The Sandy Hook Unit of the four unit Gateway National Recreation Area is located in Northern New Jersey's Monmouth County. From the looks of it, you'd never guess what secrets Sandy Hook's Gunnison Beach has stashed up it's sleeve and it lies just off to itself and separated from the rest of the beach. Leave that old New York state of mind behind and head for the sunny shores of the Sandy Hook Unit on the weekends during the in-season via convenient ferries that leave right outside of Manhattan. Sandy Hook is known for a number of it's most popular attractions, like operating the oldest lighthouse in America, Fort Hancock. Check out the newly rehabilitated Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters for your own taste of rich historyOpen from seven in the morning until four in the afternoon every shiny summer's day from Memorial Day in May until the big Labor Day wrap up in June, Gunnison Beach continues to offer some of the most wholesome fun around:
•A free summer concert series
Environmentalist will love visiting the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory and taking a trek through the most expansive strecth of holly trees on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. And just a stone's throw away from Fort Hancock is Gunnison Beach, and it's safe to say that Gunnison is one beach that is known for operating another set of lights.
All About Gunnison Beach
Gunnison Beach is a clothing optional/nude beach situated smack dap in the middle of the seven mile beach run of the Sandy Hook Unit. And that's a little known history fact that makes Gunnison Beach pretty popular around this neck of Northern New Jersey, considering Gunnison Beach is the only nude beach in the entire state. When it comes to clothing-optional areas in the New York Metropolitan Area, Gunnison Beach is near the top of the list. All of which are facts that factor into piling more than five thousand visiting naturalist into Gunnison Beach each year.
Behaving At Gunnison Beach
Friends of Gunnison Beach, or FOG, as they are sometimes called, are an organization committed to upholding the integrity of Gunnison Beach without gapping mouths and scornful eyes. And that's why they've laid down a few ground rules for your next big trip to Gunnison Beach for the White Thorn Lodge's Volleyball Superbowl, the superb snack bar, the fantastic view of New York City just off in the distance, or just some good old sunbathing. Some rules to remember for having a great time at Gunnison Beach are:
•Gunnison Beach is not sexually oriented-nudity is optional, not required.
•There's a no trash policy at Gunnison Beach. Bring as many cans of pop as you please, but be prepared to lug those cans home at the end of the night. That also includes the butts of tobacco products.
•Glass containers are not allowed at Gunnison Beach.
•Drink responsibly. And please don't sing any showtunes after downing one too many Long Island Iced Teas, no one likes a Liza Minnelli impersonator.
•You must get designed before leaving the areas marked as clothing-optional.
•Please keep your hands-and other parts of your anatomy to yourself. While Gunniston Beach is all for full frontal nudity, sex on the beach is still illegal.
•Ask permission before videotaping or photographing anyone lounging on the beach.