Summer Vacation to Brick Beach, New Jersey

By Tee1

Another Jersey Shore Beach Spot for Family Vacations

Before the Jersey Shore began to transformed into a seasonal beach destination area resort in the late 19th century, the Brick beach area was an agricultural and fishing area. Coinciding with this shift, agricultural activities became commercial service based in the new tourist driven economy.  Starting in the 1950’s, people began to leave the cities and relocate back into the rural areas . Commuting the 66 miles from New York City to a Brick beach house on the Atlantic was no longer a summer fantasy when the Garden State Parkway opened in 1954. The highway allowed people to live along the coast in cheap, relatively undeveloped areas, and work in the city.

“America’s Safest City”, out of 371 cities included nationwide in the 13th annual Morgan Quitno survey

In the latest census, 2010, the township had over 75,000 residents. Brick Township is in Ocean County, New Jersey. A township is on “par with any town, city, borough, or village, collecting property taxes and providing services such as maintaining roads, garbage collection, water, sewer, schools, police and fire protection.

Brick Township has 4 beaches, however one of them is on a river. Throughout the summer, each beach has lifeguard services. Being New Jersey, the beaches require a badge for adults. While on a number of levels, I am completely opposed to beach badges, the beaches are decent enough. If you liken beach badges to a membership at an Italian or Maltese Lido, maybe its not such a bad deal.  The lido does offer drink service and tasty food, which just isn’t going to happen on the Jersey Shore.

Where is Brick Beach?  40°06′N  74° 11′W

Oddly enough, Brick Beach is not adjacent geographically to the mainland area of the town. Ocean Beaches I, II and III might be the most uninspired names ever. The beach area of Brick is really quite nice. It appears that the non-adjacent part of the township came up with the names. The three Brick beaches are located on the Barnegat Peninsula, the long barrier which separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Bay.

The actress, Kirsten Dunst, grew up in Brick before relocating to California.

Brick Beach One

310 Route 35 North.  Amenities include outdoor shower heads, lockers, parking, concessions, and restrooms.

Brick Beach Two

354 Route 35 North. No amenities are available at Brick Beach 2. That includes parking.  Park at either Brick Beach 1 or 3 and walk to Beach 2 to get to this beach.

Brick Beach Three

440 Route 35 North.  Amenities include bathrooms, parking, and concessions.

Brick Beach: Fun Summer Vacation Destination

The part of the Brick that is not along the ocean is hard to classify. On one hand, it was ranked as America’s Safest City in 2006 out of 371 cities included nationwide in the 13th annual Morgan Quitno survey. The town has also been ravaged by heroin and there is an alleged autism epidemic. The two parts of the town are separate, but certainly not equal. Anyway, whatever issues may exist fall far outside the realm of being able to spend a nice day on the beach.

Included on a list of the “Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns,” the Brick beaches were in a safe city and that its “commercial development of big-box stores, department stores, and chain restaurants has made it a shopping destination for much of northern Ocean County.”

While this might be another world from a Gozo beach vacation, it has a lot in common in what is really important. In particular, basic decency and kindness of spirit which is evident in the care and common sense of the beach tips supplied by the Township. Please see below. These are useful for just about anywhere.

Brick Beach Safety Tips

The Brick Township Department of Parks and Recreation and the Brick Township Lifeguards would like to share the following safety tips and suggestions to help ensure your visits to our beaches are safe and fun:

  • Swim only when lifeguards are on duty; never underestimate the ocean or overestimate your ability to swim in the ocean
  • Swim within the designated areas only
  • Parents should never leave their child unattended
  • Obey all rules and posted signs
  • Always listen to lifeguards; it is their job to protect you
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially on days with excessive and oppressive heat
  • Protect your skin – wear sunblock with a minimum sun protection factor of 15 anytime you expect to be exposed to the sun.  Reapply as often as you need it.
  • Wear eye protection.  UV rays can damage eyes.  Wear sunglasses that absorb at least 90 percent of UV sunlight.
  • Watch for signs of heat stroke.  These include red, hot and dry skin, lethargy, nausea and vomiting, weakness and dizziness.  If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, get the victim to a shady or cool area and call for assistance.
  • Wear protection on your feet.  Sand and pavement can get extremely hot in the summer sun and can burn feet.