Manasquan is Located in
Monmouth New Jersey
Manasquan is a Borough in Monmouth County, New
Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough
population was 6,310.
The borough's name is of Lenni Lenape origin, Man -
A - Squaw - Han (stream of the Island of Squaws). Manasquan, Maniquan,
Mannisquan, Manasquam, Squan, and Squan Village are variations on the
original pronunciation and spelling. The meaning has also been
interpreted as "an island with enclosure for squans."
Manasquan was formed as a borough by an Act of the
New Jersey Legislature on December 30, 1887, from portions of Wall
Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Manasquan as its
22nd best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To
Live" in New Jersey.
Due to its location bordering the Atlantic Ocean,
the population of Manasquan increases dramatically in the summer months
as tourists flock to the beach.
The Manasquan Inlet provides surfers with waves
that are corralled, refracted and enlarged by the jetty protruding out
into the Atlantic Ocean. The Manasquan Inlet is the northern terminus of
the inland portion of the Intracoastal Waterway.
Manasquan also has a downtown area with many small
businesses. Algonquin Arts Theatre has shows and movies that play
throughout the year. It is a 540 seat historic theatre, built in 1938 as
a movie house but converted to a professional live performance space in
Manasquan is a year round community, a fact
stemming from the increase in the demolition of traditional beach
bungalows and their replacement with family dwellings. The decrease in
tourism and rise in residency can be attributed to the decline of once
popular tourist destinations. Manasquan no longer has a 24-hour diner,
miniature golf course, and has lost many of the bars once located in its
During the summer months, the local bar and party
scene overwhelm the area between Brielle Road and Main Street from the
bridges to the ocean, especially with local bars - Leggetts and The
Osprey - contributing greatly to the amount of party goers in the town.
The Firemans' Fair occurs every July/August.
Manasquan is home to The Cat Fanciers' Association
(CFA), the largest registry of pedigreed cats in the world.
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