I love the beach.
It’s a great escape from your everyday life of working and always running around. It’s relaxing and mesmerizing to watch the waves roll in one after another, and I like burying my toes underneath the sand.
I took a day off and drove down to Point Pleasant Beach with some friends, as I hadn’t yet visited the Jersey shore this summer. We were supposed to go to Island Beach State Park, but it was packed by the time we got there and the entrance gates were closed down by the police! Thankfully, this beach wasn’t very crowded. The trip to this beach was about 1.5 hours, one way.
It was nice 90° F weather … and I was sweating from head to toe! I could not wait to jump into the water. I wished the waves were a bit stronger, but they were pleasant nonetheless.
I spent most of my time in the water, as I’m not one who spends much time sunbathing.
Swim, eat, swim some more.
If you haven’t been here before but would like to visit, here are some things to keep in mind.
- Weekday daily rates:
- Adults 12+ are $9
- Children ages 5-11 are $3
- Children under 5 years of age are free
- On the weekends, the only rate that changes is for adults 12+, which goes up to $10.
It’s one of the cleaner beaches
Point pleasant boasts about its “crystal clean” beach. I found that to be accurate when I visited. Both the sand and the water were quite clear. Unlike some other beaches in New Jersey, it lacked the many floating seaweed and people’s trash and personal hygiene products. …Yes, that’s right.
It’s family friendly
Point pleasant beach has Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, which hosts arcades and other try-your-luck games, various family friendly rides, gift shops, and Jenkinson’s Aquarium!
Different aromas (mostly of fried food) greet you as you walk the mile-long boardwalk. Pizza, burgers, sausage and peppers, waffles and ice cream, cotton candy and popcorn, you can get them all.
This was my first time trying funnel cake and deep-fried Oreos (both $6.49 each). It’s so bad for you but it tastes so good! I’m glad I finally experienced these terribly unhealthy but delicious little treats.
Bathrooms and a bathhouse
Some beaches have bathrooms, some have porta John’s. This one has separate bathrooms and a bathhouse so you don’t have to leave with salt between the cracks. Perfect! It’s too bad I didn’t bring any of the toiletries so I can clean myself off…
Oh, the flies… How I hated them. These flies are a whole different kind compared to your typical house fly. They’re worse in that you can actually feel them prick you when they bite. They’re also quite relentless in their efforts to nibble on you even when you try shooing them away! Bugspray or not, they’re coming for you. They bugged the heck out of us from the time we arrived to the time we left.
The bathhouse isn’t free
When you’ve paid $9 or $10 for the admission, you’d think the bathhouse would be free for everyone to use. We definitely thought that was the case, but we were quite disappointed to hear you had to pay an extra fee to use it. It’s an extra $6 to use the shower. We weren’t allowed to change in the bathrooms either, so we took a quick rinse under the outdoor shower head and took turns changing in the van.
The price you pay for food
We got pizza at the boardwalk for dinner instead because the majority were too hungry to drive around elsewhere for food. We paid $40 for an entire pie. It was delicious but I would not buy pizza there again. I guess that’s to be expected, since it’s a touristy area. I’m glad we packed sandwiches for lunch and some snacks or else we would’ve spent more money at the boardwalk!
Aside from the annoying flies, it was still a fun trip and I’m glad I took off work for it. I knew I’d be spending a bit on this trip so I came with a credit card and some extra cash. The weather was perfect, being in the ocean water felt really refreshing and I came out with such soft and exfoliated skin! ✨
It truly is one of my favorite beaches along the New Jersey shore to go to when I need a relaxing getaway not too far from home. Clean beach, great family fun, and a plethora of food choices; what more can you ask for?