Upon first arrival, the thin strip of beach that is Sea Bright appears almost Atlantean, a town having emerged from beneath the sea, presumably with some urgent message for the land. Flanked by the Shrewsbury River and Atlantic Ocean, a tail emanating from the shooting star of Sandy Hook, visitors are quick to discover that Sea Bright is indeed the small package good things come in. This potential was nearly missed, however. Sea Bright remained all but uninhabited until relatively recently. It was only in the late 1830s that fishermen began setting up shacks on the dunes, forming a small but hardy community called Nauvoo. Around the same time, developers sought to capitalize on the area’s twin beaches and easy fishing. Ocean House, the area’s first hotel, was opened in 1842. Fishermen and hoteliers alike both continued to prosper, prompting the state to build the Shrewsbury River’s first bridge in 1870, connecting Rumson to just above the very bottom of Sandy Hook. Now seamlessly integrated into the length of the Jersey Shore, Sea Bright separated from Ocean Township in 1889, becoming its own borough.

While still attracting scores of seasonal beach goers, Sea Bright has long since cultivated its own community. Suntanned locals join Jerseyans from all over at Sea Bright’s pristine beaches, both public and private, for waves, rays and stunning sunsets. Try any of the sumptuous offerings available at Sea Bright’s many restaurants or stop by Tommy’s Tavern and Tap for smaller fair and good drinks. Only minutes away from Highlands, Rumson, Red Bank and Long Branch, you’ll never miss a beat. When it’s over, retreat home to the ocean breeze which keeps Sea Bright crisp, cool and scented like vacation. Now’s your chance to live at the beach!

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