Sandy Hook is a popular stop for bikers, hikers, and birdwatchers. In the spring and summer, you may see endangered osprey nesting here. Whether it is a lazy Sunday afternoon or a beautiful sunset dinner; Sandy Hook is like no other. Family owned and operated for over 20 years, A nautical flair offers you the chance to dine among friends and family so sit back, relax and let us take care of the dishes! Sandy Hook is a barrier beach peninsula located at the north end of the Jersey Shore. Hiking, fishing, birding and beach combing are popular year-round in the park’s 1,600 acre expanse.
Sandy Hook is a welcomed oasis for many varieties of flora and fauna. Most notably, the peninsula is home to osprey and piping plovers. The tall, white lighthouse at Sandy Hook is the oldest standing light tower in the United States. Since 1764, the lighthouse’s unfailing beam has befriended innumerable vessels as they have passed in or out of New York’s great harbor. The area surrounding Sandy Hook is prime location for real estate because the easy access the Gateway national Part and is easily reachable from New York City by ferry.
For something a little different, consider Nauvoo at Sandy Hook , a fun, funky little group of Victorian beach bungalows right in the middle of Highlands . All of the bungalows have been renovated and repainted in bright primary colors; each sleeps two and has its own mini kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Come get away from it all while you stay in an authentic seasonal Victorian beach bungalow colony located in Highlands , New Jersey. We are located in an area that is perfect for relaxation – close to the action – but not close to the auto traffic congestion. Highlands is the highest point on the entire eastern seaboard, and during the height of Prohibition became a bootleggers paradise. A sleepy seaside town, Highlands lost many vacationers to glitzier towns such as Atlantic City during the second half of the 20th Century.
There is a “legend” about a secret cellar under the main light, which, when opened in 1857, revealed a skeleton sitting at a table in front of a crude fireplace. While intriguing, the fact is that there is no cellar under the lighthouse, but instead is under the keeper’s house. Sandy Hook became a state park in 1961 and the southern end of the beach was opened for public bathing. As Fort Hancock was deactivated the bathing area at Sandy Hook has continued to grow and today stretches throughout the park. There was a large group of Canadian Geese wandering around an open field on the grounds of Fort Hancock out by the lighthouse.
Horseshoe Cove is popular with recreational boaters. Landing on beach with a motorized boat is prohibited. It began with a tragedy-the loss of nine boats and 17 pilots in the savage blizzard of 1888. After that event, the New York State Board of Pilot Commissioners forced the many competing local pilot groups to combine and cooperate.