Updated: Sep 9, 2021
As the third largest township in Ocean County, Brick Township stretches from the Garden State Parkway all the way to the ocean. This may seen confusing at first because it's impossible to drive from the Parkway to the Brick Beaches without going through Mantoloking or the long way through North Dover/Toms River Township. That's because in 1911, the citizens of Mantoloking broke away from Brick Township to create their own borough. That left the residents of Brick Beaches looking across Barnegat Bay to the rest of the township. The handful of Brick Beaches residents are part of a larger organization but seem to happily exist in their own world on this barrier island.
To add to the confusion, the small residential communities of South Mantoloking and Mantoloking Shores are part of this section of Brick Township.
(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.)
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The popular Brick Beaches I and III
The Brick Beaches I and III are easily accessible and well marked driving north along divided Route 35. They each have large parking lots with showers, restrooms and concession stands, direct access to the beach and a wide beach area that is filled with people even during the off-season.
Day visitors will find a bargain. Parking is $5 and beach badges are $8. See below for details.
The elusive Brick Beach II
Walking along the beach from the north, a person comes upon the crowds at Brick Beach I. In the distance at the next beach, there's another crowd. Naturally one assumes that's where one finds Brick Beach II. Not so. The next crowed area is Brick Beach III.
What happened to Brick Beach II? The beach is halfway between I and III, but there's hardly ever anyone there for a couple of reasons. There's only a handful of residents in this very thin part of the island. There's no parking. There's no sign on Route 35 telling one to turn off in order to drop off beachgoers along the access road to the beach. And the building on Route 35 by the access road is a small utility building owned by the New Jersey American Water Company. Put in 354 Route 35 North, Brick Beaches, New Jersey in Google Maps or Mapquest to help.