BELMAR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — It’s a weekend of fun in the sand and the sun as hundreds head to the shore this holiday weekend.
Friday was picture perfect beach weather with water temperatures around 70 degrees and air temperatures in the upper 70s.
“It is great to see all the people out,” Avon by the Sea resident Phil Michele told CBS2’s Christine Sloan. “We are having a lot of fun and we have fireworks tonight at Bradley Beach.”
“It is pretty warm,” said Pennsylvania resident Matt Bartie. “Last time I came here, it was 50 degrees and freezing.”
Beachgoers were also playing ball on the sand with a new game called Spikeball.
“So it is kind of fun,” said Belmar resident Joe Lacerda. “It is awesome.”
The crowds were so big along the Jersey Shore, no more cars were being allowed into Sandy Hook Beach inside Gateway National Park, Sloan reported.
Despite being packed, there was still plenty of room on the beach in Belmar.
Belmar has come back strong since Superstorm Sandy. Howard Edeman, 78, lives in Hawaii, but spends his summers here.
“You get a little island fever after eight months there so there is a sense of community here,” he said.
But before you head to the shore, authorities want to make sure you and your family are safe on the water.
In New Jersey, poison control officials are telling beach goers to watch out for jellyfish-like creatures called Portuguese man o’ war. They’ve been spotted down the shore, including in Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island.