New Jersey Gay Beaches
5th Avenue in Asbury
Asbury Park has undergone extensive revitalization with new restaurants and bars being built along the ocean front, largely accredited to the influx of economic development stemming from the gay community. While there is no official gay beach on Asbury's mile-long stretch of beach, the 5th Avenue Beach, located South of Convention Hall is a popular area for our community.
Info: Daily and weekends, $5; free for those age 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. Season badges $65, or $15 for those age 13 to 17 and 62 and older.
The 2nd Avenue Beach at the North End of Belmar
Belmar exit off the Garden State Parkway, head for the ocean and go north to 2nd Ave.
Info: Beach badges are required for admission to Belmar’s beaches from 9:00am to 5:00 pm., on weekends only from Memorial Day until the full season starts on the 3rd Monday of June, when badges are required every day until Labor Day. The fee for daily badges is $7 per day (children 15 and under are free). Seasonal badges are available for $50 and $15 for senior citizens, aged 62 and over, and for disabled individuals
The Gunnison Beach at Sandy Hook
This clothing optional beach is revered as one of the best established nude beaches on the East Coast of the United States. While the beach is also frequented by many straight nudists and families, the southernmost section of the beach, furthest from the parking lot, is a well known gay-friendly portion of the beach. Located on federal property, there is no boardwalk and the only cost to get on the beach is to pay a fee to park your car. The parking lot is known to fill up quickly on the weekends before noon, so it is best to get there early.
Info: Beach parking permits are sold, per car, at the entrance, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Beach Parking fees are $10 per car/per day. A season pass may also be purchased for $50. Visitors, who are handicapped or over age 62, may get the ½ price discount with proof of age and a Golden Pass, available at the visitor’s Center.
boasts the oldest boardwalk amusement area in New Jersey, a small waterpark and a beach on Raritan Bay.
Info: Free. The eastern-most one is where you'll find our people.
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