Just north of Spring Lake, Belmar is a lively beach town with something to offer everyone.

For the environmentally-conscious, the natural and well-cared for beach features educational signs indentifying local plants and wildlife. For history lovers, a display near 9th Avenue details the location of the 1885 shipwreck the SS Malta, part of which can be seen above the surface. There are beach playgrounds available every few blocks for the little ones.

Parking along Ocean Avenue is metered, but free parking can be found on the side streets.

However, it can be tough to find a spot on weekends and holidays, so arrive early for the least hassle.

Food and one-gallon coolers are allowed on the beach, so feel free pack a picnic lunch. As with most other beaches in the state, glass containers and alcoholic drinks are prohibited.

Restrooms are located on the boardwalk at 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th, 16th, and 19th avenues. There are also showers to rinse off on the beach. Visitors are allowed to change in the restrooms here.

If you'd rather not bring food, there are plenty of places to eat along Belmar's boardwalk, from concession stands to sit-down restaurants. There are also small shops to purchase beach supplies and souvenirs, so don't sweat it if you forget to bring sunscreen. Beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented from a stand at 10th Avenue.

Lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Labor Day.

The daily beach fee is $7. Season badges are available for $50. Adults ages 62 and over or people with SSA proof of a disability can receive a discounted rate. Badges and pre-paid parking cards can be purchased at ticket booths along the boardwalk.For more information, call 732-681-9191.

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