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The borough is a popular summer resort, with many beachfront motels and hotels. The Point Pleasant Canal runs through the center of town, where it empties into the Manasquan River. The canal was built in 1834 to provide passage for boats traveling from inland lakes to coastal waters. It has since been enlarged and now provides access for recreational boating as well as serving as an aquatic preserve for various species of fish including striped bass, bluefish and tautog (blackfish). According to the United States Census Bureau, Point Pleasant borough had a total area of 2.839 square miles (7.307 km), including 2.