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Nature Reserve in Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

Here you’ll find the nation’s oldest lighthouse; excellent birding in a holly forest; outstanding views of Manhattan’s skyline on clear days; beautiful white dunes; and even a nude beach alongside a gay beach (area …
Seafood in Sandy Hook

Bahr's Landing

A century of seafood tradition on the docks, with views facing the Hook. You can hardly go wrong, but we found the cups of chowder, Maine mussels and lobster roll particularly delish. Long waits in the summer, but i…
Lighthouse in Sandy Hook

Twin Lights of Navesink

If you can't get enough of Jersey lighthouses, the medieval-like brownstone double towers of Navesink offer an awesome – and free – view of Sandy Hook Bay. Trivia: it's the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard at …
Sandwiches in Sandy Hook

Et Al Fine Food

Former Manhattan executive chef Kim Ramin got it in her noodle to come back home to Jersey and set up on the Shore, where she whips up yummy hot sandwiches like Cubans and BLTs and a range of healthier salads and wr…
Lighthouse in Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

The oldest operating lighthouse in the country. Admission by tour only, and visitors must be at least 4ft tall. Reservations are requested three weeks in advance.