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“Dismayed - for shame”

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Dismayed - for shame”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

I just witnessed a beach police tell a family with a baby to remove their cooler which contained breast milk. Seriously! Does spring lake have any idea how long it takes to pump enough milk for a newborn. The family got up and left because the mom didn't want to put her little cooler on the boardwalk. She was afraid someone might steal the milk.

People come to the beach for relaxation - not to be hassled by the breast milk police!

Such a disgrace!

Visited August 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Expensive”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

It really gets on my last nerve to pay $10.00 a person to sit on a beach in spring lake. We normally visit Belmar but parking was a little lighter in spring lake. In addition to the $10.00, I had to remove my bag with water bottles and ice in it. I no longer can have ice water but rather warm water to keep myself hydrated with.

I am sure that people will say - if you don't like the prices and the rules regarding coolers on the beach - then don't come to this beach.

The New Jersey shore is not owned by anyone is it? I can understand that certain beaches are maintained by certain towns, but what gives them the right to charge anything that they want and mandate that certain activities are forbidden? Part of my federal tax dollars go to maintaining the new jersey shore beaches. Part of my tax dollars go to help maintain the spring lake elite.

We won't be back! I would rather pay $8.00, struggle for parking, look at less than perfect bodies, watch families eating and enjoying themselves and drink cold water, than go back to spring lake!

My tax dollars are better spent in Belmar.

Visited August 2013
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7 Thank Kodrn
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Essex Fells, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Calm. Attractive Jersey Shore Jewel”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Washington Avenue Beach? Never heard of it. It should be Spring Lake Beach as you can access Ocean Avenue from most of the east-bound lanes in the shore town. Direct access to the beach can be from many points along Ocean Avenue. Parking on the residential streets is free so you won't sweat the $10 beach badge fee too much. You also get to walk a block or two (maybe more on more crowded weekends) where you can check out some beautiful homes and landscaping. Sandy destroyed the entire boardwalk (Irene swiped at it before her) and most of it has been rebuilt upon the original 1937 W.P.A. concrete pilings. there is a dune between the boardwalk and Ocean Avenue. Two pavilions normally anchor the boardwalk but the northern one is being replaced and is not finished (planned, not Sandy-related.) Otherwise food and drink and bathroom facilities would be provided at two ends of the beach. Temporary bathroom facilities are available in the vicinity of the former north pavilion. No food is permitted on the beach and you can leave your coolers on the boardwalk near the badge sellers. No audible electronic equipment is allowed either. This makes for a peaceful and virtually gull-free shore experience. Want more of a "scene"? Go to neighboring Belmar. Spring Lake has very clean sand and you can see your feet when standing in chest-high clear, clean water. they have fresh water showers available near the boardwalk as well. I recommend local post-beach eateries The Parker House in nearby Sea Girt, Pastaio in downtown Spring Lake (outside tables) or Belmar's Klein's Seafood.

Visited July 2013
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5 Thank WCiardiello
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Providence, Rhode Island
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451 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Beautiful, clean, wide beach”
Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful, clean, wide beach. It is $10 per person for a daily pass to get on the beach. Passes can be bought at the north end. Coolers can be left on the boardwalk.

If you need facilities, the south end pavilion has bathrooms, a small gift shop and snack bar with reasonable prices. There is a covered deck above the snack bar to have lunch. There is also a pool which costs an additional $10 for a daily pass.

Visited August 2013
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Trenton, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“I just saw a huge whale in Spring Lake today”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

He was at the South End Pavillion on July 15 at 11:30 am.....I have seen this bug fat whale on TV but he was even more grotesque in person. He eats doughnuts, not plankton and was last seen in Trenton with his mouth wide open.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Aka C
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