Once the summer crowds wind down after Labor Day, "local summer" begins in Belmar and in other towns along the Jersey Shore.
Belmar beach is free to access after Labor Day, and the ocean is still warm and refreshing throughout most of September. We've even enjoyed beach days in early October when Mother Nature brings extended summerlike weather.
For those who like to keep physically active, the Belmar boardwalk is a great place to walk or run throughout most of the fall and even into the winter if you bundle up. Other places to walk in Belmar include around Silver Lake at 5th and Ocean Avenues and around Lake Como at 20th Avenue and Main Street, which are both encircled with gravel trails.
Maclearie Park along Route 35 by the Belmar Marina also has a nice walking trail along the water. Belmar's public tennis and pickleball courts are open as weather permits, and you will catch some amazing fall sunsets at the Belmar Marina, overlooking the picturesque Shark River and the nearby fleet of commercial fishing boats.
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Belmar restaurants and downtown shops are open year-round, so there is always something to do on the weekends and during the week. In November, check out Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, during which several restaurants in Belmar and other towns offer fixed-price dinner specials that include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert.
Community events such as the Belmar Feast of San Gennaro, the Belmar Pro Surfing Competition, and local flea markets take place in the fall as they days turn crisp and the leaves start to turn. Two of my favorite fall activities are the Seastreak Ferry's foliage and football cruises to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
The Jersey Shore lifestyle is unlike any other you will ever experience, no matter what time of year you are able to get out and enjoy everything that the area has to offer. Read all about it on our Belmar Beachcomber Blog.
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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, solo 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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