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Sandy Hook

July 21, 2013

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Sandy Hook is a six-mile peninsula on the northern end of the New Jersey coastline.  This location offers it a prominent view of the southern New York harbor area.  As such, the finger of land has an interesting history that goes back to the early days of the American colonies.  The Dutch called the area “Sant Hoek” and the name evolved to the English name Sandy Hook.  In the 1600s and early 1700s pirates put in along Sandy Hook on the look-out for easy plunder going in and out of New York Harbor.

Since 1764, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse has assisted ships through New York Harbor, making it America’s oldest lighthouse.  A fort was built on this point during the War of 1812 to protect New York from the British.  Over the years the Army updated capabilities including the addition of surface-to-air missiles during the 1950s.  Today, the military use has faded and recreational use has expanded.

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Sandy Hook is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area and home to a number of beaches.  No boardwalks, no casinos, no amusement parks… just sand.  As such, the beaches tend to not be so crowded as other beaches further down the Jersey Shore.  The rolling sand dunes and long expanses of open sand offer a perfect place to pitch beach chairs and watch the waves… or to make sand castles… or to picnic… or to ride bikes along the meandering trails.  During the fall and spring, given the location of the peninsula along the Atlantic Flyway,  this small finger of land is a bird watching paradise.

So, when you are tired of the hustle-bustle of life and need to re-charge, I recommend you head for Sandy Hook.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    July 22, 2013 9:20 am

    Calla and Annie looks so sweet on the beach. I know you had fun.

    • July 22, 2013 9:53 am

      Thanks for checking out the blog and your nice comment. We had a blast at the beach!!!!!!!

  2. July 23, 2013 7:46 am

    Nice pics – thanks for posting. I grew up along these beaches and then left and came back with family and spent about 20 years in Cape May County. Love your blog. 😀

    • July 23, 2013 9:33 am

      Thanks for checking out my blog and your kind words. It was great to walk the sands of the Jersey beaches and listen to the waves. So relaxing.

  3. July 26, 2013 8:42 am

    What a fun day! And the weather was perfect. We hope to go back sometime this summer.

    • July 26, 2013 9:25 am

      Thanks for the comment. Sandy Hook was awesome and looked like an interesting place to roam around on a bike.

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