Overlooking Highlands Reach, Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beyond lies the beautiful coastal community of Highlands.

Protected by the barrier peninsula that is home to Gateway National Recreation Area’s Sandy Hook Unit, the waterways along Highlands’ shoreline offer numerous marinas for recreational boaters, sports fishermen and the Seastreak, which offers ferry service to New York City as well as sightseeing and eco-cruises. Back on land, The Twin Lights, originally constructed in 1828 and rebuilt in 1862, is a popular historic landmark that offers tours.

Beyond boating and touring excursions, visitors can bike along the coastline or explore and relax on Sandy Hook’s pristine beaches that span seven miles. Highlands also offers plenty of shopping and dining options. One of the most popular locations to grab a bite is Bahrs Landing Seafood Restaurant and Marina. The iconic business has been a staple in Highlands since 1917 and is renowned for their lobster. Another favorite eatery overlooking the waterfront is the Proving Ground.

If you would prefer to cook your own seafood feast in a Highlands vacation rental, the Lusty Lobster market has an extensive collection of fresh and delectable catches to please the palate of any dinner guest.

For more information on the history of Highlands, visit this page.