Sample The Local Cuisine
Belmar has a wide variety of casual and fine-dining options — many with outdoor seating and some with water views. In addition to Italian and seafood restaurants, you'll find a Brazilian steak house, a craft brewery, and a tea room with its own bakery.
If you're have a particular craving, you'll find restaurants that specialize in Greek, Mexican and Cajun cuisine, Southern comfort food, BBQ, acai bowls, tavern fare, and vegetarian dishes.
Belmar also has an abundance of breakfast spots, pizza places, and gourmet sandwich shops. And let's not forget our favorite ice cream and sweet shops!
Explore The Shops And Boutiques
Go treasure hunting in Belmar’s specialty retail shops to find your next beach read, something new to wear, or a keepsake from your Jersey Shore vacation. Treat yourself to a spa pedicure or a try a new cut at one of the local salons.
The Belmar business community has a wide variety of independently owned shops and small businesses along Main Street and Ocean Avenue. Pictured here is a sample of the fabulous finds that await!
Water Adventures, Mini Golf And More
There's more to discover in Belmar than our amazing beaches. At the Belmar Marina, for example, you'll find parasailing, miniature golf, and a bait shop with boat rentals. The marina's two waterfront restaurants have the best sunset views.
The Belmar Marina also has one of New Jersey's largest fleets of fishing head boats (party boats) and private fishing charters. Set sail for the catch of the day, or book a sunset cruise or whale-watching trip.
On 10th Avenue and E Street, stop by the Belmar Public Library for a selfie with the giant Bruce Springsteen guitar, or schedule a stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) lesson at L Street beach.
Maclearie Park on Route 35 in Belmar has a peaceful walking path along the scenic Shark River, as well as a playground, tennis courts, and picnic tables with a water view. Other nearby activities include surfing camps, SUP yoga classes, and public golf courses within a short drive.
Belmar is conveniently located within a short drive of fun and unique area attractions. Popular places to visit include the Asbury Park boardwalk, Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, Monmouth Park Racetrack, Six Flags Great Adventure, and the Historic Village at Allaire, to name a few.
For a fun day trip, New York City is a two-hour train ride away via New Jersey Transit from the Belmar train station. Or take the Seastreak Ferry from Atlantic Highlands for a scenic fireworks cruise up the Hudson River.
Events And Entertainment
Belmar Tourism hosts the New Jersey Seafood Festival every May and the New Jersey Sandcastle Contest every July.
During the summer, bring your beach chair to the free Friday night concerts in downtown Belmar or to the free Songwriters on the Beach shows on Thursday nights. Fireworks on Belmar beach are usually held the week after July 4th.
Favorite events in September include the San Gennaro Festival and the Belmar Pro surfing competition.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most Belmar events are suspended until further notice for summer 2021. For the latest updates, read more on the Belmar Beachcomber Blog.