Hit The Showers

One of the more interesting things about the Jersey Shore are the outdoor showers. Every beach house has an outdoor shower room in which vacationers can wash of the sand and salt of a day’s fun at the beach. It keeps them from dragging the sand all through the house 1. Growing up my family used to head down to my Grandfather’s beach house in Avalon, NJ 2. The shower room there was on the ground, and you could reach its roof via the back door landing. From this roof we used to attempt to pour buckets of cold water on my father’s head as exited the shower. It’s one of my fondest childhood memories 3.

While we were at Harvey Cedars I wondered if the conference center had this staple of the Jersey Shore anywhere on the premises. It turns out they did, but only half way. The true Jersey Shore shower is an enclosed booth in which a bather can disrobe, wash, and change. Harvey Cedars’ booths are more just a spot to wash off the more egregious build up of sand and salt before you can take a real shower.

For some reason I don’t think anyone was going to be using Harvey Cedar’s outdoor showers during my visit.

An outdoor shower at the Jersey Shore
Panasonic Lumix G7 with 25mm lens • ISO 400 • ƒ/5.6 • 1/160 sec

  1. Though, really, it only minimizes it. Sand is kind of what it means to be down the shore. 
  2. Before it became a land of huge mansions. 
  3. I tried to explain outdoor showers when I was sojourning in Massachusetts, people looked at me like I had two heads.