Belmar = Beautiful Sea
With its top-rated beaches and its classic small-town charm, the coastal community of Belmar, New Jersey, is a jewel of the Jersey Shore. Our town takes great pride in providing visitors with the best beach amenities, along with a clean, smoke-free beach and boardwalk.
In addition to places to charge your cell phone and fill your water bottle, Belmar beach has pirate-themed playgrounds, blue mobility mats for accessibility, well-kept public restrooms, and foot showers at each beach entrance for rinsing off.
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, breakfast spots, and a tea room with its own bakery.
If you're have a particular craving, you'll find restaurants that specialize in Mexican and Tex-Mex, sushi, Southern home cooking, BBQ, acai bowls, Cajun cuisine, wood-oven pizza, tavern fare, vegetarian, and gourmet sandwiches. And, let's not forget our favorite ice cream and sweet shops!
Go treasure hunting in Belmar’s specialty retail shops to find your next beach read, something new to wear, or a souvenir from your Jersey Shore vacation. The Belmar business community has a wide variety of independently owned retail stores along Main Street and Ocean Avenue.
Below is a sample of the fabulous finds that await!
The Belmar Marina is home to Belmar Parasail, 9th Avenue Pier miniature golf, and one of New Jersey's largest fleets of fishing party boats (head boats) and private fishing charters. The marina's two water-front restaurants offer the best sunset views in town.
Other nearby activities include surfing camps for adults and children, stand-up paddle boarding, public tennis courts, and public golf courses within a short drive. Stop by the Belmar Public Library for a selfie in front of the giant Bruce Springsteen tribute guitar or visit an exhibit at the Belmar Arts Center.
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.
Other seasonal events include Belmar Cruise Nights featuring classic and vintage cars, and the Belmar Kite Festival on Belmar beach. Favorite events in September include the San Gennaro Festival and the Belmar Pro surfing competition.
Belmar is conveniently located within a short drive of area attractions, including 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.