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Mantoloking

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40° 2' 11.903" N   /   74° 2' 58.910" W

MANTOLOKING

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There are two distinct images that come to mind when thinking of Mantoloking— certainly, following Route 35 past opulent mansion after opulent mansion on this thread of land is the most common thought; a clear glimpse of the upper crust of Jersey Shore living.

There's also the unforgettable images of this community in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The Mantoloking Bridge plunged from the mainland into the ocean, with the sea and bay joining over top of the land. Home after home here were completely demolished, and it was one of the most stark bits of footage as helicopters surveyed the damage from the storm.

Jerseyans are resilient as hell, though, and it wasn't long before efforts to restore the town were underway. While there are still a handful of mega-mansions under construction, by and large the town as regained its glory and provenance.

While it might seem like anything resembling an ocean view is reserved for homeowners facing the Atlantic, there is just one public access point to give us a chance to dip our toes in the ocean without being shooed away by a gold-plated broom.