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Life's a Beach: Ocean Grove, New Jersey

  • Jun 29, 2014 · 11:45 AM
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Even the good lord had to rest on the 7th day. I need a beak from climbing mountains and wrestling bears--a day at the beach sounds like the perfect solution. Come join me as I relax on the beach at one of my favorite Jersey Shore locations--Ocean Grove.

If you don't know, now you know ...

Voted one of Fodor's best beaches for 2014...

"Ocean Grove's Victorian architecture is the major draw of the area along with the beach and boardwalk. The downtown district—with cute shops and restaurants—is just two blocks from the famed boardwalk. But, you go to the Shore for the beach and Ocean Grove’s is pristine."

I already knew this, but now the world knows. You sold yet?

The important stuff ...

• Bring your beach essentials -- swimsuit, towel, sunblock, water, and a game or two (cards, frisbee, etc.).

• Bring money for beach admission ($9.00), unless you purchase the combination train and beach access ticket.

• Bring lunch and drink. or you can purchase lunch in downtown Ocean Grove a short walk away.

• Rain or other non-beachy weather cancels the meetup. Definitely check your email the morning of the meetup just in case.

• No Flakes Allowed! Please only RSVP if you seriously plan to attend.

Mass Transit Directions/Meeting Point ...

Take New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast line train #7331at 10:01 AM from NY Penn Station to the Asbury Park, New Jersey, station. You'll arrive at 11:27 AM. Fare is $31.50 for a combination round trip and beach access ticket. Note, you MUST buy this train ticket from an agent, you can't get it from the vending machine.

If you drive, parking is free on weekends at the Asbury Park train station and there is also plentiful free street parking in Ocean Grove.

Please post if you are catching the train so people can coordinate meeting at the train station to ride together.

We'll meet outside of Nagles Ice Cream Apothecary and Cafe on the corner of Main and Central Avenues in Ocean Grove. Leave the Asbury Park train station, turn right on South Main Street, walk one block, turn left onto Main Avenue, walk into the village of Ocean Grove and continue walking 8 blocks to the intersection of Main and Central.

Map to meeting point ....


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  • Dee D.

    Joseph - Thank you for your assistance w/ reaching the pull-up bar, that was super cool of you. Nice to know chivalry is not dead. :-) Also Kevin as always you are the coolest. Yes I should have followed directions however thanks for getting to the correct beach location. Joseph/Kevin - thanks for showing me how to throw a US football correctly. :-)

    1 · June 30, 2014

    • Joseph L.

      Youre welcome! I guess if theres ever a time to let someone step on me, its to reach a pull up bar lol

      1 · June 30, 2014

  • M

    Good times, as always

    June 29, 2014

    • Dee D.

      Thank you for giving me a boost to do my pull-ups :-)

      June 30, 2014

  • Dee D.

    freakin' great

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Dee D.

    Are you near the Porta potti

    June 29, 2014

  • Dee D.

    Are you in Asbury Park or Ocean grove?

    June 29, 2014

    • Jane

      Ocean grove

      June 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Found it! We are further away from the water on the beach directly in front of the beach umbrella rental (green umbrellas) that are towards the street side of the beach (away from the water). Looking from the water we are up towards the back between the furthest 2 no swimming red flags from the rocks.

    June 29, 2014

    • Joseph L.

      Could you elaborate more? We are currently in front of th ocean grove store with the white clock on the roof

      June 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will walk over to the hut called "salt" that's right on the beach to the left when you walk in. My hair is in a side braid.

      June 29, 2014

  • Maryana

    It's Diana and I. Tried to look for the group but didn't see anyone. Yet

    June 29, 2014

  • Maryana

    We are on the beach on the right side of the pier (right of Main Av)

    June 29, 2014

    • Jane

      We are in the beach area almost directly behind main ave

      June 29, 2014

  • Jane

    We are on the beach at the end of Main Street. Walk down to the beach, turn right and enter by the bathrooms. Turn left and we are approximately 100 feet to the right of the first lifeguard chair.

    June 29, 2014

  • amy

    Train is late. Arriving shortly

    June 29, 2014

  • Jane

    I'm here at the meeting point with Kevin. I'm wearing a straw hat and a black print romper, and he is wearing a green cap, grey shirt and green shorts.

    June 29, 2014

  • ali

    Ticket agent gave me a hard time - had no idea about the package - but made it onto train despite him :) thank you for the very thorough instructions!

    June 29, 2014

  • Kevin

    People, if there is an issue tomorrow morning you can reach me on my mobile at 347.628.1135. Note, I won't be answering the phone after 12pm so I can enjoy the day at the shore.

    June 28, 2014

  • wy

    With the change in time does anyone know his traffic will be late morning and if it will be bumper traffic from the Bronx? How long is the event to?

    June 28, 2014

    • Kevin

      There is no specific end time to this event. Can't comment on Bronx traffic as I don't live there.

      June 28, 2014

  • Craig

    Ocean grove is great but staying local for waterfront brewfest in Stamford

    June 28, 2014

  • Suz

    I'm bummed. I'd love to do this. Hope you guys go again.

    June 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Manhattan and plan to take public transit but if someone is driving and wants a couple ride along buddies, I would be down and would help with gas/tolls.

    June 23, 2014

  • Carolr

    Anyone going from Brooklyn NY, I would love the travel company

    June 23, 2014

  • Matthew

    Great place. Would love to go but will be away for work.

    June 22, 2014

  • ali

    Thanks for posting this - lovely place. Posting as you requested, to say I'm taking nj transit from ny penn ststion

    June 22, 2014

  • DeeDee

    Ocean grove is definitely a beautiful area.

    June 22, 2014

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