TOWNS

EXPLORE THE MAGIC OF THE JERSEY SHORE TOWNS

TOWNS

EXPLORE THE MAGIC OF THE JERSEY SHORE TOWNS

Belmar was originally incorporated as Ocean Beach borough in 1885, but the name was changed to Belmar in 1889, derived from the French words “belle” and “mer,” meaning “beautiful sea.” Positioned between the incredible town of Belmar and the shores of Belmar Beach, Tandem Bike Inn serves as your gateway to a myriad of enchanting destinations nearby. Explore a mosaic of hallmark-like towns, each with its distinct character and allure.

Venture to Point Pleasant and immerse yourself in its lively boardwalk scene, or delight in the coastal charm of Manasquan. Discover the seaside serenity of Sea Girt and Spring Lake, or soak up the laid-back vibes of Spring Lake Heights and Lake Como. Traverse the quaint streets of Avon-By-The-Sea and Bradley Beach, or delve into the artistic energy of Ocean Grove and Asbury Park.

From Sandy Shores to Quaint Villages, Belmar makes a great home base to have your perfect beach getaway and enjoy all of the other Jersey Shore towns. Below are other towns near Belmar to visit when you stay with us at the Tandem Bike Inn.

Avon-By-The-Sea

Bordering Belmar and Bradley Beach, Avon-by-the-Sea beckons with a captivating charm reminiscent of a Victorian postcard. This hidden gem offers a delightful mix of experiences perfect for a day trip when staying at Tandem Bike Inn.

  • Picture-Perfect Beaches: Unwind on pristine white sand beaches, soaking up the sun and the gentle rhythm of the Atlantic Ocean waves.

  • Quaint Charm: Stroll along the charming, non-commercial boardwalk lined with distinctive three-globe lamps for a quintessential Jersey Shore experience.

  • Victorian Enchantment: Explore the borough’s historic district with its beautifully preserved Victorian homes, adding a layer of history to your seaside escape.

  • Family-Friendly Fun: Avon-by-the-Sea caters to families with its calm surf, a public pool, and a delightful recreation area with tennis courts and a ball field.

  • Foodie Love: Try upscale New Orleans-influenced creole cuisine at Clementine’s or get a NJ sloppy Joe (not the canned Sloppy Joe, this is different) at Bing’s Beach House Deli. Alternatively, explore nearby Belmar for a wider selection of restaurants.

Ocean Grove

This little Jersey Shore town, just a short drive from Belmar, offers a neat blend of history and beach vibes. If it’s relaxation or exploration you seek, Ocean Grove should be on your list.

  • Step Back in Time: Wander through a captivating historic district, a national treasure lined with beautifully preserved Victorian homes. Imagine life in a bygone era while strolling along tree-lined streets.

  • Beach Bliss: Relax on pristine sands and enjoy refreshing ocean dips. Explore the Ocean Grove Boardwalk in all its grandeur as it beckons you with classic Jersey Shore fare and stunning ocean views.

  • Artistic Spirit: Indulge your artistic side by exploring local galleries and be sure to visit the historic Ocean Grove Auditorium.

  • Town Events: From Spring Fling Arts & Crafts shows, Vintage car shows, and flea market days to summer stroll and fall harvest festival, this town is straight-up awesome.

Ocean Grove offers a delightful escape that combines charming history, classic beach fun, and a touch of artistic flair. Discover the perfect destination for a relaxing and memorable Jersey Shore experience.

Sea Girt

The town slogan “Where the cedars meet the sea”, fits perfectly for Sea Girt considering there once was a maritime forest bordering this part of the shore. Sea Girt is brimming with history and natural beauty. Just a short drive from Belmar, discover this delightful town and:

  • Walk the Boardwalk: Stroll along Sea Girt’s acclaimed “Best Boardwalk Among the Dunes,” and enjoy the salty air, sea views and reconnect with nature.

  • Climb to the Top: Ascend the historic Sea Girt Lighthouse, a sentinel standing guard over the Atlantic since 1896. Take in panoramic vistas and learn about the rich maritime history of the region.

  • Nature Lovers: Explore the serene beauty of Wreck Pond, a natural wonder teeming with birdlife. Hike the trails surrounding the pond and discover a peaceful oasis amidst the coastal landscape.

  • Military History: Step back in time at the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey and check out the exhibits showcasing the state’s military history from colonial times to the present day. History lovers don’t miss this one!

Spring Lake

Yearning for a taste of small-town Americana with a touch of Hollywood charm? Look no further than Spring Lake, a charming and affluent town just a 5-minute drive from Belmar.

  • Hallmark Charm: This cute town feels like it stepped straight out of a Hallmark movie. Stroll hand-in-hand across the iconic Spring Lake footbridge, a quaint landmark that’s sure to spark a sense of romance. Spring Lake exudes a timeless elegance that will make you feel like you’ve stepped onto a movie set.

  • Upscale Shopping: Wind your way through streets lined with upscale boutiques offering unique finds and personalized service. Discover hidden gems and experience the charm of small-town shopping.

  • Food: Take a break while shopping to get coffee and a pastry from The Scone Pony and watch the world go by. Later, get lunch at Tom Bailey’s Market or a slice at Spring Lake Pizzeria. Before heading back to Belmar, stop by Third Avenue Chocolate Shoppe for some treats.

  • Timeless Elegance: Every corner of Spring Lake exudes a timeless elegance. Relax on a sunny patio, enjoy a romantic dinner, or simply soak up the charming atmosphere. Spring Lakes sophistication awaits, ready to whisk you away on a delightful Hallmark-worthy adventure.

Manasquan

Welcome to the enchanting coastal enclave of Manasquan, NJ – a delightful fusion of days gone by and contemporary allure. Manasquan’s natural coastal beauty and its vibrant downtown make this town special. Here’s a glimpse into the highlights of this picturesque town and some enticing activities:

  • Sandy Shores: You’ll love the tranquility of Manasquan Beach, where pristine sands and rolling waves beckon beachgoers to unwind, surf, and soak up the sun. For surf lessons, check out Pink Pineapple Surf. Sorry guys, this is for women only.
  • Quaint Village Vibes: Meander through the adorable streets of downtown Manasquan. The town’s vibrant arts scene is popular with local galleries showcasing the talents of regional artists, and performances at the esteemed Algonquin Arts Theatre are a must if in the area. Grab a bite at Paramount Diner.
  • Outdoor Escapades: The great outdoors beckons with a variety of recreational pursuits, from fishing and kayaking along the scenic Manasquan River to cycling along Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeways picturesque trails that wind through lush landscapes. Also, work your way over to Atlantic Farm Market.
  • Historic Treasures: Step back in time and uncover the rich history of Manasquan through visits to historic landmarks like the iconic Manasquan Inlet, the quaint Squan Plaza, and the fascinating Manasquan Fireman’s Museum.

Point Pleasant

If you want to take a stroll on a world-famous boardwalk, Point Pleasant, NJ is the place. The downtown area is also a destination that has activities and restaurants. Here’s a glimpse into what makes this town a beloved destination and some of the top activities to enjoy:

  • Iconic Boardwalk: Walk the famous Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk, dotted with quaint shops, amazing food, and thrilling amusement rides for the whole family to enjoy. You will find a lot of the food that makes NJ famous right here on the boardwalk. Kohr’s frozen custard, salt water taffy, funnel cake, fried Oreos, Jersey fries, and pizza. 
  • Beaches for Days: Worship the sun and surf at Point Pleasant Beach, where pristine sands stretch for miles, offering the perfect backdrop for swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles.
  • Maritime Adventures: Dive into maritime history with boat tours, fishing charters, and dolphin-watching excursions, providing a unique perspective on the beauty of the Jersey Shore’s coastal waters.
  • Fun For All Ages: Create lasting memories at family-friendly attractions such as Jenkinson’s Aquarium, and Jenkinson’s South Arcade, filled with classic arcade games and prizes.

Asbury Park

The award for the trendiest Jersey Shore town goes to…. Asbury Park, NJ! This hip seaside town is pulsating with artistic energy and a rich history. Here’s a sample of what makes this town a cultural hub and some of the top activities to experience:

  • Boardwalk Fun: After getting your beach-time, stop over to Silverball Retro Arcade and play vintage arcade games on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Grab a drink at one of the many chic bars offering libations.
  • Artistic Enclaves: Get a glimpse of the town’s creative spirit at local galleries showcasing works by emerging and established artists, or admire the colorful murals adorning the streets. Take a glass-blowing class at Hot Sand. Check out the stores on Cookman Avenue and hit The Shoppes at the Arcade. If spooky’ s your thing, The Paranormal Museum, Books & Curiosities should be on your to-do list.
  • Live Music Scene: Stagedive headfirst into the music scene that put Asbury Park on the map, with live performances at venues like The Stone Pony and Wonder Bar. Cruise over to this page for more info on some great venues.
  • Culinary Delights: Asbury Park’s dining scene range from fresh seafood to farm-to-table to international cuisines served up in cafes and upscale restaurants dotted throughout the town. For an old-school Jersey meal, go to Frank’s Deli & Restaurant and Johnny Mac House of Spirits.
  • Historic Landmarks: Uncover the Jersey Shore’s most majestic landmarks including the Asbury Park Convention Hall, the elegant Paramount Theatre, and Asbury Lanes, each offering a glimpse into Asbury Park’s storied past.

Red Bank

Looking for some time away from the beach but still craving a dose of charm? Take a 30-minute drive from Belmar to Red Bank, an artsy town brimming with artistic energy. The town is a perfect blend of culture and small-town vibes and makes for a fun day trip when staying at the Tandem Bike Inn.
Here’s what awaits you in Red Bank:

  • Thriving Arts Scene: Explore the town’s creative essence at galleries featuring local and regional artists. Catch a performance at the historic Count Basie Theatre or traverse over to the Two River Theater for a dose of live entertainment.

  • Shopping Galore: Shop along Red Bank streets and discover boutiques, browse national brands, or find treasures at local antique stores. Don’t miss Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash
  • Historic Ambiance: Take a stroll down tree-lined streets lined with beautifully preserved Victorian architecture, adding a touch of history to your visit.

  • Nightlife Buzz: As the sun sets, Red Bank transforms into a lively hub. Savor gourmet meals, craft beers at Red Tank Brewing Company, or farm-to-table delights, all within walking distance. Check out Yestercades for some old-school arcade action.

Bradley Beach

One of Jersey Shore’s quieter seaside towns, Bradley Beach, has a relaxing, laid-back feel perfect for some quality downtime. This quaint town invites you to slow down, kick off your shoes, and embrace the salty breeze. Here are the highlights that make Bradley Beach irresistible:

  • Pristine Beaches: Leave the frenzy of giant Jersey Shore boardwalks and discover the serenity of Bradley Beach. Here, a quaint boardwalk unfolds, offering space for a leisurely stroll, refreshing bike ride, or invigorating jog. Bradley Beach boasts clean, family-friendly shores where sunrises and sunsets paint the sky. The Bradley Beach Boardwalk is a good way to enjoy the beach without the crowds. For even more solitude, go to Sylvan Lake, a peaceful spot for kayaking, birdwatching, or simply enjoying a scenic walk.
  • Eat & Drink: This small town shines big time with food. Visit Bradley Brew Project for craft beers with creative names that the owner’s 3 daughters help name, like “Quiet in the Castle” and “Mermaid Punch.”
    D’Arcy’s Tavern is a cozy spot for comfort food and laid-back vibes. For sipping a cold brew or enjoying a burger, D’Arcy’s is where locals gather. The Elbow Room is another great place to try. There are two other Bradley Beach places that you REALLY need to try. See if you can spot them on this page.
  • For Fun: Strike! Have a blast at the Bradley Beach Bowl, where laughter echoes and strikes are celebrated. Putt your way through pirate-themed mini-golf at Shipwreck Island Mini Golf. Arr matey, fun awaits.
    Throughout the year, Bradley Beach comes alive with seasonal events, concerts, and festivals.
  • Rich History: Learn about the town’s fascinating past, from tales of Captain Kidd to its transformation into a seaside town. Visit the Bradley Beach Historical Society Museum to delve deeper.

Brielle

The captivating borough, Brielle, along the Manasquan River in Monmouth County, New Jersey is a coastal town with a delightful blend of history, natural beauty, and spirit. Here’s what makes Brielle special:

  • Seaside Serenity: Relax on the pristine beaches lining the Manasquan River, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, or simply soaking up the peaceful waterfront views. Brielle provides a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Jersey Shore. Brielle’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean means beach days are a breeze. Collect seashells, watch sunrises, and feel the sand between your toes.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Brielle offers a haven for nature lovers. Kayak on the Manasquan River, hike through the trails of the Manasquan River Wildlife Management Area, or bike along the scenic byways. Tee off at one of the prestigious golf courses near Brielle for a day on the green.

  • Town Events: Throughout the year, Brielle comes alive with street fairs, art shows, and seasonal celebrations, offering a taste of the town’s community spirit.
    Head across the bridge and spend a day at the amusement park in neighboring Point Pleasant.

  • Historic Roots: Archaeological excavations reveal Native American settlements along Birch Drive. The Lenape visited these wooded areas for hunting and fishing, leaving traces of their ancient presence.
  • Deep Sea Fishing: Experience world-class fishing! Charter boats are available for deep-sea fishing excursions and opportunities to reel in prized catches such as tuna, marlin, and striped bass.