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


Water
Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Currents, Ships/Boats, Jet Skis
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
Tide Independent

Good shallow flat water condition. Watch for tidal currents in the channel that can separate you from your board forever. Stay away from the boat traffic as well.
Beach
Type:
Sand
Size:
Depending on Tide
Hazards:
Rocks, Road, Power Lines
Beach Users:
None

The beach has an ok size on low tide, but during high tide it can get small. Next to the beach you have rocks, then a road and power lines. So be careful when launching and landing. Beginners should launch and land kites in the water.

Wind

Best Months:
March, April, May, September, October, November, December
Wind Type:
Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction:
N, S, SSW
Main Direction:
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 bayside because of the turbulence from the cliff on the western side of the bay. Bay is considered very good for beginners with South, North, Northwest wind. Best wind is in spring and fall. SW wind is not good, since it gets blocked by hills. Avoid this beach on West or East winds as these are either directly onshore or offshore. Thermal winds usually in the summer coming from the WNW. Still not too gusty though.



How to get there
Transport:
Car
Access:
Medium Walk


Get directions from


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. Park at South Beach Area B and walk to the launch across the street.

Extra Information
Rules:
Fees


Usually no restrictions on the bayside. 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.


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