Lifeguards at Sea Girt, N.J., watch over the beach on Monday, June 22, 1998. On Sunday, June 21, in an area of Sea Girt without lifeguard protection, more than 20 swimmers had to be rescued in Sea Girt, where the rebuilding of the beach is being blamed by some for tricky ocean currents or riptides. Coastal experts say that this summer will be one of the most dangerous for rip currents which can increase in severity due to sand replenishment projects. (AP Photo/Mike Derer) MIKE DERER

Sea Girt is a small town with a historic vibe. The beach is more quiet than that of nearby Belmar, and is an ideal spot for families who just want to relax.

The beach features a boardwalk lined with benches, perfect for a stroll after soaking up the rays. The boardwalk is free of concessions or commercial businesses. If you wish to bring food, you'll have to eat it here, as it's not allowed on the beach. Fill up the reusable water bottles before you go, as only non-alcoholic beverages in non-disposable containers are permitted.

There are a few pubs and restaurants in town, as well. The Parker House is about one block away from the beach on First Avenue and Beacon Boulevard, and offers a variety of fare, from burgers to seafood.

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Feel free to take a nap here without getting sand kicked in your face - volleyball, kite-flying, and other sports are prohibited on the beach. Surfing and boogie boarding is allowed in designated areas.

Parking is free and on the street.

History buffs will want to check out the lighthouse, located at Beacon Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. The lighthouse was built in the 1890's and used through the 1950's. Free tours are available on Sundays from 2-4 p.m., except for holiday weekends.

There is a bathing pavilion with restrooms at the north end of Ocean Avenue. Bath house access with showers and lockers is available for $12 weekdays and $15 weekends.

Badges cost $9 per day and $100 for the season, but the beach is free for children aged 12 and younger.

For more information, call 732-449-9433.


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