trances, and beach
chairs are available for
people with disabilities. Clean public rest-rooms can be found at Newark, LaReine,
Third and Evergreen avenues, and changing rooms at Cliff and Third avenues.
Showers are located all along the beach.
Feel like hanging ten? The beach
between Third and Fifth avenues is
reserved for surfers. Summertime Surf
( summertimesurf.com) sets up shop in
Bradley and other neighboring towns,
schooling kids and adults alike on wave
riding (story, page 39). If fishing is more
your speed, the jetties at Lake Terrace,
Park Place, Brinley Avenue and Second
Avenue are favorite spots for anglers.
The boardwalk’s chief attraction,
Shipwreck Island Mini Golf (
brad-leybeachminigolf.com), punctuates its
colorful layout with humorous touches.
A moored vessel, spouting water from
its hull, sports the name S. S. Sandy. The
nautical theme is a nod to Bradley’s rich
history: Legend has it that Captain William Kidd anchored on these shores in
1679, burying his treasure somewhere
along what is now Brinley Avenue.
Boardwalk concessions include Hula
Grill, where grass-thatched umbrellas set
the mood, and breakfast sandwiches, fish
tacos and fresh-squeezed lemonade satisfy
cravings. Shore Break Grill offers burgers, fries and more.
For a break from the beach, walk the
half-mile to Main Street, admiring the
town’s attractive variety of homes as well
as pretty Sylvan Lake, where you might
spot ducks or a crane taking flight.
Main Street has plenty to offer, especially if you’re hungry. The Buttered Biscuit (700 Main Street), a favorite breakfast
haunt (story, page 64), also serves lunch
all day. Del Ponte’s Bakery (600 Main
Street), just down the block, tempts with
classic Italian-style treats, including exceptional cannolis and tricolor cookies.
The brightly painted walls and surfing
murals at Fin’s Tropicali Cuisine ( 120
Main Street) radiate the joy of summer.
The menu features tacos, burritos and
“finchiladas”—mixed-fish platters served
with rice and beans. The Local Plate
($11.99) showcases Pacific influences,
with an island-spiced cod served with
pineapple pico and sweet plantains. A Caribbean vibe prevails at Blue Marlin (714
Main Street), with its authentic Jamaican cuisine (review, page 108).
Good Italian food abounds. Vic’s
Bar and Italian Restaurant ( 60 Main
Street), a Bradley Beach institution for
four generations, makes its own pizza
sauce. Order a large, small or mini pie
and grab a seat on the patio. For plentiful
pasta, meat and seafood, try Giamano’s
(301 Main Street). The family-owned
restaurant hosts live music several nights
a week, and an organic market with lo-
cally sourced produce from 11 AM to 4 PM
Wednesdays beginning in June.
No day at the beach is complete without dessert. In Bradley, head for Beach
Plum Ice Cream (420 Main Street), with
its inviting retro look, shaded patio and
Bradley doesn’t exactly throb with
nightlife, but it does keep visitors entertained. You can catch a movie at Bradley Beach Cinema ( 110 Main Street), a
90-year-old institution that still presents just one screen. Or knock down
some pins at Bradley Beach Bowl and
Recreation (1217 Main Street), which
defies the retro ethos with laser lighted
lanes. Thirsty adults can grab beer
towers from the neighboring Ground
Back at the beach, the gazebo pops
on summer concert nights. Beginning
July 6 from 7 to 9: 30 PM, Mondays feature Opera by the Sea; Tuesdays offer
country music and dance; and Saturdays are Date Night, with music under
the stars. Two additional Saturday-night shows—A Tribute to Elvis (July
18) and a Strictly ’60s Concert (August
1)—will take place on Main Street in
Riley Park, both at 7 PM. ;
A DAY IN THE SUN
From left: A young guest bounces down the inflatable slide.
Mike Petrie, of Westfield, chows down on a lobster roll, Lobsterfest’s signature treat. Inset: a sign for Shipwreck Island
Mini Golf, a colorful attraction that sits right on the beach.
WHERE TO STAY
THE SANDCASTLE INN
204 Third Avenue
7 This lovely inn tops the short list
of lodging options in Bradley Beach.
The six rooms and two suites have
whimsical names like Sweet Violets
and Country Cottage, but the best attraction is the spacious porch, where
the rocking chairs are inviting and the
sound of crashing waves (a block and
a half away) is enticing. High-season
rates: $155 weekdays-$305 weekends.