Asbury Park

The Jersey Shore has become the hottest new destination for gays and lesbians looking for a great summer weekend getaway at the beach or a charming Victorian turn-of-the-century downtown shopping district anytime of year. Just one hour (55 miles) from New York City are some of the best beaches and one of the most prominent gay friendly communities on the east coast. Asbury Park hosts 4 bars catering to lesbians and gay men within its one square mile and they’re all within a few blocks of the beach. Once known as the “Duchess of the Jersey Shore,” its fine Victorian homes, wide avenues and parks fascinate the large crowds that visit during the summer. Now rainbow flags fly from just about every fifth residence. Like Miami Beach before it, this once grand resort town is being resurrected by a pioneering band of gay men and lesbians. Asbury Park’s mile long boardwalk adds to its downtown atmosphere.

The downtown of Asbury Park is humming with restoration projects, as a flurry of new shops and restaurants prepare to make it their home. Over on the beachfront, Convention Hall and the Paramount Theater are alive with concerts, operas, sporting events and more. And the legendary Stone Pony is rocking with exciting lineups of live music. Best of all, record numbers of visitors (many of them from Manhattan) are buying -- and restoring -- fabulous historic homes as weekend retreats or as year 'round residences.

So spread your beach chair on the virtual sand, and take a leisurely tour of the best that Asbury Park has to offer.

Hotels

  • Berkeley Ocean Front Hotel, The
  • 1401 Ocean Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.berkeleyhotelnj.com
  • 732-776-6700 or 888-GOTBED8
  • Hotel Tides
  • 408 Seventh Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.hoteltides.com
  • 732-897-7744
  • Majestic Hotel, The (& Bia a European Bistro)
  • 19 Main Avenue
    Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
  • Website: www.majesticoceangrove.com
  • 732-775-6100
  • Melrose, The
  • 34 Seaview Avenue
    Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
  • Website: www.melroseog.com
  • 800-378-9004 or 732-774-5404

Bars

  • Georgies Bar & Grill
  • 812 5th Avenue & Memorial
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.georgiesbar.com
  • 732-988-1220
  • Hotel Tides
  • 408 Seventh Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.hoteltides.com
  • 732-897-7744

Shops

  • Aww Mama Productions
  • 00000
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: awwmama.com
  • Candyteria
  • 800 Ocean Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.candyteria.com
  • 732-988-1122
  • DJ's Delights
  • 626 Mattison Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: djsinap.com
  • 732-866-1100
  • Etc.
  • 653 Cookman Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712-7103
  • Website: www.etcforu.com
  • 732-502-0711
  • Heaven Art and Antiques
  • 721 Cookman Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712-7007
  • 732-774-4799
  • Hotel Tides Spa
  • 408 Seventh Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.hoteltides.com
  • 732-897-7744
  • Il Pavone Gelateria & Caff
  • 539 Cookman Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.ilpavonegelato.com
  • 732-445-3373
  • John C. Conover Agency
  • 200 Main Street
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.conovernj.com
  • 732-897-9200
  • Kathleen D Sailing Catamaran
  • www.kathleend.net
    Sandy Hook, NJ 07733
  • Website: www.kathleend.net
  • 732-739-6765
  • Lightly Salted Surf Mercado
  • 1000 Ocean Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: surfmercado.com
  • 732-455-3460
  • Madison Marquette
  • 1100 Asbury Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: apboardwalk.com
  • 732-897-6500
  • Posh Den
  • 3rd Avenue Pavilion
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.poshden.com
  • 732-455-3284
  • Shelter Home
  • 704 Cookman Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.shelterhome.com
  • 732-774-7790
  • TAO Massage
  • 611 Bangs Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: taomassage.com
  • 732-775-1550
  • Vail Realty
  • 701 Mattison Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.123vail.com
  • 732-776-8245
  • Vail Realty
  • 701 Mattison Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.123vail.com
  • 732-776-8245

Attractions

  • Kathleen D Sailing Catamaran
  • www.kathleend.net
    Sandy Hook, NJ 07733
  • Website: www.kathleend.net
  • 732-739-6765
  • Silverball Museum
  • 1000 Ocean Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: silverballmuseum.com
  • 732-774-4994
  • The Showroom Independent Cinema
  • 708 Cookman Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: www.theshowroomap.com
  • 732-502-0472
  • The Showroom Independent Cinema Theater
  • 708 Cookman Avenue
    Asbury Park, NJ 07712
  • Website: theshowroomap.com
  • 732-502-0472