SEA GIRT NJ
One of the most charming towns along the Jersey Shore, Sea Girt is a wonderful community known for its rich history and beautiful landscape. Just 1 square mile, it features beautiful beaches and boardwalk, Wreck Pond, Stockton Lake, and captivating and tranquil Crescent Park. Sea Girt has been home to the New Jersey National Guard Training Camp since 1887. It is bordered by Spring Lake to the north, Manasquan to the south, and Wall Township to the west. You may recognize photos of Sea Girt’s historic lighthouse, located on Beacon Blvd., the last shore lighthouse on the east coast with a “keeper’s residence”.
Don’t Miss: Taking a stroll through beautiful, forested Crescent Park, home to exceptional sassafras, American holly trees and English ivy. Go while the sun is shining for best rippling effect.
SPRING LAKE NJ
Spring Lake is a refined and gracious seashore town known for its 2-mile long non-commercial boardwalk, beautiful homes and manicured lawns. The town boasts many wonderful and historic inns and a delightful downtown area with shops and restaurants. Enjoy a stroll in Divine Park, which surrounds the lake for which the town is named. Children will enjoy the playground and swans while you take in the gardens, shade trees, walking bridges, and bells of St. Catharine. Spring Lake Borough borders the Monmouth County municipalities of Belmar, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake Heights and Wall Township.
Don’t Miss: A walk through Divine Park, over the footbridge that spans the lake.
Belmar is an active and vibrant beach community. There is always something to do in Belmar no matter what time of year. The summer season kicks off in early March with the always-well-attended St Patrick’s Day Parade and the activities keep coming straight through until the lighting of the Christmas/Holiday tree. National Surfing and Beach Volley Ball tournaments are held each summer, bringing visitors from around the world. There are plenty of restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and recreational activities to keep you busy. Belmar has a beautiful, wide beach and long boardwalk with facilities for people who visit for the day.
LONG BEACH ISLAND AND BEACH HAVEN NJ
Long Beach Island is a beautiful barrier reef island, 18 miles long on the coast of southern Ocean County. Lined with charming towns, LBI is a Jersey Shore paradise. A narrow island, surrounded by the Barnegat Bay to the west and the Atlantic to the east, visitors find it a quick and easy walk from the bayside to the beach and vice versa, making nearly every home perfect for rent or purchase. The island is accessed from a causeway that drops travelers in the town of Ship Bottom. To the north are the towns of Surf City, Loveladies, North Beach, Harvey Cedars and Barnegat Light, home of the famous Barnegat Lighthouse.
Heading south, visitors will find Brant Beach, Long Beach Township, Holgate and Beach Haven. The historic town of Beach Haven is home to charming Bay Village and quaint Fantasy Island Amusement Park, plus shopping and dining along its main Boulevard. Great restaurants and marinas make visiting Beach Haven a “must” for vacationers to LBI.
POINT PLEASANT BEACH AND BORO
Point Pleasant Beach and Boro offer families two wonderful towns in which to live or visit during the summer season. The Borough of Point Pleasant (aka Point Boro) offers a wonderful family town with great school spirit and town pride. Wonderful waterways for those who love to boat and fish make Point Boro a special place to live year-round.
Point Pleasant Beach is known for its excellent school system, which is always ranked high among all New Jersey schools. For family-friendly beachside fun, it’s hard to beat Point Pleasant Beach. The expansive beach is kept clean and the Boardwalk is great for kids with rides, games of chance, mini golf, and the impressive Jenkinson’s Aquarium for the kids. Plenty of indulgences are offered along the mile-long Boardwalk, including waffles and ice cream, sausage and peppers, pizza, popcorn and cotton candy. Point Pleasant Beach offers a charming downtown area with restaurants and shops with antiques and all types of hidden treasures.
Manasquan is not only a fabulous Jersey Shore beach town, it is also a wonderful family-oriented year-round place to live. For year-rounders, the town is most loved for its downtown area with local shops and restaurants, and its well-known Manasquan High School, which sits in the middle of town and is a center-piece for many activities including high school football games, crafts, and art fairs. The high school serves the student needs of neighboring beach towns, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Brielle, and sections of Belmar.
Manasquan’s year-round population of 6,000 increases dramatically as vacationers flock to its beach during the summer season. Beautiful Manasquan Inlet is a main thoroughfare for boaters to access the Atlantic and also serves as the town’s southern border with neighboring Point Pleasant Beach. Surfers love Manasquan, and in fact the town is a regular host on the East Coast Surf circuit.
Mansaquan is a wonderful town in which to live or visit!
WALL NJ TOWNSHIP
Wall Township is a hidden jewel at the Jersey Shore. Many long-time Jersey Shore visitors have never even heard its name, and its residents will tell you they are perfectly fine with that.
At 18 square miles, it is one of the largest townships in Central New Jersey and borders the beach towns to the east. Wall Township was originally a farming community, known for its magnificent horse farms, vegetable farms, and apple orchards. Through the years, as more folks discovered the beauty of living near the beach in Central Jersey, Wall slowly and with great oversight, developed.
Wall does not have its own post office. Rather, it uses the services of bordering towns to deliver its mail. While exploring homes in Wall, buyers will encounter zip codes in Sea Girt, Manasquan, Belmar, Spring Lake and four other towns. Using a good realtor who knows the area is extremely important when house shopping in Wall Township! Wall is best known for its large property sizes, its many acres of Open Green Space, its 10 mile plus bike path, and high school sports programs. With an abundance of space dedicated to school fields and kids’ recreation, Wall Township is a fabulous and healthy place to raise children.
Brielle is a charming riverside town of under 5,000 people, with a varied landscape and rich history. Originally a Lenape Indian hunting and fishing settlement and farming community during colonial times, a large tract of its land was purchased by a group of businessmen in 1881. Transfixed by the charm of the quaint riverside area, they decided it was an ideal place to build vacation homes. They named the town Brielle, after a geographically similar town in the Netherlands. In the latter part of the 19th century, restaurants, summer “cottages” , and hotels were built along its picturesque banks of the Manasquan River.
Today, Brielle is home to marinas, restaurants, the Manasquan River Golf Club, and a wonderful tour of riverside homes, all of which which can be viewed and/or accessed by boat as you meander along its 4 miles of river. Primarily a year-round community, residents are particularly proud of the K-8 elementary school. High school students attend Manasquan High School. Brielle is a wonderful community in which to live and raise a family.
AVON BY THE SEA NJ
Avon-by-the-Sea is a small seaside community, less than .5 square miles, surrounded by water on 3 sides and known for its beautiful beach and boardwalk. To the south Avon borders the Shark River Inlet and the town of Belmar, to the north Sylvan Lake serves as border with Bradley Beach. Victorian and Colonial style houses line Avon’s streets and serve as both summer and year-round homes for its residents. Avon offers visitors a variety of Bed and Breakfasts at which to stay and restaurants to visit. Although Avon features a non-commercial boardwalk, vacationers and residents can dine on the boardwalk at Avon Pavilion or on Ocean Ave at the Columns by the Sea, with both restaurants offering fabulous views of the beach and Atlantic Ocean.
Avon students attend Avon Elementary K – 8 and then attend either Manasquan High School or Asbury Park or can apply to the academy schools offered throughout Monmouth County. Located off exit 98 on the Garden State Parkway and just 60 miles from New York City, Avon-by-the-Sea is a favorite locale for those travelling from the north.