Keyport has it all! Waterfront promenade, walkable to town, walkable to NYC bus, minutes to the train or ferry, great diversity, amazing Victorian houses restored and redone, fantastic town events like historic Keyport house walks during the holidays, Halloween haunted house, free concerts every week in the summer, a festival in town almost every other weekend, Zagat rated restaurants (Drew's Bistro is amazing), and more. I love living here. It's truly a diamond in the rough and it's the best kept secret of the Bayshore. If you love boats, this is the place to be when the Yacht Club hosts its Sailboat regatta.
All of this with no shore traffic because you are 15 minutes from the "real" beach.
Hope that helps!