Whether you prefer the rippling waves of the Atlantic Ocean, or the gentle tides of the bay or inlet, you absolutely must experience an outing on or near the water during your Jersey Shore vacation. Here in Belmar, you’ll find plenty of options to “whet” your appetite for water sports and adventures.
A half- or full-day fishing trip in the Atlantic Ocean can be a fun change of pace during your vacation in Belmar. The Belmar Marina is home to one of New Jersey's largest fleet of fishing head boats (party boats) and private fishing charters. Surf fishing is another option if you are more of a landlubber than a sailor. The jetties by the Belmar Fishing Club (near the Belmar-Avon border) are popular fishing spots among the locals.
In addition to half- and full-day fishing trips, you also can book fireworks, sunset, and whale-watching cruises on some of the Belmar Marina boats. Each vessel is independently owned and operated, so contact the boat directly for pricing and ticket information (link below). RELATED: Local Guide To Fishing Party Boats And Charters At The Belmar Marina
Set out on the open water in an ocean kayak built for one or two. The Belmar Manutti Marina has a public launching ramp, and the town and also rents kayak storage space at L Street beach on a seasonal basis.
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Parasailing is a fun water activity that does not require any previous experience or special equipment. The crew at Belmar Parasail makes sure you are safely harnessed in, and you take off and land slowly and safely on the boat. You have the option to dip your toes in the water (or not).
4. Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP)
You’ll feel like you are walking on water when you get going on a standup paddle board (SUP). The Shark River Inlet at the Belmar Marina is a peaceful place that attract paddlers of all ages. Two local Belmar businesses, Endless SUP Company and Eastern Lines Surf Shop, offer SUP lessons and board rentals from May through September. Endless SUP has a spot right at L Street beach, while Eastern Lines is located on Ocean Avenue across from 18th Avenue beach.
5. SUP Yoga
Swap your mat for a paddle board and try a SUP yoga class on the flat waters of the Shark River Inlet. Classes are led by Endless SUP Company at L Street beach every May to September.
6. Sunset Watching
The water views in Belmar allow you to admire stunning sunsets over the Shark River, as well as sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Grab dinner outside at Klein’s or one of Belmar’s other waterfront restaurants to watch the fishing boats pass by.
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The surfing beaches in Belmar are located at 17th and 18th Avenues. In addition, Summertime Surf School offers surfing camps for kids and group or private surfing lessons for adults and organizations at 3rd Avenue beach in Belmar.
Surf boards can be rented at Eastern Lines, which is conveniently located across the street from the 18th Avenue surfing beach.
Live Like A Local: Rent A Belmar Beach House
Day trips down the shore are fun, but it's even better to rent a beach house for the week to experience everything wonderful about the Belmar area. For couples, single adults and small families, the two-bedroom Blue Hydrangea Cottage rental in Belmar, New Jersey, is the perfect getaway place. The home sleeps up to four people and is consistently rated five stars for cleanliness, amenities and location. Learn more at www.VacationInBelmar.com.
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