by Shawn Clayton
on Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 5:58am.
Point Pleasant Beach is a popular Jersey Shore vacation destination located at the northern tip of the Barnegat Peninsula—where the Manasquan River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Connected directly to the west of Point Pleasant Beach is the ttraditional residential area of Point Pleasant, with the coastal borough of Bay Head located directly to the south.
Located just an hour's drive away from New York City, and only one-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia, Point Pleasant Beach is one of the top destinations on the Gold Coast for white sandy beaches, the action-packed Jenkinson's Boardwalk, and other family-friendly attractions.
A Long History of Tourism
Originally home to the Lenape Native Americans, Point Pleasant Beach was settled by European fishers and farmers in the 18th century. In the late 19th century, Thomas Cook Jr. opened up his farmhouse to visitors, which triggered a long history of vacation rentals along the Jersey Shore. The first permanent boardwalk was built in 1915, and turned into one of the Shore's top attractions by Charles Jenkinson in 1920.
Point Pleasant Beach has since grown into a thriving oceanside community with just under 5,000 residents call the borough home year-round. In addition to the popular boardwalk, the major nightlife destination is Arnold Avenue, which is home to many restaurants, nightclubs, comedy clubs, and other entertainment options. For slower paced fun, Point Pleasant Beach is a major antiquing destination, with the Point Pavillion Antique Center hosting over 40 regional antiques dealers. For some of the area's best seafood, check out the annual Festival of the Sea held each September.
Point Pleasant Beach Vacation Rentals
Point Pleasant Beach is home to some of the cleanest beaches on the Jersey Shore, which makes it a popular spot for families looking for vacation rentals during the summer holidays. Point Pleasant Beach vacation rentals offer exclusive access to private beachfront and close proximity to the area's many golf courses, restaurants, watersports, and the boardwalk. Whether you're hitting the links or taking parasailing lessons, you'll definitely be living in style.
Point Pleasant Beach real estate hosts some of the finest waterfront homes on the Gold Coast. The majority of properties in Point Pleasant Beach are single-family homes, which can range from $300,000 to over $5 million. The most coveted properties are luxury beachfront homes, which offer dazzling features such as resort-like master suites, hot tubs, gourmet kitchens, three-story elevators, wall-to-wall windows, expansive decks, and private beach access. This is the height of luxury.
Points of Interest
Jenkinson's Boardwalk – This boardwalk provides the classic Jersey Shore experience that visitors have come to expect: exciting rides, sandy beaches, noisy arcades, mini golf, carnival games, and tons of delicious food. From funnel cakes, to cotton candy, to taffy, to sausage sandwiches—the food here definitely won't have you leaving hungry. Stop by for a fun day of beachside family fun.
Jenkinson's Aquarium – Found on Jenkinson's Boardwalk, this aquarium offers a glimpse at some of the world's coolest marine life! Watch the staff feed the sharks, witness the famous penguin waddle, or enjoy the seals loafing around at this educational destination.