Sea Girt is the Mayberry RFD of the Jersey Shore

A real "home" town

Sea Girt is a quiet seaside community of lovely homes and loyal residents who are justly proud of their one square mile bit of heaven. What started out as summer resort area is now a vital year round community of about 3,000. On a drive through this charming town on a summer day, you will encounter boys on bikes with fishing poles slung across the handlebars, barefoot kids wending their way to the beach and moms pushing strollers.

The two notable features are the famous Lighthouse and the National Guard Camp. The lighthouse was built at the end of the 19th century and was the last shore lighthouse with an integral keeper's residence built on the east coast of the United States. It is an interesting lighthouse because it is not designed in the traditional mode, that is, a tall narrow structure at the edge of the water. This one looks almost like a private residence, located on a lovely ocean side street.

The National Guard Camp was established in 1887 as a summer training camp for the New Jersey National Guard and is still in use today.

Definitely NOT a tourist trap

Since this is more of a suburban bedroom community than a beach town (even though it has one of the nicest beaches on the Jersey Shore), there are not as many commercial establishments or rental places as you would find in other shore towns.

The lovely Sea Girt Lodge is well situated for visits to the beach, golfing outings and bike trips to Allaire State Park or just a nice ride on the dedicated 5 1/2 mile bike path that runs from downtown Manasquan to the Park, past playgrounds, through woods, over highways(including the Garden State Parkway!) and under highways, ending at the main parking lot within the State Park.

In this sleepy little town, you won't find the non stop pizzas, delis and other eateries that you would find in a lot of beach communities such as those on Long Beach Island. Residents and visitors alike are happy with the few wonderful old places with a loyal clientele.

But visitors are definitely welcome to Sea Girt

 There are some lovely homes for rent, but be warned that this is not your little bungalow by the sea kind of town like Point Pleasant or even Belmar. Here you will get a beautiful spacious home and you will feel as much a part of the community as if you also lived there year round.

Parker House, Rod's Harrigan's and Edgar's (Edgar's doesn't seem to have a website anymore, but it is still right there, at 153 Sea Girt Avenue, Manasquan) keep the local crowd fed. But since the town is right in the middle of it all, they can afford to keep their little square mile pristine and pretty commercial free.

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