Jenkinson’s Beach– Point Pleasant, NJ: Best Beaches in the Mid-Atlantic
Jenkinson’s Beach in Point Pleasant, New Jersey is a popular tourist spot anchored by a mile long boardwalk, amusement park, and aquarium. It’s a best beach for singles and families.
Jenkinson’s Beach Rating
Beach Personality: More of an Entertainment Venue Than a Beach Destination
Jenkinson’s Beach has palm trees! I see them as a metaphor for the beach itself. Why are there palm trees in New Jersey? They are fun and beachy, but clearly not native to the area and can’t survive on their own.
So, you’re planning a trip to Jenkinson’s Beach. What can you expect to find there? Beach badges are required for entry to the beach. The beach is relatively wide and extends approximately 1 mile from Manasquan Inlet south. The sand at Jenkinson’s Beach is a dark beige mixture of fine sand and broken shells. Events are held frequently at the beach and boardwalk.
- Boogie boarding
- Skim boarding
- Public bathrooms – Yes.
- Showers – Yes.
- Parking – Yes, for a fee.
- Food – Yes, along the boardwalk.
- Lifeguard – Yes, seasonally from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
- Dogs allowed on the beach – No.
Additional amenities – handicap accessible ramp from boardwalk to beach.
Chairs and umbrellas are available to rent on the boardwalk.
Jenkinson’s Beach is just south of the Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.
If you are coming to the beach from the north, take the Garden State Parkway S to Exit 98. Follow NJ-34 S to NJ-35 S. Where NJ-35 S forks, stay left onto Hawthorne Ave. Continue on Hawthorne Ave. for under a mile until you reach Broadway. Turn right onto Broadway. At the intersection of Broadway and Ocean Ave. take a right onto Ocean Ave. Look for parking.
If you are coming to the beach from the south, take the Garden State Parkway N to Exit 90. Merge onto Chambers Bridge Rd/CR-549. At Brick Blvd., turn left. At NJ-70 E, turn right. Turn right again at NJ-88 E. Turn left onto Cincinnati Ave./NJ-35. Stay on this road even after the name changes to Hawthorne Ave. Continue on Hawthorne Ave. until you reach Broadway. Turn right onto Broadway. At the intersection of Broadway and Ocean Ave. take a right onto Ocean Ave. Look for parking.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin
Photos courtesy of Lisa Dworkin. More photos on Flickr.