Prior to European colonization, this coastal area was home to the native Lenape people. The Point Pleasant Beach area was first noticed by European colonists in the early 1600s when Henry Hudson's famed expedition passed through the area. However, white settlers did not officially settle in this area until the next century, when farmers began to establish homesteads. Point Pleasant's tourist industry followed soon after with the opening of the first boarding house in the early 1800s. The Borough of Point Pleasant Beach was formally established at the end of that century, marking the town's official beginning.
Annual Seafood Festiv
Held in September, Point Pleasant Beach's annual Festival of the Sea is a community event that takes place during that perfect time of year when tourist season has pretty much wound down, but the weather is still nice, making it a favorite for locals. This event is a Point Pleasant Beach tradition, taking place every September since 1975. The festival is focused on seafood, with local restaurants serving up items like lobster bisque and crab cakes. Even if you do not or cannot eat seafood, there will be plenty for you to do, see, and eat at the Festival of the Sea.