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Sandy Hook, NJ

Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media For NJ.com

About Sandy Hook

If you’re searching for a true-blue beach getaway in Monmouth County, look no further. Sandy Hook, which is part of the multi-state Gateway National Recreation Area, is massive, with six miles of beach and multiple public areas at which to park and plant yourself. There are also wildlife trails to explore, and at the north end of the barrier split resides the Sandy Hook Lighthouse — the oldest operating lighthouse in the U.S. If you really want to be adventurous, Gunnison Beach is a nude beach. Oh, and you can see the Empire State Building on a clear day.

Attractions

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Gunnison Beach

Gunnison beach is quite the character! Historically boasted as the "largest clothing optional beach on the east coast of the United States".

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Gateway National Recreation Area

Spanning 27,000 acres from Sandy Hook in New Jersey to Breezy Point in New York City, the park is both the gateway from the ocean into New York Harbor, and the gateway to the National Park Service for millions of visitors every year. Gateway offers green spaces and beaches alongside historic structures and cultural landscapes. Every day, Gateway is open for you to explore, envision, and enjoy!

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Sandy Hook Kayaks

Kayak and paddle board rentals, lessons and tours at Sandy Hook Beach. Take the Ferry from Manhattan and our shuttle will pick you up! Shuttle pickup and return to any beach. Book online it's easy!