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Shopping And Dining Guide Belmar NJ

Although Belmar, New Jersey, is well known for its top-rated beach and boardwalk, our town also has a diverse downtown business community that is not to be missed. Along Main Street and beyond, shop and dine local in the gift shops, retail stores, restaurants, and other establishments that are waiting to serve you in our friendly small town by the sea.

Where To Shop In Belmar, NJ

Go treasure hunting in Belmar’s specialty shops to find the perfect keepsake of your summer vacation, something new to wear, beach-themed home décor, or a souvenir for someone special.

The shopkeepers and restaurant owners in Belmar are hard-working, dedicated, and passionate about what they do. When you shop and dine local during your vacation in Belmar, you are supporting not only family-owned and woman-owned small businesses, but also the artisans, fishermen, growers, employees, and entrepreneurial spirits who contribute to the Belmar business community.

Below is a small sample of the fabulous finds that await! RELATED: Shopping In Belmar, NJ

Click a photo to scroll through the gallery. Pictured above are a few of the year-round shops and businesses in Belmar, New Jersey (from left to right): Surf's Up Candle, the Paperback Exchange, Lofidelic Record Shop, Nourished by Nature Organic Juice Bar, Atomic Vintage Clothing, Center Square Thrift Shop, Midnight Candle Company, Beckman's On the Beach (AKA Belmar Shirts), Eastern Lines Surf Shop, and Sutra Brow and Lash Bar.


Where To Eat in Belmar, NJ

You’ll find a wide selection of places to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner — and everything in between — in Belmar, New Jersey. Our town has it all, from cozy cafés and casual eateries, to gourmet sandwich shops, sweet shops, fine-dining restaurants, a Brazilian steak house, Mexican restaurants, and more.

Whether you’re craving fresh seafood, ice cream, a romantic dinner for two, elegant afternoon tea, or happy hour bites, Belmar's dining scene has something to satisfy every appetite. Most of the restaurants in Belmar are open year-round, and many offer delivery service if you don't feel like going out. Some also are BYOB if you wish to bring a bottle of wine (or have one delivered) to enjoy at dinner. RELATED: Dining In Belmar, NJ

Click a photo to scroll through the gallery. Pictured above (from left to right): Marina Grille, F Street Social Craft Pizza and Kitchen, Comfi of Belmar, Mr. Greek Mediterranean Cuisine, La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant, El Rey Mexican restaurant, Federici's Italian restauant (Fed's On 10th), Klein's Seafood restaurant, Sweet Tease Tea Room, Main Street Donuts, Ragin Cajun, and Caffe Di Famiglia coffee and dessert shop.


More Fun Things To Do In Belmar, NJ

Main Street Belmar has a retro games arcade, yoga and wellness centers, massage therapy studios, and salons offering hair, nail, and eyebrow services. In addition to these local businesses, downtown Belmar and the beachfront are popular gathering spots for special events and festivals throughout the year, including:

  • Belmar "Dine and Discover" Restaurant Tour – Held the second Sunday in March at nearly 40 restaurants, cafes, and casual eateries throughout town. Presented by the Belmar Tourism Commission.

  • Belmar-Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade – Held the first Sunday in March along Main Street. Read more.

  • New Jersey Seafood Festival – Seafood truck festival at the Belmar beachfront, held every May. Read more.

  • Friday Night Concert Series – Free performances by local musicians on Friday evenings in Pyanoe Plaza (Main Street and 9th Avenue). Read more.

  • New Jersey Sandcastle Contest – A popular July event on 18th Avenue beach in Belmar. Read more.

  • Belmar San Gennaro Festival – Held the third weekend in September (two weekends after Labor Day), in Pyanoe Plaza. Read more.


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, 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

Belmar NJ Summer Vacation Rentals

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