We had been to the beach many times in the summer, but we decided to check it out after last weekend's blizzard. Blue sky, pounding surf and a long walk towards the Essex end of the beach. It looked like the dunes had been sheared off by the storm and it was a little tough getting down off the boardwalk, but the beach was even more breath-taking in the winter. Just a complete escape for a couple of hours. But, yes, they still charge you to enter the parking lot, even in February. It was worth it.