Every single day of my summer during 2012 was spent at the beach in Long Branch, New Jersey. I worked at a snack bar on the boardwalk of Long Branch’s luxurious shopping center and beach- Pier Village. Majority of my ride to the beach was spent on Ocean Avenue driving through the best beaches of the Shore.
Pier Village is home to over 30 beach front restaurants and stores. Above the high-end store fronts is Melrose 55, newly built housing that has over 40 spacious condominiums available.
Parking is Long Branch’s only downfall so make sure to get there early or be willing to pay to park for the day (something the locals try to avoid doing)!
The boardwalk is almost to miles from the most northern beach-Madison Avenue Beach, to the most southern beach, West End Beach. Every morning, day, or evening, you will find locals or visitors walking, jogging, running, talking, eating, and biking up and down the perfectly paved and marked boardwalk. The best part about the boardwalk? The view of the ocean! The town even offers classes in the main promenade area!
While working at the snack bar at West End Beach, I’ve encountered countless numbers of people who needed water. If you’re going to be on the boardwalk in the hot sun right next to the beach, make sure you have your Camelbak Eddy Bottle!
Sometimes, the boardwalk can get a bit crazy. Want to drown out the unnecessary sound and focus on your workout? Get the iPhone Armband by Tune Belt. Its convenient, protective, and sleek!
Long Branch is also home to Monmouth University- one of New Jersey’s most prestigious universities. If you want a school that is close to the beach AND close to home- this is definitely the school for you!
During the day you can hit the beach at a fair price, go shopping at one of the many high-end store fronts, or have a lovely lunch with a view. But why stop the fun once the sun goes down? Check out Avenue & Le Club- there is a club on the roof of the venue! Not only can you spend your whole evening at one of Pier Village’s many restaurants, you can dance the night away in the moonlight. Long Branch holds beach concerts almost every night of the summer too! Check out the INFO links at the bottom of this post for more info!
Make sure to check of Long Branch’s unique restaurants while you’re visiting:
The Inkwell Coffee House McLoone’s Pier House
Nelly’s Grill & Pizza (Unique “FAT” Sandwiches!) Sirena’s
The Wine Loft Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (My favorite place BY FAR!)
Cake, Bake, and Roll The Turning Point
More information on…..
Long Branch: http://www.visitlongbranch.com/
Pier Village: http://www.piervillage.com/
Monmouth University: http://www.monmouth.edu/university.aspx
Looking to stay in Long Branch for the night? Check out the Ocean Place Resort & Spa: http://www.oceanplace.com/