Belmar is one of the Jersey Shore's premiere beach destinations, with its mile-long coastline, and its attractive boardwalk with benches and flower beds. It's also considered one of the best surfing spots on the Eastern Seaboard.
Location: With the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Belmar is bounded by Lake Como to the south, Wall to the west and Avon to the north.
Size: One square mile
Belmar is French for "Beautiful Sea" (Belle Mer).
Explorer Henry Hudson, working for the Dutch in the 1600s, described some of the Jersey Shore in his ship's log. As his vessel, the Half Moon, passed the Shark River Inlet (the Lenni Lenape called it Nollectquest), Hudson described an inlet with hills in the distance.
In 1872, a group of 25 businessmen, calling themselves the Ocean Beach Association, purchased land and began selling shares in their communal enterprise for $500 each.
The association was incorporated by the State Legislature on March 13, 1873. The name Belmar was adopted on May 14, 1889, after town fathers flirted with and then abandoned the name Elco.
Highlights, activities, events
The borough has a mix of ornate Victorian homes and bungalows on tree-lined avenues.
Here, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band was named in 1973.
Belmar's downtown area, between the Shark River and 10th Avenue, is to be virtually rebuilt in coming years.
The Belmar Seaport Village redevelopment is designed to create a pedestrian-friendly, downtown commercial corridor with Victorian-style town homes and condominiums above its ground-floor storefronts.
The borough and neighboring Lake Como host one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parades in New Jersey.
Belmar is also home to the Children's Easter Show, Spring Kite Festival, lifeguard tournaments, New Jersey Seafood Festival, Sand Castle Contest, Belmar 5 Johnny Cobb Memorial Run, Firemen's Carnival, Fall Kite Festival and Fall Festival.
Jersey Shore Now.com