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  • Barnegat Light, (609) 494-9196
  • Beach Haven, (609) 492-0111
  • Harvey Cedars, (609) 494-2843
  • Long Beach Township, (609) 361-1000 (includes:) 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 / The Dunes
  • Ship Bottom, (609) 494-2171
  • Surf City, (609) 494-3064

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Barnegat Light (609) 494-9196
30th to Fourth Streets Costs: Preseason rate up to and including June 15 is $25.00. After June 15 $35.00 Weekly is $20.00 Daily $5.00 Any badges purchased
on the Beach Front are $1.00 more.  Badges purchased at the Beach Badge Booth
 on West 11th Street have no sur charge.

    Beaches are easier to reach in the southern stretch of town, 22nd Street through 30th Street. All of the family-oriented beaches can be reached from all side streets. Follow the pathways and stay clear of dunes.

    Also available are several "beach wheels," wheelchairs. Handicap parking is at Ninth and 29th Streets.

    Parking is allowed on all side streets, with restricted areas marked. There is a parking lot at the Bay Beach, a shallow bathing and sandy playground for younger children, at 25th Street and Bayview Avenue. Lifeguards keep watch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on beaches between 30th and 10th Streets.

    Restrooms can be found at the 10th Street and Bayview Avenue boat ramp and at Barnegat Light State Park. There is no beach at the state park, and bathing is not allowed. There are no bathhouses in town.

    Food and alcohol are prohibited on the beach. Dogs also are prohibited May 1 through Oct 1. Places to eat can be found in the business district, drive westward from the beaches to the Boulevard and Broadway. Volleyball nets are posted periodically along the beaches from 10th Street on. The West 10th Street recreation area boasts two basketball courts, three tennis courts and playground equipment.

    Go to the Barnegat Light Community Guide.
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Beach Haven (609) 492-0111

    12th Street to Nelson Avenue Costs: Seasonal badges purchased up to June 25 are $30.00; seasonal badges purchased after June 25 are $40.00.  Weekly badges are $20.00 and daily badges are $5.00.  The Borough mails out receipts for mail orders for seasonal badges at the pre-season rate.  Order forms are available on our website – www.beachhaven-nj.gov.  Mail orders for badges at the pre-season rate must be postmarked no later than June 25.  Bring receipt with you when picking up badges.  Beach badges are no longer sold at the Centre Street pavilion.  Season badges are only available at the Borough Hall Beach Badge Office, 300 Engleside Avenue.  Weekly and daily badges are not available by mail but may be obtained at the Borough Hall Beach Badge Office and on the beach from beach badge checkers beginning June 26.  Badges will be required from June 26 through Labor Day.  Borough Hall Beach Badge Office hours beginning May 1 are Monday through Friday – 9AM to 4PM and weekends from 9AM to 1PM. 

    The borough is home to many who are sand and surf-minded families, surfers and party-seekers during the summer months. It is called the "Queen City, Six miles at Sea." Here vacationers can walk downtown to restaurants, shopping plazas and most attractions.

    The beach is accessible from any street end. Parking goes fast. There are public parking lots along the bayfront, near the Bay Village shopping plaza, on Taylor Avenue and on Dock Road. Parking also is available on Centre Street, Engleside Avenue and Coral Street.

    The borough has four beach wheelchairs, and there is a handicap ramp on the Centre Street oceanfront deck. Dogs, alcoholic beverages and picnics are prohibited on the beach although a small sandwich is all right. Take a break at the Pearl and Fifth street public pavillions. There are restrooms near the Centre Street oceanfront deck. Also restrooms are located by the bayfront on Dock Road and in Schooner's Wharf and the Bay Village area (Taylor Ave.). Also at Pearl St. and Bay Ave. (by the tennis courts).The borough has no public bath houses.

    Go to the Beach Haven Community Guide.
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    Harvey Cedars (609) 494-2843

    Williams Street to 86th Street Costs: $20.00 Pre-season rate from May 1 - June 15 $30.00 for seasonal after June 15 $15.00 weekly, $5.00 daily, $9.00 senior seasonal available starting June 19 w/ proof of age 65+ Children under 12 are free. Badges are on sale at Borough Hall, 76th Street and Long Beach Boulevard. During the season, which officially begins June 21, badges also will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the recreation center on Salem Avenue.

    The beach is accessible from all street ends. Parking is permitted on most side streets except where posted. Parking also is available at the bayfront park and recreation center. The family-oriented community is frequented by one-day visitors and seasonal vacationers. Playground equipment, volleyball, baseball, boccie and a paved fitness track are available, as are restrooms which include an outdoor shower. Handicap ramp access to the beach is at Mercer Avenue and 80th Street; there is one handicap parking space at each street end there. Call borough officials at (609) 361-9733 to reserve one of the borough's two adult-size or one child-size beach wheelchairs.

    Bay bathing suitable for small children can be found at 77th Street in the borough. Shopping and places to eat are concentrated along Long Beach Boulevard.

    Go to the Harvey Cedars Community Guide.
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    Long Beach Township (609) 361-1000

    Beach Haven Crest / Beach Haven Gardens / Beach Haven Inlet / Beach Haven Park / Beach Haven Terrace / Brant Beach / Brighton Beach / Haven Beach / Holgate / Loveladies / North Beach / North Beach Haven / Peahala Park / South Beach Haven / Spray Beach / The Dunes 

Costs: The rates for Long Beach Township Beach Badge's for the season are as follows. Season badges bought before June 15 are $30 and after June 15 $40.00. Daily badges are $5.00 and weekly are $20.00. Seasonal tags for people over 65 are $5 when proof of age is submitted. Lifetime badges honored. Children under 12 are free. Badges are on sale Beach Badge Office on 68th Street in Brant Beach.
The township's 12 miles of divided beach -- spanning two-thirds of the Long Beach Island coastline -- account for 10 percent of the Jersey shoreline's 122 miles of sandy beach. The township has a beach patrol of 169 lifeguards who guard beaches from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From June 21 through Sept. 1, two lifeguards are stationed at each of the townships' 52 beaches.

    Bay beaches are available for those who want to swim in calm, shallow waters. Bayview Park, located on 68th Street in Brant Beach, has bathroom facilities. Another bay beach is located at Beach Haven Terrace on New Jersey Avenue and 131st Street. Summer windsurfing is available at Brant Beach bay area. A seasonal fee is required.

    Access the beach via more than 160 street ends. The beaches are family-oriented, with many vacationers driving in from Philadelphia or New York. The beaches are more or less flat and broad at the southern end, falling off more quickly at the northern end. And the township's southern section is more commercialized than North Beach and Loveladies in the secluded northern end.

    Restrooms are located in two other areas: Holgate on the far southern end; and at Harbor South in Loveladies. Park at Bayview Park or alternate side-street parking, which takes effect in the summer months. Handicap parking and ramps are available in almost all sections of the township. Also, parking is available in the Holgate section municipal lot, near the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, for a small charge. The park is closed through August due to the nesting of endangered birds.

    Wooden benches offer a bay view in the High Bar Harbor section and at many bayfront street ends.

    Go to the Long Beach Township Community Guide.
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    Ship Bottom (609) 494-2171

    South Third Street to 31st Street Costs: Season badges are $30 until May 31; $40 afterward. Weekly badges are $20, daily badges are $7 . Adults age 65 and older receive a badge for $10 (which can be used at any time); children under 12 do not badges. Badges may be purchased at Borough Hall, 17th Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, and from badge checkers on the beach.

    This is a family-oriented beach. Traffic heats up with the summer season; park for up to an hour on oceanfront side streets, all day on bayside streets. Parking also is available at the plaza between 18th and 22nd streets. Beach access is available from all street ends. Restrooms are available near the boat ramp area, between 10th and 11th streets. The borough has six beach wheelchairs, three adult-size and three child-size. There are handicap ramps at Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 25th streets.

    A bay beach with a playground is located at 15th Street for those who want to avoid the ocean waves and currents; beach badges, at the same prices, are required there as well. A restroom facility is located at the Borough Hall. A variety of restaurants line Long Beach Boulevard. Through Oct. 1, no food, alcoholic beverages or pets are allowed on the beach.

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    Go to the Ship Bottom Community Guide.

Surf City (609) 494-3064

    North 25th Street to South Third Street - Beach will be open June 19 through September 6. To order beach badges for Surf City beaches please call 609-494-3064  2012 Rates: Seasonal...$35, Weekly...$17, Daily $6,
    Seniors free, children Under...12 Free
    They can be purchased at the Borough Hall, Ninth Street and Long Beach Boulevard, or from badge checkers.

     The area attracts vacationers from throughout the region and is particularly popular with families. Seasonal visitors make up the bulk of the summer tourist cache, but one-day visitors and weekenders also populate the beaches.

    Of course, in Surf City, there would have to be surfing. The designated surfing area is between North First and North Third streets. There also is a designated fishing beach from North 23rd to North 25th streets.

    There is a bay bathing beach near 15th Street and Barnegat Avenue. Outdoor recreation areas, including basketball courts and a playground, can be found near Division Avenue and South First Street.

    Parking is along Long Beach Boulevard and designated side streets. Two handicap parking spaces are located at the ocean side of each street end. Beaches are accessible at each street end. A public restroom is located at the municipal building on Ninth Street. There is no bath house in the area. No alcohol or pets are permitted on the beaches. Places to eat are on Long Beach Boulevard.

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    Go to the Surf City Community Guide.

Surfers flock to Holyoke Avenue in Beach Haven and other areas not designated for swimming -- all permitted at the discretion of lifeguards. In Surf City, the designated surfing area is between North First and North Third streets. 
Tennis courts and a softball diamond are near Pearl Street and Bay Avenue. 
For other recreation, try amusement parks or the indoor shopping mall at Third and Bay avenues. Other recreational spots along Bay Avenue are Bay Village with Fantasy Island, which boasts a giant water slide and batting cages. An arcade is close by, Wednesday evening concerts are held during the summer season in Bicentennial Park near Engleside Avenue and Amber Street. The stretch of Long Beach Boulevard that runs through the borough boasts the lion's share of the island's night life.
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