When asked, “What is so special about LBI?” the most popular response is “the beach!”
LBI not only boasts some of the East Coast’s finest beaches, each area of LBI is unique in its own way. From Barnegat Light, where the beaches are peaceful and wide, and the landscape is covered with scrubby pines, beach plum, and bayberry plants, to Holgate’s fluffy sandy beaches and inviting dunes. In between, you will find the day-tripper’s beaches of choice in Surf City, Ship Bottom, and Long Beach Township because of their ease of access from the bridge.
If the more serene pace of the bay beach is more to your liking, you are sure to find numerous options as well. Be sure to catch a sunset view from Harvey Cedars’ Sunset Park, or zip around on watercraft from the many bayfront marinas up and down LBI.
Regardless of your LBI beach of choice, it is sure to be a place that meets the needs of big groups as well as those seeking peaceful down time.
*please note that street parking is free on LBI, and that each town has its own beach badge that is required for beach access during lifeguard hours.
Long Beach Township comprises the largest portion of LBI up and down its 18 miles of beaches. With this brings a variety of settings in which to enjoy a daytrip or longer stay. From the peacefulness and privacy of Loveladies and North Beach to the boater’s-dream access to lagoons and the bay in High Bar Harbor, to the more bustling areas between Brant Beach and North Beach Haven, a visit to Long Beach Township is sure to exceed your expectations of a vacation at the Jersey Shore.
LBT includes the areas of: Beach Haven Crest, Beach Haven Gardens, Beach Haven Inlet, Beach Haven Park, Beach Haven Terrace, Brant Beach, Brighton Beach, Haven Beach, High Bar Harbour, Holgate, Loveladies, North Beach, North Beach Haven, Peahala Park, South Beach Haven, Spray Beach and The Dunes
Ship Bottom is known as the “Gateway To Long Beach Island” because of its convenient location at the foot of the only bridge onto the Island. A popular destination for day-trippers because of its ease of access, Ship Bottom also hosts numerous hotel and private rental accommodations for those looking to be centrally located amongst all LBI has to offer. Looking to launch a personal watercraft or boat? Be sure to make your way to the Ship Bottom boat ramp at 11th Street and the Bay for a day on the water. This same boat ramp also hosts evening concerts throughout the summer as well. Ship Bottom is also home to LBI’s annual Christmas Parade in early December.
Barnegat Light is situated on the northern tip of Long Beach Island. We are a quaint, family oriented seashore town. We have something to offer to everyone. The Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is a popular destination for climbing the lighthouse, picnicking and fishing. We offer beautiful spacious beaches, excellent surf fishing, bay fishing and crabbing. We offer several recreation areas, including tennis courts, a skate park, dog park and basketball court.
Another centrally located portion of LBI, Surf City is a highly popular destination for daytrippers and extended vacationers alike. Surf City’s “Boulevard” section of town boasts endless shopping and restaurants, making a stroll down the street sure to please! Its robust beaches make for a great day at the shore, topped off with a drink at a local pub, your favorite ice cream cone, or a relaxing conversation amongst friends at a local coffeehouse.
Surf City also hosts a great bay beach for the little ones looking to take a dip in a more low key environment. And for the bigger kids at heart, access to the bay via its marinas is a great option for those with watercraft in tow. For those looking to rent a place for an extended stay, Surf City is a viable option for those looking for the right balance of convenient access with a measure of privacy as well.
Located towards the northern end of LBI, Harvey Cedars is a wonderfully quaint town with attractive beaches and numerous options for summer stay accommodations, providing a quieter setting for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Be sure to visit Sunset Park for a beautiful sunset view and a weekly concert, or check out the many eateries in its downtown walking area.
Harvey Cedars is also home to a popular Christian retreat and conference center that attracts visitors and conference attendees throughout a good portion of the year.
Enjoy summer water sports, basketball and volleyball courts, a free playground, and free weekly family activities, concerts and special events. The guarded Bayview Park beaches are also available for those who want to swim in calm, shallow waters (LBT beach badges are required). Bayview Park, located on 68th Street in Brant Beach, has bathroom facilities and Free Parking. The park is a Green Acres park that provides a backdrop for a variety of individual and family oriented activities, including windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, seining and kayaking.
Beach Haven is located towards the southern end of LBI. While the beach is certainly the anchor of each town on LBI, Beach Haven is also known for its vast shopping villages and plethora of nightlife options. It is home to some of LBI’s many delicious restaurants as well. If you are looking for the more “hopping” part of LBI, Beach Haven is your place.
For more information on Beach Haven tourism and beach badges, call 609-492-6262 or visit http://www.visitbeachhaven.com