Sandy Hook from the top of Navesink Twin Lights, Highlands, New Jersey
Sandy Hook is highlighted on this mapSandy Hook is a barrier spit, approximately 9.7 kilometers (between 6 and 7 miles) in length and 800 meters (0.5 miles) (varying between 0.10 and 1 miles) wide, in Middletown Township in Monmouth County, along the Atlantic Ocean coast of eastern New Jersey in the United States. The barrier spit encloses the southern entrance of Lower New York Bay south of New York City. The Dutch called the area “Sant Hoek;” with the English “Hook” deriving from the Dutch “Hoek,” meaning “spit of land”.
North of Fort Hancock is an outpost of the United States Coast Guard. This area is administered by the Department of Homeland Security and is off-limits to the general public.
Sandy Hook is open year-round, but there is a parking fee during the summer months. As of 2008, there is no accommodation available on the hook itself, but there are hotels and bed in breakfasts in the area such as the Blue Bay Inn Boutique Hotel in Atlantic Highlands.