The town is known for its old and beautiful Victorian houses and the new multi-million dollar homes located throughout the neighborhood. Monmouth Beach is one square mile, with the ocean to the east and the Shrewsbury River to the north west. The ferry route to New York City is a 5-10 minute drive to Atlantic Highlands / Highlands.
Monmouth Beach is surrounded by other communities such as Sea Bright and Rumson, and the newly redeveloped Long Branch. Places to go within the area are Pier Village in Long Branch, Red Bank, and the numerous beaches all along the shore towns to the north and south.
Monmouth Beach offers fishing, as well as reasonably good surfing waves. The Shrewsbury River which borders the town offers sailing, kayaking, and fishing.
Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Shrewsbury River, Monmouth Beach has a history that dates way back to 1668, when the land, including Sea Bright, was purchased by Eliakim Wardell. A few hundred years later, in 1842, the property was in the hands of Wardell's great-grandson, Henry. Henry sold one of the lots to the U.S. Life Saving Service, and the rest, in 1865, to Arthur V. Conover of Freehold. Mr. Conover purchased the land from Wardell for just $5.00 an acre, and soon after sold lots for $100.00 an acre.