Everyone always seems to flock to the beaches to see the sunrise. It's a talked about tradition that makes it seem like it's a necessity for everyone at some point in their lives.

And I agree, it is an amazing experience. I've done it, and I wrote about it on nj1015.com.

What people don't talk enough about though is how amazing the beach is at night. I've gotten into a habit of trying to go at least once a week during the 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. hours when it's still light out but the sun isn't as brutal. And let me tell you it's equally as peaceful as the early morning sunrise.

☀️ First of all, predictably, the beach isn't as crowded as it is during the day. Sure, there are still people there, but instead of seeing thousands of people around you on the beach, you might only see 40 to 50 in your general area.

Autumn sunrise at the beach with grass and a dune fence in the foreground
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☀️ The weather is so much better at this time of day too. The 1 p.m. heat has worn off and when you couple that with the beach breeze it makes for some comfortable chair sitting.

☀️ If you want to go in the water guess what... you still can! It won't have cooled off enough to feel cold. The lifeguards will be off-duty so swim at your own risk.

☀️ You'll also be able to find great parking because the beach will be so empty. Forget about having to park five blocks down the road, you might be able to get front row parking.

☀️ If you don't like the feeling of having sunscreen all over your body at the beach, fear not because you won't be getting any sunburn this late in the day.

So check it out for yourself. Try going to the beach after work. You'll find it's an awesome experience.

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Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5's Kyle Clark. Any opinions expressed are his own.

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