street between the lifeguard stands. The boardwalk is perfect for quiet strolls. The planks run the entire length of the borough and have benches.

Seaside Heights

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The beach is famous for its soft white sand and has received numerous awards and accolades, including being voted the 2016 New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium “Favorite Ocean County Beach.” Seaside Heights provides seasonal lifeguard services between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. The public may enter the ocean and swim in protected areas only when lifeguards are present.

Seaside Heights charges a beach fee to help defray expenses related to providing visitors with one of the cleanest and safest public beaches on the East Coast.

City of Wildwood

Everyone’s got something to sing about when it comes to a Wildwoods vacation. Everything you could ever want in a vacation experience is right there, on one 5-mile island, from relaxing on their spacious, FREE white-sand beaches to exploring the 38-block world-famous boardwalk. From fine dining to sweet treats you dream about all year long—the Wildwoods have the best of the Jersey Shore and more. Of course, this is a bit of a drive from Jersey City, but it is perfect if you want a weekend away.

Check the websites and call about passes before you visit the beaches as they can vary depending on the weather. 

Updated May 2024.

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