The history of Belmar is fascinating. The town was founded in 1872 by a group of developers starting a vacation community. Then called Ocean Beach, the town was christened as Belmar (French for beautiful sea) in 1889.
There are many historically significant sites in Belmar’s one square mile. As you wander the tree-lined streets, you should not miss Belmar’s Public Library, 517 Tenth Avenue. This library, built in 1914, was the model for all of the Carnegie-financed libraries later constructed in the U.S.
The Belmar Fishing Club, at First and Ocean, is one of the few 19th century piers left in Monmouth County. A plaque commemorating a Revolutionary War era salt works stands on Ocean Avenue and Sixth Avenues.
The World War I Memorial called “The spirit of the American Doughboy” is located in its own little park on West Railroad Field Avenue, which is the official name for what locals fondly call “Doughboy Park”.
On February 4, 1930, Mayor Dillon acted on an idea proposed by the American Legion to erect a suitable World War I monument. The idea was approved and the land was donated. The park and statue were unveiled to the public on Decoration Day, May 30, 1930.
The Belmar Historical Council recently raised funds to restore the Doughboy historic memorial and insure this significant statue will be around for generations to come.
Belmar’s Oceanfront is a paradise for vacationers and residents alike. Its clean, sandy beaches and boardwalk stretch from First to Twentieth Avenues. Start your day with an early jog along the tranquil boardwalk, where the sunrise greets a new morning. As the day progresses, the Oceanfront evolves into a magnificent Mecca of non-stop fun. Swim, surf, fish and sail in the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Shop to your heart’s content at the variety of specialty stores. Take a break at one of the numerous eateries or taverns.
Enjoy rollerblading, biking, kite flying, the arcade, or just bask in the sun while listening to the sound of waves breaking on the sand. The Oceanfront is where you will find Taylor Pavilion and the Huisman Gazebo-the centers for many of Belmar’s spectacular shows and events. The Annual New Jersey Seafood Festival, the Summer Band Concert and Social Dance Series, craft shows and exhibits are just some of the activities you’ll find at Belmar’s famous Oceanfront.
One of Belmar’s prized possessions is its marvelous Marina. Known as “The Home Of New Jersey’s Largest Charter Fishing Fleet”, Belmar Marina is a boat-lover’s dream. The Marina is located off of Route 35, with its main entrance at Tenth Avenue. It overlooks the scenic Shark River. The fishing and party boats sail 365 days a year. All boats are privately owned and are available at reasonable, competitive rates. Special rates are available for groups, children and senior citizens. A variety of morning, afternoon, and night trips are offered. Food, drinks, and fishing equipment are available on the boats. Moonlight cruises are offered seasonally, Friday through Sunday, from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch are served daily from the coffee shop on the premises. Restrooms and free parking are provided.
The Belmar Marine Basin has a launching ramp and fishing pier, as well as a bait and tackle shop to fill the anglers’ needs. Rowboat rentals are also available. Adjacent to Belmar Marina is Maclearie Park-complete with tennis courts, a playground, and a soccer field.
To learn more about Belmar and all it’s attractions, visit the Belmar Chamber of Commerce.
To learn more about tourism visit the Belmar tourism website.
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