Summer at the Beach in Belmar, New Jersey
Belmar is where I grew up and where my mother grew up! Every summer for a few months, the entire town transforms from a quiet beach town into a crowded vacation spot! The beach is beautiful. I've seen a whale by the pier, next to the nature preserve, where people fish in the inlet to Shark River. The waves can be rough, but they're a lot of fun. There are plenty of lifeguards and it's a great spot for surfers! It can get really hot here, especially in the middle of the summer, but the ocean is always very cold. We have so much great food in town, the cutest main street and lots of fun bars.
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Things to do in Belmar, New Jersey
Spend the day relaxing on the beach! 3rd - 5th ave is less crowded and where my family always hangs out. 8th and 16th have the most food options across the street but are also the most crowded because of it!
Take a Surf lesson on 2nd Ave at Summertime Surf School.
Visit Belmar's Nature Beach Reserve on 1st, spot lots of sea birds and if you're lucky, a whale or dolphin!
Take a walk around Silver Lake and if you have kids stop for a whole at Jane Magovern's Playground. The Playground is pretty new and honestly really cool. Jane Magovern was my Mother's art teacher when she was a kid. When I was a kid I spent my summers at Mrs. Magovern's childrens camp that she ran out of her home on Silver Lake. She would take us to the beach every day! Her husband was the mayor and she passed away a few years ago, which is why they dedicated the park to her.
Walk down Main Street and visit all the cute shops. There are thrift stores and all kinds of small businesses full of character and stories. One of my favorite shops is the Mineral Shop (I love crystals!) Check out the Marina for a picnic or rent a paddle board and explore Shark River. You can even go parasailing; you get on a boat at the Marina and parasail over the ocean along the coast. The Marina also has a small beach, a great park for kids, tennis courts and a picnic area. Watch the sunrise over the ocean and the sunset over the river on the Marina.
30 minutes north takes you to Sandy Hook; a National Recreation Area with beautiful beaches. Sandy Hook has a Lighthouse and you can see New York City across the water from the beach!
Drive an hour north, or take the train along the coast for 2 hours (the train ride is beautiful, with lots of ocean views and stops in cute main streets in small beach towns) and you will be in the center of New York City!
20 minutes south of Belmar is Point Pleasant Beach with an incredible boardwalk full of games, rides, restaurants & bars, mini golf and an aquarium.
30 minutes south of Belmar is SeaSide Beach, where the show The Jersey Shore was filmed. Seaside has even more rides on it's boardwalk than Point Pleasant and an entire water park! Lots of fun for families and lots of bars and places to party, if that's your vibe!
Places to eat & drink in Belmar, New Jersey
Breakfast at Playa Bowl, NJ's first acai bowl restaurant. Take your smoothie bowl to go, grab a coffee from Coffee Surf Co (inside Playa Bowls) and walk across the street to have your breakfast at the beach.
For a warm or savory breakfast check out Stay Gold Cafe on Main Street. Their breakfast potatoes are incredible and they make fresh juice! Stay Gold is always showcasing local art on their walls, their open for lunch too and sometimes there is live music!
At Sweet Tease Tea Room you can sit down for Afternoon High Tea! We had a tea party there on my daughters birthday and it was lovely! The little cakes & sandwiches were super tasty and the tea was delicious!
Head to 10th Ave Burrito for Mexican food & drinks.
Grab a quick slice of pizza at Federico's on main OR if you want a full, nice Italian meal head to Federici's on 10th! Similar names but completly different vibes! Be sure to get Strollos! It is unlike any ice cream you will ever try, technically it's italian ice but reminds me of the gelato I had in Rome! They are only open during the summer, there's almost always a line and they only take cash!
Watch the sunset over Shark River at the Marina while eating dinner at the Marina Grille or over drinks at 9th ave Pier. Go out for drinks at Bar A or D'Jais for the authentic Jersey Shore party expirence.
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