Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook is a narrow land spit on the Atlantic coast of New Jersey. It is owned by the Federal Government and most is managed by the National Park Service as one of three units comprising Gateway National Recreation Area.



Sandy Hook, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area

Geologically, Sandy Hook is a large sand spit or barrier spit, the extension of a barrier peninsula along the coast of New Jersey, separated from the mainland by the estuary of the Shrewsbury River. On its western side, the peninsula encloses Sandy Hook Bay, a triangular arm of Raritan Bay. The 1665 peninsula was discovered by Henry Hudson, and, historically, Sandy Hook has been a convenient anchorage for ships before proceeding into Upper New York Harbor.

Get in

Sandy Hook is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. Fees for motor vehicles are charged during the summer season. Season passes can be purchased, and discounts are offered for seniors.

By car

Take Garden State Parkway to Exit 117 then follow Route 36 east for 12 miles.

By plane

Newark International Airport, Newark, NJ ; La Guardia New york, New York; J.F. Kennedy Airport, Queens, NY

By ferry

Get around



Sun bathing, ocean bathing, surfing, fishing, and other beach activities are popular in season. The bay side is a popular Windsurfing venue, along with some kite-surfing and kayaking. Bike riding is popular on the bike path, and roadways.


Don't bother traveling to sandy hook to shop, there is almost nothing for sale there. A few beach items such as sun screen are available in season.



Stay safe

Only swim when a lifeguard is present. You must keep all children within a safe distance from you, and you should learn how to deal with rip tides. If you can't swim, do not go into the water. Keep an eye out for any large waves that wash further up the shore. Do not turn your back on the ocean!

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