Hook Beach Excursion
An easy day trip from New York City
Seaside bliss on a
One of the amazing things about New York City
is how many fine beaches are near it.
Sandy Hook, part of the Gateway National Recreation
Area, sits at the entrance to New York harbour.
Sandy Hook has sand
and surf as fine as any on the east coast.
You'll love it!
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You could drive to Sandy Hook, but traffic
backs up when the parking lots fill early on warm days.
Instead, take a Seatreak ferry. (During winter, you may find no information about this service on the website.)
During the summer and sometimes until late in September, Seatreak leaves from two piers in Manhattan, one near the United Nations and one in the Wall Street area.
You can take your bike onboard.
Reaching Sandy Hook
Getting there is half the fun.
Your Seatreak ferry follows the
Manhattan and New Jersey skylines down the Hudson River to
the best sights found on the regular harbour tours.
You pass close
to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the main point of
entry of millions of new Americans at the end of the Nineteenth
and beginning of the Twentieth centuries.
Then, you enter the most
impressive area of New York Harbour, surrounded by large
ships and other
water traffic, with the Wall Street area skyline to your
Container facilities and other piers mostly
on the New Jersey side of the harbour handle more than half of
the cargo entering Canada and the U.S. from the east. Activity
continues around the clock.
Passing under the high Verrazano Narrows Bridge
between Staten Island and Brooklyn, you glade through the wide
mouth of the harbour looking out at the open Atlantic.
Docking on the calm side of the Sandy Hook,
it's a short walk to the beach. However, most passengers take the small bus included in your ferry fare.
If you walk, walk slightly to the right toward the
southern part of Garrison Beach.
The northern section of Garrison is a fine
The southern part is the most popular clothing
optional beach in the eastern U.S.
If you want to practise
stay within the area marked clothing optional
by the National Park Service.
Passengers who do not want a clothing optional
environment can just walk straight ahead after debarking from
too, meet your boat to take you to other beaches at Sandy Hook.
You can also explore the old military buildings
that are part of the Gateway
National Recreation Area. Sandy Hook once protected the entrance
to New York Harbour.
parking is so limited on Sandy Hook, the wide beaches are
never really overcrowded. This is in marked contrast to Coney
Island and Jones Beach.
The surf is often
excellent, as are the views toward Long Island and the ships
entering New York Harbour.
There are life guards in case you need them.
there are washrooms, showers, and a rudimental food service available
you will be here for some time.
You absolutely have to remember to bring
a powerful sun block, as well as regular sun tan lotion.
These are essential. There's almost no shade.
You should also bring along a picnic lunch—bread, cheese,
and other items that will not spoil in the heat.
The food service there
offers few choices.
If you miss your boat back, getting back to
Manhattan could be a real hassle—quite difficult and expensive.
the ferry ride back to Manhattan is even more
than the outbound trip.
You sense the excitement of the
millions of new Americans who entered the U.S. via this route.
Have a great time at Sandy Hook!
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