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The Other Jersey Shore – Point Pleasant Beach

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 by in Eat & Drink, Travel | 0 comments

 

Dock. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

When it comes to the ocean, I have a deep-seated affinity for most things waterborne: starfish, seashells, seaweed, seals, snorkeling. And the list goes on. In another life, I may have been a surfer in Hawaii, pounding the shore at 6am (though that early wake-up time would have met with some protest at first).

Eager to soak up the sun’s rays (slathered in SPF, of course), R and I rented a room out at a home on the Jersey Shore via Airbnb. Destination: Point Pleasant Beach.

While the term “Jersey Shore” might conjure images of jacked guidos, tanning booths, and a thick New “Joysie” accent, we had other things in mind: a relaxing beach weekend, for one. We traveled by NJ transit, a comfortable ride that’s just over two hours long.

 

Point Pleasant. Airbnb Home. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant. Airbnb Home. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Rich and Carmen’s home was spacious and well-furnished, with abundant seaside flair.

 

Point Pleasant. Airbnb Home. "Relax" Bedroom. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant. Airbnb Home. “Relax” Bedroom. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

“Relax”. The oars appeared to have been hand-painted (by the owners?). What a great DIY project idea!

 

Point Pleasant. Airbnb Home. "Salvaged wood from Sandy 2012. All proceeds to restore the shore." Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant. Airbnb Home. “Salvaged wood from Sandy 2012. All proceeds to restore the shore.” Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

This mirror was crafted out of repurposed wood salvaged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy two years ago.

 

Point Pleasant. Airbnb Home. Clever Climbers. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant. Airbnb Home. Clever Climbers. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

These whimsical climbers made me smile.

 

Dauntless Broadway Basin. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Dauntless Broadway Basin. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

On our way to the beach, we passed “Dauntless” Broadway Basin, a place for deep sea fishing.

 

Point Pleasant Beach Entrance. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant Beach Entrance. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

We carried beach chairs with built-in backpacks so we could haul our towels and snacks in them. It worked out well, though after walking quite a bit, the straps dug into my shoulders.

 

Point Pleasant Beach ATVs. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant Beach ATVs. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

The lifeguards and other beach staff zipped around on ATVs.

 

Point Pleasant Beach. Surfer on ATV. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant Beach. Surfer on ATV. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

People usually come to Point Pleasant to surf and/or go fishing, says Rich.

 

Jenkinson's Boardwalk Bar & Grill. Clockwise, from L-R: cheese fries, cheeseburger, chicken tenders. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Bar & Grill. Clockwise, from L-R: cheese fries, cheeseburger, chicken tenders. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

We got hungry and ordered a cheeseburger, cheese fries and one of the best chicken tenders I’ve ever had at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Bar & Grill (even I was surprised). Of course, R also brought back a Summer Shandy – perfect drink to enjoy at the beach!

 

Point Pleasant Beach. Tents and Umbrellas Aplenty. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant Beach. Tents and Umbrellas Aplenty. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Some folks thought ahead and brought their beach tents: or were those for rent?

 

Point Pleasant Beach. Reading Kindle. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant Beach. Reading Kindle. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

We brought our Kindles so we could read our books. My current selections? Best Travel Writing and Julia Child’s My Life in France.

 

Point Pleasant Beach Rocks. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant Beach Rocks. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

I walked along the beach for a better view of the rocks.

 

Wharfside Patio Bar and Restaurant appetizers. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Wharfside Patio Bar & Restaurant appetizers. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

For dinner, we stopped by Wharfside Patio Bar & Restaurant. The fritters and cheese bread appetizers were good.

 

"Wharfside Pasta" at Wharfside Patio Bar and Restaurant. Photo by Sarah Tung.

“Wharfside Pasta” at Wharfside Patio Bar & Restaurant. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Can’t say the same about their Wharfside Pasta dish, which was just mediocre. It contained shrimp, zucchini, carrots and Parmesan cheese tossed in a garlic-butter herb sauce. I couldn’t help but think that a more generous portion of garlic, butter and herbs would have brought this dish to life. I…require…flavor.

 

Jenkinson's Aquarium. Seal. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Seal. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

The next day, we hit up Jenkinson’s Aquarium. We found a friendly seal – though no sign of his friend the Walrus…

 

Jenkinson's Aquarium. Nurse Shark. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Nurse Shark. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

You do not want to mess with the nurse shark.

 

Jenkinson's Aquarium. Sea Critter. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Sea Critter. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

I didn’t get the name of this sea critter, but it looked so carefree.

 

Jenkinson's Aquarium. African Penguin. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium. African Penguin. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

The African penguins clustered in a group until one of them broke out on his own.

 

Jenkinson's Aquarium. African penguins perform a synchronized dance. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium. African penguins perform a synchronized dance. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

He was quickly followed by his loyal followers, who performed a synchronized dance. I call this one “the whiplash splash.” (OK, so maybe they’re just turning away because he jumped into the water directly in front of them…) The one in the back had just finished shedding; hence, the lack of black feathers.

 

Jenkinson's Aquarium. Pair of Parrots. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium. Pair of Parrots. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

On the second floor, we found parrots.

 

Jenkinson's Boardwalk. XD Theater Tickets. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. XD Theater Tickets. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Back on the boardwalk, we zapped zombies at the XD Theater.

 

Jenkinson's Boardwalk. Arcade Games. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. Arcade Games. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Further down, we saw an arcade and played some games. On Fridays, from 5 to 11pm, the carnival rides are a single flat rate rather than per ride, so if rides are your thing, be sure to take advantage! In general, weekdays are less crowded then weekends.

 

"This is why I'm hot." Boo Hat. Photo by Sarah Tung.

“This is why I’m hot.” Boo Hat. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

I even won a mini version of Boo, “the world’s cutest dog”! That dog really does resemble a stuffed animal…

 

Point Pleasant Beach. Let's go fly a kite! Photo by Sarah Tung.

Point Pleasant Beach. Let’s go fly a kite! Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

R was inspired after seeing a guy flying his bright yellow kite, so he raced off into the sand in search of his own. He returned with a fish-shaped kite that cost $7.

 

Boo at Point Pleasant Beach. Photo by Sarah Tung.

Boo at Point Pleasant Beach. Photo by Sarah Tung.

 

Boo had a long day at the beach and wanted to go home. Thirsty dog.

Our time here sure was…pleasant. For a fun day trip, pack up your beach gear and head out to Point Pleasant Beach for a taste of the Jersey Shore. 🙂

 

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