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Sea Bright, New Jersey

I have lived in New England all my life and have never been to a beach in New Jersey.  I’ve been to beaches in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  New Jersey is so close but yet so far......getting through New York is such a travel nightmare.

I can now say that I have been to the beach in New Jersey.  We were driving to Monmouth Park Raceway and took the scenic route through Sandy Hook and Sea Bright to Monmouth.  The beaches are on a narrow strip of land.  It is no wonder that this area was wrecked by Super Storm Sandy.  I can only imagine what the flood insurance costs......

My initial reaction was frustration at how restricted beach access is.  I thought we had it tough in Fairfield County Connecticut but at least we have the option of paying ridiculous amounts of money to spend the day at the beach.  Beach club after beach club restricts the public from accessing the beach.  We stopped and asked a beach club attendant were we could go to take a walk and he suggested the public beach in Sea Bright, NJ.  There was a small lot and thankfully it was very cool for a beach day and we had no trouble finding a free parking spot.  Free is very misleading because although there is no cost to park your car, each person is charged $8 to step foot on the beach!  $8 pp for a family of 4 is $32 just to go to the beach!  I complain that it costs $20 to park for the day at our beaches.......  Greg asked if we could just take a walk for free since it was evident we were not spending the day at the beach and they waived the fee for us.

The beach itself was lovely.  The surf was high and although this is a very groomed beach, the waves deposited many little lovelies for us to find.  I wonder what treasures would be discovered on a more remote beach.  We found Artic Wedge Clams and one Great Piddock and Jingles in dark charcoal gray colors.  We found bits of sea urchin and a great piece of coral.   Many of these pieces have been glued onto the shell mirror that Grace began making about a month ago.

New Jersey is a pain in the neck to travel to.  It took two hours to get there but took three to get home due to constant traffic through New Jersey and New York.  However, I think that a return trip is in our future.  Before we go, we will have to research more remote beaches that are not groomed and look around for great shelling spots.  I bet there are great spots to stay in September, once the season has ended and school has begun.....


  1. I still can't believe you have to pay to either park or go to the beach!! That is insane. But it looks like a lovely time. Love all the pictures.


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