Home>Sandy Hook N.J. Photography Hot Spot
Sandy Hook is a great all around photography location. There is a $15.00 parking fee during the beach season. We like to go before or after the season to avoid the crowds and the fee. The beaches will be full in the summer months, but the birding areas and lighthouse area of the park won’t be packed.
This is a sunrise/sunset location. You can get a view of the sunset to the west over the water with the colors reflecting quickly at this area. That’s harder to do in N.J.in the northern or central part of the state. It’s good for sunrise as all of the N.J. beaches are. You can get some dynamic rocks in the foreground here. We always like foreground material in the pictures. This helps the overall composition. You won’t get any docks in your pictures, but you can see the NYC skyline from this area. Take a hike up the lighthouse stairs for a tour and get some cool shots here.
The old Gunnison barracks are pretty cool to photograph from the outside while it lasts. We have heard they are being sold for $1,000 a piece to those who will sign a contract for renovation.
There are a few birds here. We got our snowy owl here in the winter time. There are osprey nests at the end of the island right before the lighthouse on the left when traveling north. There is a parking lot across the street from this area. It’s the last parking lot on the right of the main road before it starts to fork and wind at the lighthouse.
Food: There are some food stands in the area by the crowds near the beach. Be prepared to park and walk and stand in line here. If you are there for photography, I would highly recommend bringing snacks and water to avoid the madness of the crowded sections.
Visitors Center – 732- 872-5970
Parking Fee: $15.00 per car Memorial Day through Labor Day
The Inlet Side of the island is Dog-Friendly, but there is no food on this side.