Belmar = Beautiful Sea
The coastal community of Belmar, New Jersey, is a jewel of the Jersey Shore. Visitors and residents alike love Belmar for its top-rated beaches and its charming small-town character. Our town takes great pride in providing the best beach amenities, along with a clean, smoke-free beach and boardwalk.
Belmar, in Monmouth County, is easy to reach via Exit 98 of the Garden State Parkway, between the nearby towns of Spring Lake, Avon By The Sea, Ocean Grove, and Bradley Beach. We're about 15 minutes from Asbury Park and about an hour from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, via I-195 East.
Clean, Smoke-Free Beach
Blue Mobility Mats
Belmar Beach Tag Booth
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 Mexican and Tex-Mex, sushi, Southern comfort food, BBQ, acai bowls, Cajun cuisine, 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!
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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!
The Paperback Exchange
Antoinette Rose Boutique
Lofidelic Record Shop
Surf's Up Candles
Senor Juans Cigar Lounge
Beckman's On The Beach
There's more to discover during your vacation in Belmar than the 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 offer 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 whale-watching trip or a sunset cruise.
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, a playground, and places to picnic with a water view.
Other nearby activities include surfing camps, public tennis courts, and public golf courses within a short drive.
Water Adventures, Mini Golf And More
Miniature Golf At Belmar Marina
Belmar Fishing Boats
Jersey Shore Whale Watch
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.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Belmar events are suspended until further notice for spring and summer 2021. Canceled events include the Belmar Seafood Festival, the New Jersey Sandcastle Contest, Belmar Cruise Nights, Belmar Kite Festival, Friday Night Concerts, and the Belmar Feast of San Gennaro.
Belmar NJ Seafood Festival
Friday Night Concerts
Belmar Kite Festival
Fireworks On Belmar Beach
Area Attractions Near Belmar
Belmar is conveniently located within a short drive of 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.
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Asbury Park Boardwalk
Historic Allaire Village