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JerseyDevil
03-20-2004, 08:14 AM
Well - it's gearing up to another tourist season at the Jersey Shore. Which one is your favorite beach? Personally I like Seaside Heights for the excitement and I love Cape May for it's Victorian relaxation.

I grew up in Bricktown and went to school in Pt Pleasant only a couple of blocks from the ocean. The Jersey Shore is defintely in my blood.

I don't think there is a "best" beach in New Jersey - it just depends on what you are looking. Sp what is your favorite beach and why?

MITHRANDIR
04-15-2004, 02:08 AM
I prefer Seaside Park, South Seaside Park or Island Beach State Park.

They are close to home. (used to be within walking distance)

MITHRANDIR
04-27-2004, 05:54 AM
I prefer Seaside Park, South Seaside Park or Island Beach State Park.

They are close to home. (used to be within walking distance)

I also think that Seaside Park is good for inline-skating. The town is relativley flat and there is not much in the way of road traffic.

This may be true in other shore towns and I would be intersted to hear other people's experience with this.

JerseyDevil
04-27-2004, 06:58 AM
I also think that Seaside Park is good for inline-skating. The town is relativley flat and there is not much in the way of road traffic.

This may be true in other shore towns and I would be intersted to hear other people's experience with this.
Cape May would be cool to roller blade through. I love Cape May. I wonder how Long Beach Island would be to roller blade - probably quite a bit of traffic though since it only has the one road really.

Bombadillo
12-10-2004, 10:32 PM
LBI is my favorite (the ocean side). There's a whole variety of things to do, as opposed to beaches whose only attraction is the boardwalk. My family rents a huge house there every year on the southern tip.

Last year I did rollerblade there too. The southern point isn't so fun because of all the pebbles and sand spilt over onto the side of the road. But up north you can use the sidestreets.
There are bike rentals all over the island; I think that's better.

hawaiitron
03-15-2005, 01:45 AM
So what is some good surf beaches in Jersey, and what season is the surf up. I'm sure it's not like the 30+ that we get in Hawaii during the winter swell.

MITHRANDIR
03-16-2005, 08:15 PM
So what is some good surf beaches in Jersey, and what season is the surf up. I'm sure it's not like the 30+ that we get in Hawaii during the winter swell.

I am not sure that there is a surf season, but you can generally expect larger waves in the winter than the summer. Tropical storms and Hurricanes can also give you some good waves, but you need to be carful about any riptides. (actually you should be careful about riptides all the time.)

In general, I think most waves in NJ are 10 ft (3m) and under. (If anyone has better surf knowledge please post below.)

NJ Surf sites (http://www.wannasurf.com/spot/North_America/USA_North_East/New_Jersey/index.html)
http://www.wannasurf.com/spot/North_America/USA_North_East/New_Jersey/map/map.gif

Marianita
02-05-2006, 11:01 PM
I would have to say Cape May is my favorite. There is something so unforgettable about Cape May. The victorian houses and stores are like a trip back in time. I loved it. The boardwalk in Wildwood was great fun, sort of like the 50's. I am ready to put in for my vacation at work for May. Everyone teases me at work about my vacations to NJ. They say when I leave, I go far. lol. Take care. Marianita

JerseyDevil
02-08-2006, 03:57 PM
I would have to say Cape May is my favorite. There is something so unforgettable about Cape May. The victorian houses and stores are like a trip back in time. I loved it. The boardwalk in Wildwood was great fun, sort of like the 50's. I am ready to put in for my vacation at work for May. Everyone teases me at work about my vacations to NJ. They say when I leave, I go far. lol. Take care. Marianita
The combo Wildwood/Cape May vacation is great. I "advertise" it as a relaxing day at Historic Victorian Cape May and the excitement of the boardwalk and the 50's of Wildwood. Together they're really great for families - because Cape May has the relaxation that parents often want, but Wildwood have the games and amusements that teenagers and kids want.

Marianita
02-08-2006, 11:31 PM
I totally agree Jersey Devil. I loved both places. By the way, have you gone to that seafood place in Wildwood called,''2 Mile Landing.'' They have some good seafood there too. I ate a great big swordfish there. There is no doubt about it, Cape May is a must to visit. Take care. Marianita

JerseyDevil
03-03-2006, 10:36 PM
By the way, have you gone to that seafood place in Wildwood called,''2 Mile Landing.'' They have some good seafood there too. I ate a great big swordfish there. There is no doubt about it, Cape May is a must to visit. Take care. Marianita
I haven't spent much time in Wildwood, so I haven't gotten a chance to try that seafood place out. I've mostly just spent time on the boardwalk and the beach.

Marianita
03-04-2006, 06:57 AM
Hi Jersey Devil, Hopefully you will make it to ''2 Mile Landing.'' There is another seafood place called,'' The Lobster House'' in Cape May. Both places are unique and have alot to offer. There's no doubt about it. New Jersey sure has the best seafood. I can hardly wait to walk the boardwalk again. Marianita

Jersey Warren
04-14-2006, 05:00 PM
Gosh, I've gone to so many Jersey Shore beaches since I was a little tyke who went to Asbury Park in the early 1950s.

In the summer of 1999, my wife Martha and I spent a few days with my mother in Toms River during the middle of a really bad heat wave. I wanted to show Martha some of my favorite beaches so I took her to four different beaches four days in a row.

We started "down south" and went to Cape May the first day. The next day we went to Long Beach Island, near Barnegat Lighthouse. When I was a kid, the lighthouse was practically right on the ocean, but since then, dredging and jetty building has created a sand bar that extends at least half a mile from the lighthouse out to sea. Between some of the sand bars and the beach there are shallow pools of water and some of them must have been in the 80s, just like down here in Florida.

The next day we went to another favorite of mine: Island Beach State Park.

And, finally, we went to Seaside Heights to be able to sample the boardwalk pizza at Three Brothers in addition to our beachgoing.

What a great trip and a great time!

Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn't like. Well, I never met a Jersey Shore beach I didn't like.

On another trip in 2003 we had almost a week of rain, so we just did a little beachcombing until the very last day. That day was sunny, so my brother Greg took us to the national park beach at Sandy Hook. Again, great beach.

JerseyDevil
04-14-2006, 05:23 PM
The next day we went to Long Beach Island, near Barnegat Lighthouse. When I was a kid, the lighthouse was practically right on the ocean, but since then, dredging and jetty building has created a sand bar that extends at least half a mile from the lighthouse out to sea. Between some of the sand bars and the beach there are shallow pools of water and some of them must have been in the 80s, just like down here in Florida.
Jersey Warren - Forget what I say here - I think here you may be thinking of Sandy Hook, which is now about a half mile from the water. Barnegat is still right on the water and actually was threatened because the water had been eating away at the area under it's base. I also don't recall any sand bars in the area out at sea. I'm going to have to check on this the next time I'm out there though.

I checked on Google maps (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=barnegat+light+nj&ll=39.7624,-74.107718&spn=0.016561,0.046735&t=h) and I guess it's the bay side that was threatened, because as you state, sand is building up on the ocean side. I guess because I haven't explored the area as much, I never noticed how big that sandy area is now.

Marianita
04-15-2006, 01:34 AM
Hi Jersey Warren, It sounds like a happy childhood In New Jersey. I think it is wonderful that you went to all those places. I am working on going to all those places, a little each year. I put in for my vacation today at work, one month, the month of June. My son wants me to stay longer this time. As the day draws nearer I get more excited. Take care. Marianita:)

Jersey Warren
04-21-2006, 11:59 AM
Hi Jersey Warren, It sounds like a happy childhood In New Jersey. I think it is wonderful that you went to all those places. I am working on going to all those places, a little each year. I put in for my vacation today at work, one month, the month of June. My son wants me to stay longer this time. As the day draws nearer I get more excited. Take care. Marianita:)

When I was in first grade in Saddle Brook in 1954, they were building an overpass across the street about a quarter mile from the school. My mother said they were building a parkway "all the way to Cape May."

By 1956, the Garden State Parkway was finished. For the first time, we went beyond Asbury Park, all the way to Long Beach Island. In those days, before most of the island was developed, practically the entire island's beaches were accessable to the public. Even on a Saturday in July, the beaches were almost deserted.

I still get back every few years to visit family, and to take advantage of all the nice things that still remain. Some things have improved. Island Beach State Park was the summer home of New Jersey's governor years ago. Now anyone who wants to can take advantage of it.

It was nice to hear from you!

Marianita
04-21-2006, 10:46 PM
Hi Jersey Warren, It is nice to hear from you too. It is amazing that the parkway has been used by millions to get to Cape May since your mom remembered hearing that it was to be built. It would sure take a long time to get to Cape May without the Parkway. lol. Ofcourse that depends on where you start I guess. I am thinking of where my son lives. It is a really nice drive to Cape May. The parkway was a great idea on someones part. What is Island beach state park close to? Take care Marianita:)

davegering
04-22-2006, 06:43 AM
Island Beach State Park is Just North of Seaside Park. There use to be a Restaraunt at the entrance called Bumm Rodgers. It had all you can eat Crabs and all you can drinnk Moosehead Beer for 12 bucks. That was in the 80s

JerseyDevil
04-22-2006, 12:05 PM
Island Beach State Park is Just North of Seaside Park.

You have your directional compass messed up here Dave. :) Island Beach State Park is SOUTH of Seaside Park (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=seaside+park+nj&ll=39.860736,-74.08699&spn=0.26459,0.747757&om=1). :)


There use to be a Restaraunt at the entrance called Bumm Rodgers. It had all you can eat Crabs and all you can drinnk Moosehead Beer for 12 bucks. That was in the 80s
I don't know if it's still there or not. I've only gone to Island Beach State Park (http://www.aboutnewjersey.com/outdoors/parks/stateParks/islandBeach.htm) on th off season.

Marianita
04-22-2006, 10:31 PM
Hi Dave, I will have to check out that Island state park when I am over there. The days of paying $12.00 for beer and seafood are long gone. lol. I want to go to as many places as I can and soak up the memories. Time is passing and I need to purchase a plane ticket. Marianita:)

JerseyDevil
04-22-2006, 11:19 PM
Hi Dave, I will have to check out that Island state park when I am over there. The days of paying $12.00 for beer and seafood are long gone. lol. I want to go to as many places as I can and soak up the memories. Time is passing and I need to purchase a plane ticket. Marianita:)
Marianita - I hope you'll post about your vacation once you come back, of if you have a chance to get online, keep us up to date with things you are doing. :)

Marianita
04-23-2006, 12:30 AM
Hi Jersey Devil, I will keep you posted on events as they occur while I an New Jersey. I will also let you know when I am leaving. Now I have a cool idea. Maybe you can meet me and my son and daughter-in-law at the Jersey Store one day. That way I can meet you and Dave too. I am getting anxious and have some major shopping to do. My plane ticket I will purchase on my next day off. I will also let you know when I set foot on Jersey land. lol. Take care. Marianita:)

JerseyDevil
03-09-2007, 02:43 PM
Well it's almost summer again and so I have revived this thread and added a poll. Sorry for the beaches I couldn't include, but there is a limit of 10. I realize that this doesn't even touch the surface of the number of beaches New Jersey has.

The beaches I usually go to are Seaside Heights, Island Beach State Park, Long Beach Island, Atlantic City and Cape May. That doesn't mean I don't love the other beaches, just don't get to them as often. Now that I live at the shore again - I will explore the shore a bit more.

Here are some pics from Island Beach State Park I took last weekend.

http://www.aboutnewjersey.com/Postcards/pics/islandBeachStatePark1.jpg
http://www.aboutnewjersey.com/Postcards/pics/islandBeachStatePark2.jpg
http://www.aboutnewjersey.com/Postcards/pics/islandBeachStatePark3.jpg
http://www.aboutnewjersey.com/Postcards/pics/islandBeachStatePark4.jpg

Roadbldr '59
03-10-2007, 01:10 AM
I'd have to vote for Belmar... even sans Playland, the boardwalk and beach looks very much the same as it did 35 years ago. It's where we went most often growing up, probably because my Mom grew up there. I have many fond memories not just of the beach itself, but of the drive down there and back, with 77 WABC always playing in the background.

I also remember going to Island Beach State Park with my family... IB reminded me a lot of Cape Cod, Mass., where we also vacationed. We used to visit Asbury Park Boardwalk on the way back from Belmar... but it was the rides and attractions I liked there, I didn't care for the beach itself much. Likewise with Wildwood, where I went on my 8th Grade class trip.

Marianita
03-10-2007, 09:31 PM
Hi roadbldr, That is a beautiful beach indeed. I am voting for Wildwood as it makes me feel like like I am a kid again. lol. marianita:lmao:

Jersey Warren
03-11-2007, 01:36 PM
Although I voted for Island Beach State Park, which is probably the greatest expanse of unspoiled beach in New Jersey, I like many others. During the summer of 1999, Martha and I spent almost a week with my Mom in Toms River and I took her to several of my favorite NJ beaches several days in a row. We went to Cape May one day, the beach at Barnegat Lighthouse on Long Beach Island the next, and Island Beach State Park the next. Then we combined a day at Seaside Heights to enjoy both the beach and the boardwalk pizza on the same day.

Marianita
03-11-2007, 10:09 PM
Hi Jersey Warren, You sure covered alot of territory with your week in Toms River and all those beaches. It must have been great fun too. Have you been to Toms River lately? It has to be wonderful having all these beautiful beaches. It makes me long for New Jersey again. Marianita

Jersey Warren
03-12-2007, 01:58 PM
Hi Jersey Warren, You sure covered alot of territory with your week in Toms River and all those beaches. It must have been great fun too. Have you been to Toms River lately? It has to be wonderful having all these beautiful beaches. It makes me long for New Jersey again. Marianita

Hi Marianita,

We were back there last October, but not for long. We spent two nights with my youngest brother, who lives in Forked River. My Mom is in an assisted living facility in Toms River and we visited with her both days. We went from New Jersey to Maine and back over a two-week period, staying with many different relatives and friends of both Martha's and mine. It was enjoyable, but hectic, and ended with my 40th high school reunion in Ramsey, in northern Bergen County.

It seems every trip we take involves lots of traveling. Someday I'd like to just spend a week at the beach and stay put and relax! :)

Marianita
03-12-2007, 10:36 PM
Hi Jersey Warren, It does sound like a hectic trip but fun. I can understand your wanting to relax on the beach for a week. It is the same way for me when I go to New Jersey. Every day my son and daughter-in-law take me someplace. We cover alot of territory in a few short weeks.lol. I get tired but have a blast anyway. I need to talk to my son about my next trip to New Jersey. We had talked about May but the pool where they live opens in June. There has been so much relaxation and great times around that pool with neighbors and friends. At any rate we will decide together.
You will never guess where I want to go first besides Cape May that is. It is really close to Marlton. It is Medford. They had a street fair there last year and it was so really pleasant. There is a deli in Lumberton which boasts of ''the best potato salad in America.'' And it sure is good. My daughter-in-law and I go to Cherry Hill Mall where we spend a whole day. lol. And for great food, The Cracker Barrel in Mount Laural. Now that the baby is older we can cover more territory. I am getting so anxious to go.
Is your mom happy in the assisted living facility? I work in a long term care facility. Marianita

Jersey Warren
03-13-2007, 08:27 AM
There is a deli in Lumberton which boasts of ''the best potato salad in America.'' And it sure is good. My daughter-in-law and I go to Cherry Hill Mall where we spend a whole day. lol. And for great food, The Cracker Barrel in Mount Laural. Now that the baby is older we can cover more territory. I am getting so anxious to go.
Is your mom happy in the assisted living facility? I work in a long term care facility. Marianita

Hi Marianita,

My Mom has resigned herself to the fact that she can't take care of her own place anymore. She recently fractured a vertabra just reaching and stretching to get something. That's how fragile her bones are. She had to go to a rehab place for a couple of weeks then back to her own place. It's a very nice facility, but she can't take part in most of the activities because she is not mobile enough.

Regarding the potatato salad: When I was growing up we never made potato salad at home because the potato salad from the delis was so good. We had a general store called Elmer's in Upper Saddle River and the owners made their own in their house next store and carried it over to their store.

When I moved to Massachusetts, people brought in their own homemade potato salad to company lunches and parties and everyone raved about it. (But, though I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings by saying so, their homemade potato salad was never as good as most NJ deli potato salads!)

As you probably found out, most NJ delis slice the potatoes for salad very thin, like scalloped potatoes, so that way they soak up lots of dressing and you don't bite into the inside of a thick potato chunk that has no dressing on it. And the mayonaisse dressing is fairly tart, not bland like I've tasted in other areas. I found a supermarket in Massachusetts that had potato salad made from thinly sliced potatos, like in New Jersey, but it was too bland. I experimented and found that if I added a tablespoon or two of vinegar to each pound container, voila, it tasted almost like that sold in New Jersey. (A tablespoon or two of pickle juice works well, too.)

Anothe favorite of mine when visiting a New Jersey deli is to get a roast beef sandwich on a hard (aka Kaiser) roll, with butter on it. (I've found that's something you see only in New Jersey, butter on a roast beef sandwich.) And I always order a big kosher dill pickle to eat with it. Of course, New Jersey people are known to make a quick breakfast out of buttered hard rolls and coffee, which is a very European thing to do.

:)

Marianita
03-13-2007, 10:15 AM
Hi Jersey Warren, It is really best for your mother that there are people to look out for her. My mother is 80 and so far she is fine but who knows for how long? She is a bit more frail then she was. It will be hard if she has to go into assisted living for me to look out for her as she lives in Washington State. My brother lives in Northern Calif and he is retired and he looks out for her now.
As for the deli potato salad in New Jersey it is the best. I have tasted the potato salad here and eeeeeewwww gross. Plus the fact that I am a full a time cook on my job and I do the specialties and a little vinegar is always needed in potato salad. I did notice the potatoes were sliced very thin in that potato salad at the Lumberton deli. The Kaiser rolls are very good too. We did have the roast beef too and my granddaughter tasted it and wanted it all the time.Ofcourse coffee is a necessity of life as far as I am concerned.lol. And places like Dunkin Donuts. Marianita

Jersey Warren
03-14-2007, 02:10 PM
My mother is 80 and so far she is fine but who knows for how long? ...
Of course coffee is a necessity of life as far as I am concerned.lol. And places like Dunkin Donuts. Marianita

Hi Marianita,

Coincidentally, my mother is also 80, as of January 23rd.

I haven't lived near a Dunkin Donuts since leaving Massachusetts in 1989 and once in awhile we come across one. On a trip from Wisconsin to Ohio, we'd stop at one on the Indiana toll road. The most extreme case was when we were in Rome in 2001 and there was a Dunkin Donuts in Rome's Termini station. I took a couple of the apple-filled cinnamon donuts back to our hotel room. When we got back to Wisconsin I told people I had to go all the way to Rome for donuts!

When I was growing up there was an apple farm in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey (Tice's Farm) that had a donut machine and you could get them while they were still hot. (And for 55 cents a dozen!) Nothing like a hot donut and some cold apple cider right from the farm.

However, I'm also a coffee lover, and fortunately, that's something available everywhere.

Marianita
03-14-2007, 05:30 PM
Hi Jersey Warren, Well since our mothers are both 80 I will tell you my age if you tell me yours. :lmao: That is a co-incidence.
Now as for a Dunkin Donuts in Rome, that is really something. It is surprising what you can find in these foreign countries to remind you of home. In Matzatlan ,Mexico there is a McDonalds.
I sure wish we had a Dunkin Donuts here but we have nary a one. I had my son bring me some Dunkin Donut coffee when we had a family reunion over the Christmas holiday. I cannot imagine donuts for .55 a dozen but it must have been a while ago. lol.
I drink coffee all the time. I cannot live without it. The apple cider sounds good. Marianita

Jersey Warren
03-16-2007, 04:54 PM
Hi Jersey Warren, Well since our mothers are both 80 I will tell you my age if you tell me yours. :lmao: That is a co-incidence.


Hi Marianita,

Well, I will turn 59 on April 30th. Just to make this relevant to the favorite NJ beach thread, my earliest recollections of going "down the Shore" are when I was about three years old, which would have been 1951. We went to Asbury Park back in those days. I used to call the shore "the big water."

I wonder if Asbury Park still has the piers. They used to have various exhibits on the insides of the piers, which were glassed in, and you could walk all around the piers on the outside walkways and watch the surf below you.

I always wanted to get salt water taffy when I was a kid, and ride on the train at the little kiddie ride place.

Marianita
03-16-2007, 10:58 PM
Hi Jersey Warren, What nice memories you have.You have a good memory because I do not remember much anout being 3 yrs old. I do remember the beaches and the picnics, the long car rides and the kiddie rides.
I talked to my son this morning and he said that May is a perfect time for me to visit so he is buying my plane ticket. The first thing I did when I got to work was to submit a vacation request. So that is done. We have to give a months notice. I am already getting anxious to see my grandchildren. The ''New Jersey baby'' is already 5 and 1/2 months old. I saw him at Christmas.
By the way I am 62 yrs old. lol. My little brother is 59 but he is not little. lol.
What are you going to do for your birthday? Maybe you can go down the shore to Cape May or Wildwood. Imagine a nice dinner at The Lobster House?
I am homesick for New Jersey. lol. Marianita

Roadbldr '59
03-16-2007, 11:31 PM
Hi Marianita,

Well, I will turn 59 on April 30th. Just to make this relevant to the favorite NJ beach thread, my earliest recollections of going "down the Shore" are when I was about three years old, which would have been 1951. We went to Asbury Park back in those days. I used to call the shore "the big water."

I wonder if Asbury Park still has the piers. They used to have various exhibits on the insides of the piers, which were glassed in, and you could walk all around the piers on the outside walkways and watch the surf below you.

I always wanted to get salt water taffy when I was a kid, and ride on the train at the little kiddie ride place.

Don't know... but if the piers still exist, they are likely condemned or nearly so, just like the rest of Asbury.

Sometime between 1977 and 1984, the Asbury Park boardwalk degenerated from lively and thriving to boarded-up ghost town. What was the name of the off-the-walk arcade, that featured an indoor rollercoaster called (I believe) the Comet? The building still there... vacant for over 20 years.

Scary.

JerseyDevil
03-16-2007, 11:35 PM
Don't know... but if the piers still exist, they are likely condemned or nearly so, just like the rest of Asbury.

Sometime between 1977 and 1984, the Asbury Park boardwalk degenerated from lively and thriving to boarded-up ghost town. What was the name of the off-the-walk arcade, that featured an indoor rollercoaster called (I believe) the Comet? The building still there... vacant for over 20 years.

Scary.
Actually Asbury Park over the last couple of years has been coming back. It's a lot different than it was just a couple of years ago. They're working to make it into a Music Town because so many musicians got their start in Asbury Park. Granted it's not like it's "Glory Days" - but in a few years you won't recognize it anymore from it's old dilapidated state.

Marianita
03-17-2007, 12:12 AM
Hi Roadbldr, I have heard of Asburybury Park boardwalk but did not know anything about it being condemned. I am glad it is being restored. I think it is fine to make it into a music town. That is better then having it sitting vacant. marianita

JerseyDevil
03-17-2007, 09:53 AM
Hi Roadbldr, I have heard of Asburybury Park boardwalk but did not know anything about it being condemned. I am glad it is being restored. I think it is fine to make it into a music town. That is better then having it sitting vacant. marianita
It was never condemned, it was just in disrepair. The town went through hard times, mostly caused by the usual political corruption that runs rampant in New Jersey. Asbury Park used to be a tourist mecca in the early 1900's.

Marianita
03-17-2007, 12:11 PM
Hi Jersey Devil, It is nice to know that someone is working to change the place for the better.Twenty years is a long for something to just there dormant. Marianita

Baby_mo
04-24-2007, 05:40 AM
the beaches in Jersey are all great but Island Beach the best. :cool: let's go swimming!

Marianita
04-24-2007, 08:09 AM
Hi baby_mo, Swimming sounds like fun. :D

Jersey Warren
05-25-2007, 08:18 AM
This is from NorthJersey.com:

BARNEGAT

Fees: None.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Portable restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Lot.
Garden State Parkway exit: 67.
Information:609-698-0080.

BARNEGAT LIGHT

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $15 weekly; $20 season (advance); $30 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Yes, at the boat dock.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-494-9196.

BAY HEAD

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $65 season; $45 half-season (Memorial Day through July or Aug. 1 though Labor Day).
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas About a block from the beach in Borough Hall.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 98.
Information:732-892-4179.

BAYVILLE – Berkeley Township

Fees: $5 weekdays, $6 weekends and holidays ages 12+; $20 weekly; $30 season (advance); $35 season; seniors free.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Yes.
Lifeguard: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 82.
Information:732-269-4456.

BEACH HAVEN

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $20 season (advance); $35 season; free ages 65+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23 to Labor Day.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Lot and street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-492-0111.

BEACH HAVEN CREST

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season; free 65+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

BEACH HAVEN GARDENS

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season; free 65+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

BEACH HAVEN PARK

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season; free 65+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

BEACH HAVEN TERRACE

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season; free 65+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

BEACHWOOD

Fees: $10 season ages 12+; free under 12.
Boardwalk/promenade: Yes.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: $5 residents; $10 non-residents.
GSP exit: 80.
Information:732-286-6000.

BRANT BEACH

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season; free 65+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Lot and on the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

BRICK TOWNSHIP

Fees: $5 ages 12+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Yes.
Lifeguard: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Drop-off at Brick Beach 2, parking at Brick Beach 1 and 3 for $5.
GSP exit: 98.
Information:732-262-1075.

BRIGHTON BEACH

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season; free 65+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

HARVEY CEDARS

Fees: $6 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $22 season (advance); $35 season, $9 ages 65+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms across the street in Sunset Park.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street and at Sunset Park.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-494-2843.

ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK

Fees: $6 weekdays, $10 weekends and holidays; $50 yearly pass.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Yes.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Included in entrance fee.
GSP exit: 82.
Information:609-984-1795.

ISLAND HEIGHTS

Fees: $5 ages 12+; $10 weekly; $12 season (advance); $20 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: Yes.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas No.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 82.
Information:732-270-6415.

LAVALLETTE

Fees: $6 daily ages 12+; $35 season (advance); $40 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: Yes.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas No.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 82.
Information:732-793-7477.

LOVELADIES

Fees: $5 ages 12+ daily; $20 weekly; $30 season (advance); $35 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

MANAHAWKIN

Fees: Free.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Free lots.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-597-1000.

MANTOLOKING

Fees: $12 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas No.
Lifeguard: No.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Two-hour parking limit.
GSP exit: 98.
Information:732-899-6600; for information on two private beaches, call 732-892-6877 or 732-295-9612.

NORTH BEACH HAVEN

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

OCEAN GATE

Fees: $2 daily; $12 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: Yes.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Yes.
Lifeguard: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: With decal.
GSP exit: 80-S.
Information:732-269-3166.

ORTLEY BEACH at Toms River

Fees: $4 weekdays, $5 weekends and holidays.
Boardwalk/promenade: Yes.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Yes.
Lifeguard: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Free lot parking.
GSP exit: 82.
Information:732-341-1000, ext. 8415.

PEAHALA PARK

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

PINE BEACH (River Beach)

Fees: $1 daily ages 12+; $5 season, $3 season ages 62+.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas No.
Lifeguard: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: $10 season, $5 seniors.
GSP exit: 80.
Information:732-349-6425.

POINT PLEASANT (River Beach)

Fees: $1 ages 13+; $15 season, $10 season seniors.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Free on the street.
GSP exit: 91.
Information:732-892-5813.

POINT PLEASANT BEACH

Fees: $6 weekdays, $7 weekends ages 12+, $2 ages 5 to 11; $80 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: Yes.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Yes.
Lifeguard: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Lots, metered parking, on the street.
GSP exit: 98.
Information:732-892-0600.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS

Fees: $5 ages 12+; free Wednesdays and Thursdays; $35 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: Yes.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Yes.
Lifeguard: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Metered lots and pay parking $5 weekdays, $10 weekends; free lot four blocks from beach.
GSP exit: 82.
Information:732-793-9100.

SEASIDE PARK

Fees: $8 daily ages 13+; $25 weekly; $35 season (advance); $45 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: Yes.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas At N Street bathhouse.
Lifeguard: 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: Metered, free, various lots.
GSP exit: 82.
Information:732-793-0234.

SHIP BOTTOM

Fees: $7 daily ages 13+; $17 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-494-2171.

SPRAY BEACH

Fees: $5 daily ages 12+; $20 weekly; $25 season (advance); $35 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: Yes.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-361-1000.

SURF CITY

Fees: $8 daily ages 12+, free ages 65+; $17 weekly; $35 season.
Boardwalk/promenade: No.
Food concessions: No.
Restrooms/changing areas Restrooms.
Lifeguard: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicap accessible: Yes.
Parking: On the street.
GSP exit: 63.
Information:609-494-3064.

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Marianita
05-26-2007, 10:49 PM
Hi Jersey Warren, How are you? I am reading my new issue of ''New Jersey Life.'' It reads that the best beaches are Sandy Hook, Island beach state park, Seven mile beach, Cape May point.
Ofcourse personal; preferences must be taken into account. I like them all really.
I miss New Jersey already. lol. MaryAnne

cassie
05-28-2007, 05:42 PM
Well - it's gearing up to another tourist season at the Jersey Shore. Which one is your favorite beach? Personally I like Seaside Heights for the excitement and I love Cape May for it's Victorian relaxation.

I grew up in Bricktown and went to school in Pt Pleasant only a couple of blocks from the ocean. The Jersey Shore is defintely in my blood.

I don't think there is a "best" beach in New Jersey - it just depends on what you are looking. Sp what is your favorite beach and why?

Seaside Heights is mine for sure! today i stopped by Keansburgh as i am working on a golf deal with someone and you know its not a bad little place either! (can u tell i like the shore for the boardwalks/arcades) lol

JerseyDevil
05-28-2007, 11:05 PM
Seaside Heights is mine for sure! today i stopped by Keansburgh as i am working on a golf deal with someone and you know its not a bad little place either! (can u tell i like the shore for the boardwalks/arcades) lol
I just got back from Seaside. I wanted to check it out and see how busy it was. I was very happy to see all the tourists - MONEY, MONEY, MONEY into the state economy (and everyone knows how much $$$$ New Jersey NEEDS!!!)

I didn't got to Seaside until 7:00pm and left at around 11:30.

I went to Ocean City a couple of weeks ago, just as a rode trip thing, and that boardwalk looks really nice. The miniature golf courses there are really cool. As for Keansburg, sadly I haven't made it there yet. I keep telling myself that I'm going to take the summer and do every beach. Can it be done??? :)

cassie
05-29-2007, 06:33 AM
I just got back from Seaside. I wanted to check it out and see how busy it was. I was very happy to see all the tourists - MONEY, MONEY, MONEY into the state economy (and everyone knows how much $$$$ New Jersey NEEDS!!!)

I didn't got to Seaside until 7:00pm and left at around 11:30.

I went to Ocean City a couple of weeks ago, just as a rode trip thing, and that boardwalk looks really nice. The miniature golf courses there are really cool. As for Keansburg, sadly I haven't made it there yet. I keep telling myself that I'm going to take the summer and do every beach. Can it be done??? :)

can it be done?? sure!!!! you should do a beach tour like Dennis and Judy do a diner tour! we can check out every minature golf course on the boardwalks and report back at the end of the summer!

u can start at Keansburgh! i just worked out a coupon deal with Lori the owner yesterday for $1 off

http://www.cassiescalendar.com/?q=node/45126

131 Dukes St.
06-01-2007, 07:41 AM
Island Beach State Park : Drive on Drive off gotta love it.:wave:

JerseyDevil
06-05-2007, 10:36 AM
Island Beach State Park : Drive on Drive off gotta love it.:wave:
Welcome 131 Duke St. :wave: Along with also living in Toms River, I also like Island Beach State Park. I've taken my dog there several times. It's really nice to be able to go to places like that in New Jersey and see what they were like before developments. Believe it or not, what is today Island Beach State Park was planned to be a resort development. I love the diversity of the Jersey Shore, where you have Seaside Height with all it has to offer and then only a couple of miles south, you have pristine coastal forests which stretch for miles.

JerseyDevil
06-09-2008, 12:31 PM
Well another summer season is beginning and once again - let me know what your favorite beach is. Have you explored any new beaches that you haven't been to before?

Jersey Warren
06-09-2008, 01:22 PM
I haven't been back north since the fall of 2006, so I haven't explored anything new up there. However, from the standpoint of unspoiled beach on the Jersey Shore, I think it's hard to beat Island Beach State Park. And, if you're in the mood for some after-beach fun on the boardwalk, it's just a short drive from Seaside Heights.

JerseyDevil
06-09-2008, 03:40 PM
...it's hard to beat Island Beach State Park...if you're in the mood for some after-beach fun on the boardwalk, it's just a short drive from Seaside Heights.

Yeah. I agree. I do often tell people who are looking for a combination of things - such as the boardwalk - but they don't want to stay in the "heart of the action" so to speak - to stay in Seaside Park where it's quieter, but yet they are close to Seaside Heights for the amusements and nightclubs and of course the restaurants and food, but then they are also right next to Island Beach State Park where it is unspoiled shore wilderness. People can really have the best of all worlds by staying in Seaside Park.

Another great unspoiled area of the Jersey Shore is the Sandy Hook area. The beaches around Cape May Point, although not unspoiled and natural are at least quieter than other beaches.

Jersey Warren
06-09-2008, 03:56 PM
I agree with those choices, too. My brother Greg, who lives in Red Bank, took us to the Gateway National Seashore at Sandy Hook when we were there and it is very nice. I've also been to the beaches at Cape May. Another favorite area of mine is at Barnegat Lighthouse. If you walk East from the lighthouse itself, there is a long sandbar formed by dredging (and protected by jettys) that extends about half a mile into the ocean and it has shallow tidal pools protected by sandbars near the end that get really warm!

sreeja
06-19-2008, 12:26 AM
Personally i prefer Seaside Heights.It is the most beautiful place to see.It is my favorite place for relaxation.

vinay678
11-21-2009, 04:26 AM
Long Beach Island, or LBI, is the place that many New Jersey natives like to go to enjoy the beach. When the shore is too crowded with “bennies” (a term used to refer to Jersey Shore tourists), they make their way to this narrow barrier island to enjoy one of the most family-oriented beaches in New Jersey. This can be one of the friendliest places in New Jersey, as one visitor recently told me she had several great conversations on the beach with LBI locals whose families have been enjoying the area for generations. For a quieter family setting, take the time to give Long Beach Island a try. To many, it is one of the very best beaches in New Jersey.

Jersey Warren
11-21-2009, 08:36 AM
Long Beach Island, or LBI, is the place that many New Jersey natives like to go to enjoy the beach. When the shore is too crowded with “bennies” (a term used to refer to Jersey Shore tourists), they make their way to this narrow barrier island to enjoy one of the most family-oriented beaches in New Jersey. This can be one of the friendliest places in New Jersey, as one visitor recently told me she had several great conversations on the beach with LBI locals whose families have been enjoying the area for generations. For a quieter family setting, take the time to give Long Beach Island a try. To many, it is one of the very best beaches in New Jersey.


I love LBI and used to contribute articles to the now-defunct Long Beach Island Magazine. My favorite beach for enjoying unspoiled nature, however, is Island Beach State Park, just south of Seaside Park

reena
01-11-2010, 04:51 AM
Brigantine offers six miles of New Jersey beaches that are just minutes from Atlantic City, but usually are less busy than other nearby beaches in New Jersey. This can provide a nice retreat from the loud New Jersey resorts and casinos found in Atlantic City. Come here, enjoy the beach for an afternoon, and head back to Atlantic City to get ready for the nightlife energized from your quiet day at the beach.

Another good option for families with younger children is to try the bay beaches in New Jersey. There are many inlets, bays, and barrier islands along the Jersey shore, and bay beaches mean clamer waters, less crowds, and shallow places for the little ones to swim without getting swept off their feet by the surf. Bayville and Margate are good places to find bay beaches in New Jersey.

As modern life becomes more and more fast paced, experiencing the simple power and beauty of the sea continues to provide a much-needed break, and New Jersey beaches are a simply a great place to go.

samera
01-11-2010, 09:54 PM
Spring Lake, New Jersey offers a nice, quiet beach that is a relief from the crowds of other New Jersey beaches. Located in Monmouth County, this is a nice place to take the family and just enjoy the sand, sun and waves. For the angler in the family, there is certainly a fair amount of New Jersey fishing in the area as well.

Long Beach Island, or LBI, is the place that many New Jersey natives like to go to enjoy the beach. When the shore is too crowded with “bennies” (a term used to refer to Jersey Shore tourists), they make their way to this narrow barrier island to enjoy one of the most family-oriented beaches in New Jersey. This can be one of the friendliest places in New Jersey, as one visitor recently told me she had several great conversations on the beach with LBI locals whose families have been enjoying the area for generations. For a quieter family setting, take the time to give Long Beach Island a try. To many, it is one of the very best beaches in New Jersey.