The side-by-side villages of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands are two distinct boroughs in Monmouth County. Both are equally attractive to cruisers and offer many amenities from services to attractions and top-notch marine facilities. The charming and unpretentious village of Atlantic Highlands is a great stop for cruisers transiting the coast and looking for a safe harbor to spend a night, a few days or even longer. The shoreside town has everything one might want or need in the way of dockage, anchorage, fuel, provisions, transportation and restaurants within a short walk from the harbor. Be sure to visit the Strauss Mansion built in 1893 by a wealthy New York merchant. The 21-room, Victorian-era, Queen Anne-style “cottage” offers stunning views from the third floor Tower Room. Open for free self-guided tours on Sunday afternoons (seasonal) at 27 Prospect Cir. (732-291-1861).
Highlands is the next stop to the south, where cruisers come to experience the area's long tradition of maritime heritage, as illustrated by the lighthouses and many coastal heritage trails. Self-guided and guided tours are available of the Twin Lights, a former lighthouse featuring two beacons with tower climbs, exhibits and panoramic ocean and harbor views 2 Lighthouse Rd. (732-872-1814).
Plan to spend several days exploring these waterfront retreats with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and New York City skyline. Better yet, take the SeaStreak Ferry directly to New York City. Runs daily from Atlantic Highlands and Highlands waterfronts (800-262-8743).
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