Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area
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  • Andrés Blanco
    Carteret, New Jersey673 contributions
    One of the best spots on the Jersey Shore.
    It was my first time on Sandy Hook and i was very pleased being there. Me and my girlfriend were looking for a good spot to do some biking along the shore and we decided to give Sandy Hook a shot. It was worth it! Firstly you need to know that there's a fee to get into the recreation area: $15 for regular passenger cars. Secondly you should be aware that this place gets crowed during the summer time by beach goers but luckily Sandy Hook is a long peninsula (6 miles long) so there's enough spots and parking (there are like 6 or 7 parking sections along Sandy Hook) for everybody. There are many fishing spots as well as for picnic and a multi-use pathway which is 5 miles long (10 miles going in and back). It was very pleasant to bike along Sandy Hook. You get wonderful views, historical places to explore, there are a couples of trucks where you can stop to take a bite and much more. Also there are bike and Kayak rentals. I will definitely go back soon during this season. I consider Sandy Hook to be one of the best spots along the Jersey Shore.
    Visited July 2020
    Written July 8, 2020
  • Richard P
    Easton, Pennsylvania311 contributions
    Beautiful beach and beautiful sunsets
    This area, in my opinion, has some of the best beaches in America. Lots of history here too. Great place for bike riding along the miles of bike trails. It's a little more crowded this summer because the New York City beaches are closed so those who usually would stay closer to home are coming to Sandy Hook and other New Jersey beaches. I could tell you the least crowded beach on Sandy Hook, but if I did, it would just get crowded. I'm keeping this beach a secret.
    Visited August 2020
    Written August 17, 2020
  • SailorGrl103
    Waldwick, New Jersey33 contributions
    Beautiful, But Off Season is a Better Beach Experience
    This is one of the most beautiful beaches! It’s clean, soft sand, there are walking paths, the bay side, ocean side and ample parking. This is why I have been coming here for years, but there are a few things that can make the beach day unpleasant and has been an issue the last few times I have been there. Some large groups are disrespectful, especially with loud music. Music is okay, but blasting it loud and with profane language is not okay especially with young kids around. Please be courteous of others around you! The second item are these large wind barriers that many people were using. These are fine if you are not blocking the beautiful view of the beach for everyone around you. But some groups set up large barriers right in front of the beach. Please, be respectful as everyone is sharing the same beach. For these reasons. I think I will stick to off season visits as there are lots of other beaches to choose from that don’t have these issues.
    Visited July 2022
    Written July 10, 2022
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Dale J
1 contribution
Aug. 2023
Beautiful beaches but you have to find the "not so crowded" ones...best to go during the week. The bridge backs up for miles for hours on weekends. A lot of history, great bike trails all over through the scrub pines. New fun restaurant/bar out on the end for Happy Hour, food & sunsets. Another wonderful place that makes New Jersey the amazing state that it is! **Only rated it a 4 because of the crowds.
Written August 27, 2023
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Connie B
6 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Friends
What they don’t tell you about Sandy Hook Beach if you take the ferry from NYC, is you will be shuttled in a bus. A school bus type that is packed full like sardines. You stop at each parking lot and I felt a little bit like I was on a field trip (back in elementary school). The food (?) is truly 2 food trucks and the chair/umbrella rental is a table on the side of parking lot. There are NO garbage cans on either the beach or the bathroom area— actually they pride themselves in posting signs (no garbage cans). The beach itself was fine — nothing super spectacular. Lots of seagulls so don’t leave your food unattended. No beach activities (volleyball, etc…). Lots of sunshine, that was about it. I don’t think I will be heading back to Sandy Hook Beach anytime soon.
Written August 26, 2023
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Johnny D
1 contribution
Jan. 2023
What's with the 300 rumble strips? And why so close together? Wouldn't just a few speed bumps be more effective. A once peaceful ride now ruined with these annoying rumble strips. What exactly is the purpose? Jersey trash thinking at its worse. Notice the South Jersey zombies also have a tendency to park backwards. So demented. Sheep mentality and a horrible tradition at the Jersey shore.
Written February 11, 2023
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,661 contributions
Sep. 2022
I did not realize that would be such long, multiple use beaches along the road out to historic Fort Hamilton. This would be a great leisure area if I lived nearby. The active Coast Guard area is small and closed off to the public. Got to say the dock was tiny for the ferry and the schedule seemed sparse. The lighthouse is nice; we parked near the picnic area (we'd brought a lunch) and walked around the historic area (Kind of a long walk) Lots of people were on bikes. We popped into the cafe for a coffee and an ice cream bar across from the lighthouse to rest. There are not many benches to do that. We liked it.
Written October 11, 2022
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slpsomm
Dover, OH507 contributions
Aug. 2022
Very nice lighthouse. It had just closed so we couldn’t go up, but the grounds are clean and there are some historical placards you can read
Written September 8, 2022
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Kelly
15 contributions
Aug. 2022
We have been going to Sandy Hook beach for a few years now. It never disappoints. Beautiful blue water, clean sand, no garbage or trash. The visitors are always friendly. The life guards are attentive. You can see NYC skyline from the beach - how cool is that? It is only $20 to park for the day and they do have season passes if you will be going a few times. Love that there isn't a boardwalk with all the commercial that goes with it. There are bathrooms and outdoor rinsing stations. There are even a few food trucks in the parking lot. What more could you ask for?

If you have had enough sun, there is even a lighthouse a mile or so down the road on the island. Lots of historical stuff.
Written August 26, 2022
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DrDelGrosso
Bellevue, KY76 contributions
Aug. 2022
You can see Newv York City from the beach, family friendly Lot D.
Food trucks also with ice cream. Lots of fisherman to watch also. Lifegueards verty attentive. Be careful in ocean. Lots of hard waves!
Written August 15, 2022
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SailorGrl103
Waldwick, NJ33 contributions
Jul. 2022
This is one of the most beautiful beaches! It’s clean, soft sand, there are walking paths, the bay side, ocean side and ample parking. This is why I have been coming here for years, but there are a few things that can make the beach day unpleasant and has been an issue the last few times I have been there. Some large groups are disrespectful, especially with loud music. Music is okay, but blasting it loud and with profane language is not okay especially with young kids around. Please be courteous of others around you! The second item are these large wind barriers that many people were using. These are fine if you are not blocking the beautiful view of the beach for everyone around you. But some groups set up large barriers right in front of the beach. Please, be respectful as everyone is sharing the same beach. For these reasons. I think I will stick to off season visits as there are lots of other beaches to choose from that don’t have these issues.
Written July 10, 2022
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caseylalonde
27 contributions
Oct. 2021
Incredible birdwatching and beaches. Plenty of wide-open beaches on the bayside and oceanside. Check out McFly's On the Hook for a cold drink, a cup of coffee and a delicious milkshake.
Written October 9, 2021
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REALTOR Luis Pinto
Kearny, NJ120 contributions
Sep. 2021
I've been coming here since I was a kid and its the closest beach exit for me from Northern Jersey. I like the rawness about this place. wish it was cleaner but then again its Jersey and as clean as its going to get.
Written October 6, 2021
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