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“Excellent place for the Beach, Cycling and the Sunset” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, NJ
732 872 5970
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Sandy Hook
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Lighthouses
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Owner description: Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
New York City, New York
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“Excellent place for the Beach, Cycling and the Sunset”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This has become one of my must-to-do places in NJ-NY area. Very clean and well maintained. After a few hours on the beach, we went cycling for a few miles. Enjoyable for the kids and the adults.

Visited August 2013
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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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“Fun trip, not the best beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

The history of the Gateway National Are alone makes it worth a stop and visit on the way down the shore. Admission is a bit steep at $15 a car, but the barracks, old forts, middle installation, and lighthouse are cool to visitz even if you don't use any of the beaches. The beaches are fine if you don't want to make the extra drive further down the shore and don't mind the cargo ship traffic between NJ and Brooklyn. The view across to NYC is great from here.

Visited August 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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“Nice beach with a great view !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Went there for surfing but they don't accept floating devince. Got a great time anyway ! The water is good not much wave tho. You have a great view on NYC if you got at the far end of the ''hook''. Very calm spot, there's a lot of family.

Visited August 2013
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“Sandy Hook Lighthouse, North beach were great on Monday 8/26/13”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We went on a weekday due to hearing about traffic & crowds on the weekends. Monday morning it was a breeze to get in & out of there. We toured the lighthouse & keepers house museum, the tour was fantastic, the Rangers were great, helpful & informative. We then walked around the old Army sights, then onto North beach. North beach was beautiful, clean but a long walk from the lot to the actual water. We also checked out the observation deck there, it was nice. This was the first time we visited the hook, we were surprised at all the cool & seemingly tropical shells we found there on the beach, nothing like Point Pleasant area beaches drab shells. It was a family atmosphere on the beach, not crowded at all, the waves were very mild compared to PP. The sand was finer & softer than PP, better for building castles with. On out way out we stopped by horseshoe cove to check out the crabs, we saw a lot of little hermit crabs there & some blue crabs.

We will be going back. They even offer camping there, which is something we will do.

Visited August 2013
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“A Toilet With Sand”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I know the title is harsh, but I'm sorry, this beach is dirty (littered with cigarette butts and tampons), the water is filthy (gray and smelly), and the restrooms are disgusting (the memory of the ladies' room gets me queasy)! Many of the people who visit seem to feel that the "No Smoking" and "The garbage you take in you need to take out" policies do not pertain to them and since no one enforces these policies, the place is a dump. I understand that Jersey beaches/parks charge money to pay for their upkeep, but there is (nor was there ever - even before Hurricane Sandy) no upkeep done to this beach.

Do Not Go.

Visited August 2013
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