Continent
North America
Country
New Jersey (USA)
Next Big City
New York City
Next Town
Highlands
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rescue, Toilet, Parking

Water

Type:
Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
Swimmers
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Oceanside from Sandy Hook. Small to medium waves.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Big
Hazards:
Rocks, Bystanders
Beach Users:
June, July, August

Big sandy beach. Big rocks towards the south, and many beach goers to the North.

Wind

Best Months:
March, April, May, September, October, November, December
Wind Type:
Thermal, Frontal
Best Direction:
N, SE, S
Main Direction:
SE, WNW, NW

Best wind is from the North. Easterly wind is onshore on ocean side and offshore on bay side. Westerly is the opposite. Avoid westerly wind if on bay side because of the turbulence from the cliff on the western side of the bay. Best wind is in spring and fall. Thermal winds usually in the summer coming from the SE.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

From New York City, take New Jersey Turnpike south to Garden State Parkway (exit 11). Take GS Parkway south to exit 117. Take Route 36 east for ten miles. Cross bridge and stay on right lane for Sandy Hook. Ferry service from Manhattan to Highlands, NJ, is another option, then take cab to Sandy Hook. Car trip is 1 hr and ten minutes from Holland Tunnel, Jersey side. Summer charge of $10 per vehicle.

Extra information

Rules
Zones, Time, Fees

On ocean side, off limit in swim areas in the summer when lifeguards are on duty. Easy parking if not on summer weekends. Awesome for downwinder with either South or North wind. There is an unwritten rule that restricts access to kitesurfers on the ocean side from memorial day to labor day. This rule has gained further credence with piping plovers that have decided to nest on the beach the last few seasons. If lifeguards don't boot you, you are likely to get a summons from park rangers, who I've even seen pull kiters out of the water mid session. Given the fact that Sandy Hook is the premier kiting spot in close proximity to NYC and the Tri-State burbs, and because it works on most wind directions, the kiting crew is paranoid of any incidents or mishaps that could endanger access. From Memorial Day until Labor Day there is a $10 vehicle parking fee (until 4pm EST).

Nightlife

SeaBright, NJ is packed with bars and clubs. Or near by Red Bank, NJ. Approx one hour drive to New York City.