Billy Hahn of Manasquan High School surfing team rides a wave during the first heat of competition against Point Pleasant High school off the inlet in Manasquan, N.J. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003. This is the school's home opener and first season as an official varsity sport. There are 11 surfing teams in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Brian Branch-Price) BRIAN BRANCH-PRICE

Manasquan's beach stretches about one mile from Manasquan Inlet to Sea Girt, with a blacktop walk way next to the dunes. The beautiful homes along the beach make for a scenic view.

Inlet Beach, just north of the jetty at the southern end of Manasquan, is a popular surfing spot. It also hosts many surf contests throughout the season.

Elks Beach, located at Ocean Avenue, caters to visitors with physical disabilities, with handicapped parking and a boardwalk platform area. Beach wheelchairs are also available.

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For volleyball and other sports, head to Recreation Beach, located between Riddle Way and Main Beach. The area is dedicated to sports and is the only location where they are allowed on the beach in Manasquan. There are also swings there, so it's a great spot for active kids and families.

Coolers, food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed on the beach, making it a great picnic destination. Gee Gee's, located right off the main beach, offers pizza and mostly Italian fare with both indoor and outdoor tables. An indoor arcade makes it a great place to bring the kids for a break from the sun.

There are also plenty of other restaurants just a short walk into town from the beach. While you're there, check out the antique shops and art galleries along Main Street.

Street parking is free, but be prepared to hunt for a spot on weekends and holidays. There are also four paid municipal parking lots in town, located at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and Pompano avenues. Parking is $11 Fridays through Sundays and holidays, and $6 Mondays through Thursdays.

Lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Labor Day.

Restrooms and water fountains can be found at Ocean Avenue, Inlet Beach, and Brielle Road. There are showers on the beach by most beach entrances, but changing rooms are not available.

Daily badges cost $8, but access is free for kids ages 11 and younger. Weekly Saturday-Friday badges are $35. Season badges are $70 for adults 17 and up, $35 for ages 12-16, and $25 for seniors ages 65 and up. However, proof of age is required for the special rates, so don't forget ID.

For more information, call 732-223-0544 or 732-223-1221


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