Gateway National Recreation Area

Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area)

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  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth Morawe3 weeks ago
    Trails, beaches& the wildlife
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth Morawe3 weeks ago
    Beautiful beaches
  • George L.
    George LSeptember 13, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Gunnison Beach
  • Tony K.
    Tony KingJuly 18, 2017
    Parking lot D has the food trucks
  • Mary J.
    Mary JasenApril 29, 2017
    Beautiful views!
  • todd a w.
    todd a williamsJanuary 24, 2017
    Great place to walk around year round. Gets crowded in the summer so come early for a good spot.
  • Pamela A.
    Pamela AbernethyOctober 28, 2016
    Beautiful beach only a 30 minute ferry ride from Wall Street. Take a cooler and byob (there's none to buy there) & rent bikes with a tag along to cruise around Til you find the perfect beach. Bliss
  • Steve M.
    Steve McDanielSeptember 30, 2016
    Head to Fort Hancock end - wide open
  • MrsCorkster
    MrsCorksterAugust 20, 2016
    Interesting history, felt like a fort from another time and place. Officers' former homes available for long-term lease, though tenants are responsible for the renovation.
  • Ronny O.
    Ronny OemrawAugust 19, 2016
    Very nice there. Clean. Park rangers are not nice. Very racist.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Sandy Hook has something for everyone: wide, sandy beaches manned by an army of lifeguards; fishing and nature walks; and history (the oldest operating lighthouse in the U.S.). Read more
  • Ruslan K.
    Ruslan KutyushevJune 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best beach!
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin O'NeillJune 3, 2016
    Save the $200 on a car rental beach getaway and opt-in for an express boat ride to this cozy beach spot. Pack a picnic lunch options are limited
  • Jay E.
    Jay EaglesonJune 2, 2015
    Amazing place to go to the beach, explore, or ride a bike. A lot of kite surfers on the water. Parts of the park are dog friendly as well.
  • Katherine W.
    Katherine WootenSeptember 16, 2014
    The beaches are dirty.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie CarpenterSeptember 6, 2014
    Get the all day bike rental for 35 bucks. Worth it
  • Jimmy K.
    Jimmy KastnerAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here to see a sunrise. Especially the first sunrise of the year... dress warm though.
  • Tony G.
    Tony GAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Get here before he park closes
  • Erin
    ErinAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The week at the beach is so much more relaxing than the weekend!!
  • Nate S.
    Nate SaeteAugust 4, 2014
    Yeahhh Gunnison is a nude beach, but you won't feel pressured to get naked if you don't want to. You'll see lots of bathing suits there. Go!
  • Nicholle G.
    Nicholle GardnerJuly 26, 2014
    Great beach!
  • Peyton S.
    Peyton SherwoodJuly 6, 2014
    North Beach is the park's widest beach. There are bathrooms, showers, and often a concession truck near the parking lot.
  • Asia G.
    Asia GilesApril 13, 2014
    Sea glass galore!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SNovember 3, 2013
    Windy!! 18 mph headwind but the bike path is fixed from the damage from Sandy.
  • Kathy P.
    Kathy Prince BreretonAugust 29, 2013
    Got a surprise visit with the Solider iv adopted since 9-11 from Texas who serves in Afghanistan
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BessetteAugust 21, 2013
    Nice bwache. But too busy
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan T.August 10, 2013
    Make sure to bring cash! No ATM or credit card accepting vendors post-Sandy
  • Nichol A.
    Nichol AlexanderAugust 4, 2013
    Go to Jacob Riis instead.
  • Jared B.
    Jared BrodskyJuly 28, 2013
    Beautiful beach! Skip parking field C - go to the next one. There is a restaurant there.
  • Aileen T.
    Aileen TanJuly 20, 2013
    beach is nice, water is clean and not rocky.. the only thing I did not like is that there are so many flies and they bite like mosquitos!
  • Mash B.
    Mash BJuly 7, 2013
    Make sure you have some bug spray for flies after a rainy day. Watch the red flag to let you know when the flies are coming. If its in your direction you're good.
  • Iqbal Y.
    Iqbal YusafJuly 6, 2013
    Lots D and E have lifeguards and lots of kids. Bathrooms are open. Keep driving north for the fort and lighthouse. It's definitely worth the trip.
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa Maloney 💋July 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Please remember to bring a few plastic bags and take your garbage. Dont be a lazy pig and leave it for others to deal with. Jersey Strong :)
  • OSO W.
    OSO Web StudioJuly 5, 2013
    Clean water, big waves... nice and sunny
  • Stephanie N.
    Stephanie NeelJuly 4, 2013
    PUT ON SUNSCREEN, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.
  • Marielle
    MarielleMay 31, 2013
    Only 2 areas were closed from what I could see. Only one side is freshly paved, but I have to say she looks terrific!!!
  • UNOlker
    UNOlkerMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best camping spot per needs: 1 site closest to parking lot w own pavilion, B-10. Best spot for 2 private sites, C-11 & C-12, Best for 3, E-17>E-19. Best secluded single, E-20.
  • UNOlker
    UNOlkerMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Camping checkout is 10am. Pay for the extra day @ $20. You can roam around the park / leave whenever since it includes free parking (usually $15 anyway).
  • Tony G.
    Tony GFebruary 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Be sure to visit Gunnison for the BEST beach experience!
  • Alex
    AlexJuly 28, 2012
    Bring your pooch to the inset side for sandy paws, salty smells, and wet noses.
  • Natalie
    NatalieJuly 22, 2012
    Don't buy a season pass. If the park fills up they turn everyone away, even if you paid the 75$. Bull.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 20, 2012
    In addition to surf, sand and swim, the beach is also home to a military fort dating back to 1902 that protected for New York City until World War II. See photos here: Read more
  • megan
    meganJuly 16, 2012
    Great beach day :)
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusJune 25, 2012
    A sweet spot for nature lovers, as there are more than 300 species of birds at these beaches. Also for those who hate tan lines, there are some nude beach areas as well. Read more at MetroFocus. Read more
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayJune 19, 2012
    You now have a new way to Sandy Hook! Check out our new service! http://www.nywaterway.com/sandyhook.aspx
  • Christian D.
    Christian DansbachJune 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The cleanest beach ever in lot D
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 11, 2011
    Winner of Best Convenient Beach in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! The $40 roundtrip ferry ride is well worth the seclusion and tranquility.
  • Joanne C.
    Joanne CasaleSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring your rollerblades or bicycles for a great time. Just stay off the nude beach. Old people "hanging" around lol
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MSeptember 1, 2011
    Park at Lot D and there is a restaurant and bar!
  • sweta v.
    sweta vedAugust 24, 2011
    No Boardwalk! But absolutely clean and lovely beach! If you dont want to spend the whole day at the beach, go after 5 PM , the beach is half empty and no entrance fee either!
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