Belmar Update: Covid Memorial Finds A Home. No Pier for You! Busy Beach, Marina & Party Town

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Belmar. All photos by R.C. Staab

Energy abounds in Belmar. From the beach to the marina, from Shark River south to Lake Como at the Spring Lake border, there's a party atmosphere. People eat and drink all hours at restaurants and nightclubs -- including the legendary Shore bar D'Jais -- along Ocean Avenue, Main Street, the Shark River Inlet and the marina. If the temperature even approaches 70 degrees, people head to the wide sandy beach. On the other side of town, fishermen, boaters and whale watching enthusiasts crowd the piers at one of the largest marinas on the Shore.

(From the vantage point of the beachfront or boardwalk, this is a breezy overview of what you see, where to park and beach access, plus a bit or history and the latest happenings. See map below.)

Heading south from Sandy Hook, the Shark River is the first inlet and the first opportunity for boaters to access the ocean. To keep the crowds and cars moving smoothly on Ocean Avenue between

Ocean Avenue draw bridge.

Avon and Belmar, there's a high-flying drawbridge. Beyond the drawbridge, two long jetties reach out into the ocean to help protect the beachfront that has only limited protections from small artificial dunes. Buoyed by a strong current and plentiful fish, the jetty on the Belmar side is always filled with fishermen.

Belmar Covid Memorial moves to Allaire Community Farm

Until earlier in 2021, the Third Avenue Beach had been the site of a COVID-19 memorial with more than 2,800 rocks bearing the names of people who died due to the virus. Worried about vandalism, the town asked the memorial's founder Rima Samman to remove the rocks this spring.

Rima has found a new home at the Allaire Community Farm, about four miles west of the beach off of Allaire Road. Allaire Community Farm is non-profit that rescues animals, who in turn interact with special needs individuals, teens with mental health issues, veterans with PTSD and local families battling cancer. The memorial garden should be finished and open this month

Jersey Shore Whale Watching Tour

Leaving each afternoon in August and most of September is the Jersey Shore Watching Tour aboard the Royal Miss Belmar docked at the Belmar Marina. You are guaranteed to see a humpback whale or you get your next trip free.

The boat trip is about three hours as they traverse the shore from Pt. Pleasant Beach to Sandy Hook looking for humpback whales and dolphins who are feeding on the abundant bunker in the water. Because the water is warm this time of the year, the bunker move closer to the shore and the whales follow.

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