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Sunny Day at Gunnison Beach
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Gunnison Beach, Sandy Hook, NJ

Gunnison Beach is one of several beaches that are part of the Gateway National Recreation Area in northern New Jersey, located on Sandy Hook, a six-mile-long peninsula across from the entrance to New York Harbor. Sandy Hook is known for exceptional beaches, wildlife, and fishing. Gunnison Beach, overlooked by the historic Sandy Hook Lighthouse, has dramatic views of lower Manhattan and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Nearly two miles of Gunnison Beach is legally recognized as clothing-optional, with official signs and full lifeguard and police protection; it is the largest clothing-optional beach on the Atlantic coast of the US, and draws more than 5,000 visitors per day on most sunny summer weekends.

News for 2002

Beach Directions

Even the nicest clothing-optional beach isn't much good to you if you don't know how to get there, so here are maps and directions! (Will this be your first visit to a clothing-optional location? You might want to read my Intro to Naturism including the Q&A if you haven't had a chance to already. --JMF)

Other Online Map Resources

Click here to see a map of: Gunnison Beach and Fort Hancock area
[MapBlast: Gunnison Beach]

Tip: When using mapping or "driving directions" services such as Mapquest, try entering either "Fort Hancock, NJ" or "Navesink Beach, NJ" as the destination city, with no street address. Fort Hancock is located within the Gateway National Recreation Area on the Sandy Hook peninsula, a bit northwest of Gunnison Beach; typing in "Navesink Beach" puts you on Route 36 very slightly south of the park entrance.

Gunnison Beach Weather

Trip Reports

  • [New]May 16, 1999  "Spring Conditions"
  • [New]May 31, 1999  Includes a stay at the Marriott Courtyard, Tinton Falls
  • Future Report
Highlands, NJ 7-day Weather Channel Forecast

Other Online Gunnison Beach References

Here are some other Gunnison Beach pages and online articles:
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