Jersey Shore: Pt. Pleasant

Pt. Pleasant New Jersey

This year, I don’t recommend the Jersey Shore. At least, I would stay far away from Pt. Pleasant. We drove down in a rental “car” which actually turned out to be a mini-van because the rental company overbooked. As we pull into Pt. Pleasant, we noticed the mob of people fighting for parking spaces. It took 30 minutes to find a lot that was reasonably priced at $25, but others were asking $40. As we walk up to the beach, we find out that there is an eight dollar fee to enter the beach. I whip out my money to pay when the attendant tells me that there is a horrible undercurrent and that I can only go into my knees. I was about through at that point, but had my lovely picnic lunch and was determined. We paid nonetheless.

The beach was way overcrowded. The people next to us sparked up some small talk as we were so close. It was absolutely uncomfortable. Kids were running around everywhere jumping up and down and playing. A year earlier, I went to Jones Beach with some friends and had a blast! The water was cool and refreshing and there was room to relax. Most importantly, there was no fee for the beach. The boardwalk at Point Pleasant was not for me. I liked the Seaside Heights Boardwalk, because it was for young adults. This boardwalk was for married couples and their kids. There was no party for me. If you want to party, go to Seaside Heights. If you want to bathe, go to Jones Beach. Period.

We had some drinks at the Tiki bar. There is a nightclub there that we were about to pay to get in. Until we heard the music. It was totally top 40 and absolutely lame. We turned around and left. After strolling around the boardwalk, we found some fisherman to photograph. They had their buckets of bait, a few hidden cold ones, and their poles. We noticed one being arrested for something, maybe swimming or fishing illegally. They told us that Point Pleasant required a fishing license. Does it really take five cops to arrest a single unlawful fisherman?

As for the food, the best meal there was the one from my cooler. I made an Italian combo with Cold Cuts from Russo’s Mozzarella & Pasta. I added some fresh roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, pesto sauce, homemade mozzarella, and a whole wheat hero. It was delicious. We also had some tortilla chips and guacamole. The food there was all fried. Brian had some fried oysters, which I found to be absolutely disgusting. I would have enjoyed a funnel cake or something though…

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