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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

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Address: Sandy Hook, NJ
Phone Number: 732 872 5970
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Description: Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.

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Peaceful and Nice Beach to Relax in Sun

This is a great beach location in NJ and its very quite and sunny location. Ample of parking is available at each stops and lots of bike trails and clean sand beach. This place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Edison, New Jersey
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Edison, New Jersey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a great beach location in NJ and its very quite and sunny location. Ample of parking is available at each stops and lots of bike trails and clean sand beach. This place has a Naval History and NJ is proud of it. I would advice to bring you own food because the only thing it don't have is... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This place is steeped in history from where Fort Hancock was built in 1859 to being a proving ground. you will pass some display missiles and gun positions. the beaches are fantastic but be warned Gunnison beach is clothing optional, I choose to leave my clothes on. Its a great place to relax either on the ocean side or the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I took a day trip before the summer season started. We were able to get in for free and enjoy a beautiful day at the beach. There are a few places where they allow dogs. The beach and surrounding areas were clean. The light house is beautifully maintained. Worth the hour drive.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We took a day trip to Sandy Hook to bike on the paved path with our kids. It's a safer alternative to biking on the roads. The path was flat and scenic. We passed much of the historic buildings and ruins, biked through the woods, biked in open stretches parallel to the road, and biked along the water's edge on... More 

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New Jersey
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Loved the beaches. Cant wait to head back in warmer weather with a proper camera !! Hard to add much more except to say the lighthouse is the oldest in the US and the whole Fort area is historic and great to stroll around for all ages. There are a couple of waterfront restaurants at Highlands just before the bridge... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW JERSEY PART I-SANDY HOOK AND NAVASINK TWIN LIGHTS (THE LIGHTHOUSE SERIES I) I stand on my sandy spit, looking out to sea, as I have done for over 250 years. I may not be as tall as some of my brothers and sisters in other parts of my country, standing only 103 feet high, nor am I... More 

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Paterson, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Living just a little more than an hour away, I specifically went down to Sandy Hook just to catch the sun rising on the beach. As mentioned (and can't really add much more) by previous reviewers, it's a beautiful stretch of beach. I was there during the off season, so there wasn't any charge to enter the park. It's open... More 

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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I live near Sandy Hook and I feel very lucky that such a beautiful place is only minutes away. The best beaches are toward the northern tip - it takes a little longer to get there so they are a little quieter. If you like to bare all, go to Gunnison or "Beach G" - the largest nude beach on... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area is very special... This park is the best beach in New Jersey, in my opinion. The park includes the bay side beach, and several beaches on the ocean side, plenty of parking, walking trails, bathrooms, Fort Hancock, Visitor Center, and Light House. The views vary depending which beach you are on:. the Twin... More 

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I am very fond of this area, since I lived on Sandy Hook for 4 years, this was during my enlistment with the U. S. Coast Guard. There are many things to do here, visit the gun batteries from the Shore Defense Era, visit the old site of the Missile Defense Site at Sandy Hook. There are miles of great... More 

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