Why Manasquan Beach Is One of the Top Beaches in NJ

With clean, calm water and soft, white sand, it’s no surprise Manasquan Beach has been a summer hotspot for generations. In fact, it’s one of the most popular beaches at the Jersey Shore! Bring the whole family for a day of fun in the sun, or hit the town at night with your significant other. No matter when you visit, you can expect to make memories at “Squan”. Read on to learn more and use our free Jersey Shore Vacation Guide to start planning your trip!

Take Me to the Beach

How to Spend a Day at Manasquan Beach

Family Fun

Manasquan’s mile-long stretch of sand attracts locals and visitors of all ages. The beach is safe, clean, and well maintained, making it perfect for families. At Main Beach, you’ll have access to Gee Gee’s (pizzeria, deli, and arcade) as well as restrooms on the beach walk. There’s also a surfing beach at the south end by Manasquan Inlet. This area is a bit quieter and offers year-round activities like fishing and other sports.

Local Tip: Are you bringing your furry family member along? Head to Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area. This riverfront park has a dog-friendly beach and is a great place to walk your four-legged friend.


When your stomach starts to growl, you’ll be happy to know that there are a number of restaurants just steps from the sand. Grab a slice from First Avenue Pizza & Subs, or pick up a few tacos from Tacoholic. You can even treat yourself to a healthy, delicious snack from Playa Bowls. Further south, the Riverside Cafe and Carlson’s Corner offer delicious food and beautiful views of Manasquan Inlet. 


If the kids still need to burn off some energy, you’re in luck! Manasquan offers movies and concerts at Main Beach all summer long. Enjoy free film screenings every Monday at dusk, or dance it out to some live music. Shows are held throughout the week at 7:30 p.m. Check this season’s schedule for details! 

Couples and singles also have plenty of options for entertainment. The Osprey is a historic nightclub that has been around for over 70 years. You’ll find DJs and live bands at this bustling, beachfront venue. Other excellent options include:

Take an Easy Drive Back to Ocean Grove

view of the beds in the Family SuiteAfter a long day in the sun or a full night of fun, you’ll want a quiet place to unwind. That’s where we come in! The Ocean Plaza Hotel and Ocean View Inn are just 20 minutes from Manasquan Beach. Stay with us for the peace and privacy you deserve on vacation.

Book a Family Suite at the Ocean View Inn for the perfect home away from home! These deluxe, three-room suites have two queen beds, a living room with a pull-out sofa, two flat-screen TV’s, and a full kitchen. We even welcome dogs!

Check our availability and book your stay today. We can’t wait to hear about your experience in Manasquan!