Not Sure Where To Stay on LBI? Check Out Our Guide!

Do you like Peace & Quiet? Hustle & Bustle? Or Maybe A Little Of Both?

Don’t worry! We’re here to help you identify which of the 6 municipalities on Long Beach Island is the best for your trip. Check out these bios below for a detailed description of each!


Barnegat Light – North End

Located on the north end of Long Beach Island, Barnegat Light is one of the most unique places on our island. Known for its quaint and peaceful environment, Barnegat Light boasts the widest beaches on LBI, one of the busiest commercial seafood ports on the East Coast, and a very popular tourist attraction – the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. If you are looking for some peace and quiet, wide streets to bicycle on, and beaches with open space, Barnegat Light is a must-see!

Key Spots:

  • Viking Village
  • Barnegat Light State Park
  • Barnegat Light Museum

For more information on Barnegat Light tourism, call 609-494-9196 or visit Discover Barnegat Light.


Beach Haven – South End

Beach Haven is located towards the southern end of Long Beach Island. If you are looking for a more “hopping” part of LBI or some interesting historical architecture, this is where you’ll find it. Beach Haven is known for its many shopping, dining, and nightlife options.

Key Spots:

  • NJ Maritime Museum
  • Long Beach Island Museum
  • Downtown Shopping Area (Bay Village, Schooner’s Wharf, Surflight Theatre)
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park

For more information on Beach Haven, call 609-492-6262 or visit


Harvey Cedars – North End

Located towards the northern end of LBI, Harvey Cedars is a wonderful town with attractive beaches and numerous options for summer accommodations, providing a quieter setting for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. Be sure to visit Sunset Park for weekly concerts as wells as the exceptional 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 the year.

Key Spots:

  • Sunset Park
  • Harvey Cedars Bible Conference
  • Summer Craft Shows

For more information on Harvey Cedars tourism and beach badges, call 609-361-6000 or visit


Long Beach Township – Across the Island

Long Beach Township comprises the largest parts of LBI, with various different portions located throughout the 18-mile stretch of beaches. This expansiveness brings a variety of settings in which to enjoy a day trip or a longer stay. From the peacefulness and privacy of Loveladies and North Beach to the convenient boat access 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.

Key Spots:

  • Holgate
  • High Bar Harbor
  • Spray Beach
  • North Beach
  • Haven Beach
  • Brant Beach
  • Loveladies

For more information on Long Beach Township tourism and beach badges, call 609-361-1000 or visit


Ship Bottom – Centrally Located

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. Although it is a popular destination for day-trippers, Ship Bottom also hosts numerous hotels and private rental accommodations for visitors 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.

Key Spots:

  • Waterfront Park & Crabbing and Fishing Pier
  • Bay Beach
  • Purple Martin Colony at Sunset Point Gazebo
  • 4th Street Remembrance Park

For more information on Ship Bottom tourism and beach badges, call 609-494-2171 or visit


Surf City – Centrally Located

Surf City is another centrally located, highly popular portion of LBI, perfect for daytrippers and extended vacationers alike.  The “Boulevard” section of town boasts endless shopping and restaurants, making a stroll down the street sure to please! Surf City also hosts a great bay beach for the little ones to take a dip in a more low key environment. For those looking to rent a place for an extended stay, Surf City is a viable option for travelers seeking the right balance of convenient access with a measure of privacy as well.

Key Spots:

  • Bay Beach Area
  • Downtown Shopping Area
  • Yacht Club & Boat Access
  • Zachriae Recreation Area

For more information on Surf City tourism and beach badges, call 609-494-3064 or visit or

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