Benefits of Living Near the Ocean 

Did you know that living by the ocean can improve both your physical and mental health? It’s true! And Green Meadows at Pleasant Plains in Toms River, NJ, is just a hop, skip, or quick drive to many oceanfront beaches, bayside beaches, and waterfront parks. If you’re looking for a fun thing to do, look no further.  

Living by the water promotes physical activity, like surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, boating, fishing, and more. All these activities improve your physical health, which can help improve your mental health. It can also improve your social interactions by meeting people at the beach, on the water, on the pier, etc. You get regular exposure to Vitamin D, which can reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and improve bone health. And the air is much cleaner by the sea, reducing your stress levels and boosting serotonin.  

Remember—there is often a fee to visit NJ beaches and please stay safe; swim when lifeguards are on duty and always swim in front of them.  

Nearby Beaches 

Seaside Heights

Within a short drive from Green Meadows at Pleasant Plains you’ll find several wonderful beaches. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly boardwalk with rides, arcades, and restaurants, or a state park beach that’s free of distractions, you’ll never be too far from relaxation, activity, and the soothing sound of the waves. Remember to check the hours of operation for each beach before you go!  

Family Friendly 

If you’re looking for family-friendly beaches with lots of activity on the boardwalk, Seaside Park and Seaside Heights are the closest oceanfront beaches to Green Meadows at Pleasant Plains. You’ll find a boardwalk full of activities, rides, arcades, restaurants, and more. The beach is vast and lined with experienced lifeguards who watch the beach and water with eagle eyes. If you’re looking for activities, this will be the beach for you.  

Quiet Relaxation 

A little further south from Seaside Park and Seaside Heights is Island Beach State Park. This is a long stretch of undeveloped land along the barrier island just east of Barnegat Bay. With the ocean on the east and dunes on the west, Island Beach State Park is a quiet stretch of land where you can set up for the day. There are dedicated swimming areas in front of lifeguards here. Not only is it great for swimming, but it’s also a great place for fishing, hiking, boating, kayaking, and birdwatching.  

Other Waterfront Areas 

There are great waterfront areas on the bay just east of Green Meadows at Pleasant Plains. Since there aren’t the same kind of waves on these beaches as the oceanfront beaches, these are great for small children or people who are not comfortable with ocean swimming.  Cattus Island County Park is part of the Ocean County Parks System. There, you can hike, learn about nature at the Cooper Environmental Center, visit the butterfly garden, suntan and swim along the bay, and so much more. Beachwood Beach and Ocean Gate Beach are both short stretches of bayside beach that are great for swimming, sun tanning, fishing off the pier, playing on the playground, and other fun waterfront activities.  

About Green Meadows at Pleasant Plains 

Green Meadows at Pleasant Plains offers 1- to 3-bedroom apartments and 2- to 3-bedroom townhomes that are great for families of all sizes. This exclusive, luxury-living rental community offers all the upgraded amenities you want – spacious floor plans, oversized closets, private outdoor space, quartz countertops, a breakfast bar, resident-controlled air conditioning and heating, and so much more. The community also includes electric vehicle charging stations, a clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, playground, and a swimming pool.