Belmar, New Jersey
Belmar means “beautiful sea” in Italian. Growing up, I felt lucky to call this town my second home. I spent many long days on the beach, from early morning until dinner time, when we would occasionally get pizza delivered to 20th Ave. Days were filled with swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, kayaking, volleyball, shell-hunting, and lying on the sand, feeling warm sun dry saltwater from my tanned skin. We lived outside, riding bikes through Spring Lake to the park and for ice cream at The Sundae Times, playing Wiffle ball in the street, manhunt, fluke fishing, miniature golf, and sitting on the front porch, playing board games. I was also involved in the Junior Lifeguard program, where I made life-long friends. I still feel like a kid when I visit Strollo’s and Hoffman’s. I miss Sideroff’s, Skee Ball at Belmar Playland, Zelbes, Havens & Hampton, Gunny’s Pizza, and the old boardwalk, with its businesses and pavilions. If you’ve never been, I recommend a visit to Belmar for its beautiful beach, boardwalk, and town, bustling with cute shops, good restaurants and nightlife! This is @jennyinthesun with your #coastaljerseytakeover.