Finally, summer weather has come to New York and it’s time to open beach season here! My favorite beach around is Gunnison on Sandy Hook peninsula in New Jersey. I’ve written about it on multiple occasions already (just make a search on the site for other blogposts), but I have some nice photos to share from last year – in anticipation of yet another great beach time this summer!
The best way to get to Sandy Hook from New York City is by Seastreak ferry.
I used to post the discount coupons for it, but it seems there’s no need for it anymore. According to the ferry website, starting this year, with fist departure of the day, you always get a $30 return ticket to the beach (regular is $45).
A sad news is that there is no late departure from the beach anymore – the last ferry to the city is at 5:45pm, while it used to be 7:45pm – no more sunsets on the ferry? However, there is a shuttle to the late ferry departing from the town nearby. Update: the late ferry is back on the schedule!
The ocean water is probably still too cold to swim properly this weekend, but there are plenty of other activities to do on the beach! Volleyball is very popular at Gunnison beach, as expected from a naturist location.
But our favorite pastime last summer was acro-yoga.
It was great to see how engaging it was, as a few strangers joined,
while I was practicing acro-yoga with my friends David, Eddy, Antony and others. (Remember our spontaneous handstand class 3 years ago?)
Acro-yoga creates a great connection between the ‘flyer’ and the ‘base’,
and it’s even greater when done in the nude.
It’s quite an amazing experience,
if you do it in the open air, especially in a place like this beautiful beach
with Manhattan skyline in the background.
But we also experimented with a log as the base –
floating in the air yoga?
Probably the most entertaining acro-yoga pose is ‘the laughing dragon’ (you might remember some more pics of it from last year’s Burning Man post).
Well, the more participants the merrier!
So, Sandy Hook is a perfect place for socializing and getting your all-over tan!
PS Sandy Hook is also good for watching airplanes coming to NYC airports. Who can spot an airplane on one of the photos in this post? Where does it seem to be landing? 😉
PPS If you like to bring a lot of stuff with you to the beach, which can be difficult while walking on sand, you should support this campaign for funding of the extension of the matted walkway!
13 thoughts on “Fifteen shades of tan… on Sandy Hook beach”
I appreciate the inclusivity of all shades in the group photo. And as a yogi, I’m definitely looking forward to getting out to Sandy Hook this summer to join!
The last ferry out of Sandy Hook on weekends is at 7:45 PM. My friend just used it this past Sunday.
thanks! I see that Seastreak ferry schedule is updated accordingly! good news =)
great story and photos; I see “sixteen shades of tan” though … (lol), assuming you count(ed) the number of nudists on the first and last pictures!
you are totally right on all accounts 😉 I decided to use “fifteen” so that it would sound more similar to the famous book… and to test the attentiveness of my readers. I’m impressed!
I am excited to hit the beach 🙂
I can’t wait to hi the beach 🙂
Love it there — can’t wait to go !! Great pics !!
Fun! I love Gunnison!
Reblogged this on clothes free life.
4th picture from the bottom – on his butt.
First of all, AWESOME post and pictures! I especially love the first one, that illustrates the theme of the post “15 shades of tan”. And, how jealous I am of the ability of some to do awesome yoga poses! Not only keeping fit, but limber too!
I’m guessing LaGuardia for the inbound airplane 🙂