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About Point Pleasant Beach

From Springsteen to the Sopranos, New Jersey is famous for a lot of things, but one of the best is the summer shore town of Point Pleasant Beach. Families from inland cities and towns love to spend their vacation on the beaches and you can too by booking a Point Pleasant Beach vacation rental on FlipKey.

About Point Pleasant Beach

Once the summer fishing grounds of the Lenape Indians, Point Pleasant beach became a resort for families in the mid-19th century right through the Victorian era, the roaring 20’s and prohibition.

Like other east coast resorts of Coney Island and Atlantic City, Point Pleasant Beach installed a boardwalk in 1915 so that people could stroll the boards by the beach in their fine Sunday clothes.

Amusement arcades and rides soon followed, together with hot dogs and pizza introduced by the latest batch of immigrants to call America home.

When the north to south Garden State Parkway was completed in 1957, reaching the shore communities from New York and Philadelphia was easy and something metro dwellers did every summer to escape the heat and humidity of the city.

From Memorial Day in May until Labor Day in September, Point Pleasant’s beaches are full of families enjoying summer at the shore.

What to do

Point Pleasant Beach, just like every town up and down the coast of New Jersey, is built on a barrier island connected to the mainland by either a causeway or bridge.

Many of the houses on these barrier islands are second homes that people either use as their summer residence or rent out as a source of income.

Businesses here often only open for the summer season, looking to make enough money over a few months to last them through the winter.

Lying on the beach, swimming and going out to eat crabs is what New Jersey shore life is all about. Watch the Atlantic waves gently roll in while listening to Frank Sinatra sing “The Summer Wind” and you'll feel like a real local!

When the kids go back to school in September, the beach is virtually deserted except for surfers looking to catch a big wave. Take a chance and go to enjoy the peace and quiet.

Top Point Pleasant Beach travel tips

Parking down at the shore can be a nightmare, especially at weekends so try and leave work early and beat the crowds.

If you’re visiting from outside the New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania areas, spend a day in the “Big Apple” or visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

The Jersey Shore is wonderful both for its buzz in the summer and its tranquility during the winter. On FlipKey, you’ll find dozens of Point Pleasant Beach vacation rentals to fit all budgets.