Highlands Offers Sandy Hook Visitors A Lovely Place to Stay

Big city views, small city attitudes in the Highlands  

Highlands is a sleepy little undiscovered village on the Jersey Shore, nestled among rolling hills that overlook Sandy Hook, the Shrewsbury River, the Atlantic Ocean and New York City. This part of the New Jersey shoreline encompasses the highest point on the eastern seaboard.

On its highest bluff sit the Navesink Twin Lights. The Twin Lights were the primary lighthouse for New York Harbor from 1828 to 1949, when it was decommissioned.

(Today, the Borough operates it as a museum, where visitors can tour the lighthouse and climb the North Tower for one of the most spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.)

Stroll around a quaint town that the commuters overlook

As much as this town has to offer in terms of nearby beaches, charm and great fishing, it is probably most known for the "Seastreak", the fast ferry that transports water borne commuters to and from Manhattan. Despite its small size and quaint charm, this town has lots to offer visitors to one of the most popular beaches on the Jersey Shore, Sandy Hook.

It was originally a fishing and clamming village, and these industries actually continue to this day. You can expect some of the freshest and finest seafood in the area when you visit one of the great restaurants in town, and you can't find a better place to jump on board a headboat for a day of fishing.

The waterfront area takes the visitor back in time to quiet bays and charming bungalows as well as interesting boutiques, shops and restaurants. And, at just about every turn you make, you will be greeted by stunning vistas.

There are no large hotels or motels, but instead this picturesque little town is studded with charming guesthouses and Bed and Breakfasts. After a day at a Sandy Hook beach, you will feel comforted and coddled at these wonderful accommodations.

Come for the beach, stay for the town

The fabulous beach at Sandy Hook State Park is the real lure for many. Sandy Hook, the seven mile stretch of spectacular beaches, both on the ocean and on the bay, lies just on the other side of the bay. This national park offers swimming, fishing, biking, hiking, surfing, wind boarding and bird and people watching. There are guided nature tours, and a summer concert series to round at your beach visit.


Enjoy some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets from your perch on the beach. Sandy Hook is also the home of a gay popular and clothing optional beach, Gunnison Beach.

Sandy Hook offers a lot, that's for sure, but one thing it doesn't offer is accommodations. But just a stone's throw away, you can have a wide range of choices of lovely places to stay, so after a full day at the beach, you can return to the charm and wonder of the lovely little town of Highlands, New Jersey.

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