Ocean County Beaches - A Visitors Guide

2017 NJ Beach Fees, Facilities, Boardwalks, and more.

Ocean County Beaches

Ocean County beaches are popular with both day trippers and vacationers. They are not as crowded as the Monmouth County beaches though more crowded than the Atlantic and Cape May County beaches.

Information is provided on the major Ocean County beaches in New Jersey and has been updated (where noted) for the year 2017.

Most New Jersey beaches charge a fee in the form of a beach badge for access to the beach. This is considered a practical way for Jersey shore towns to cover the cost of maintaining a clean and safe beach. The expense is shared by both visitors and residents.

With the exception of Island Beach State Park, Ocean County beaches are administered by the local towns.



Ocean County Beaches with
Large Commercial Boardwalks:
Point Pleasant
Seaside Heights


Ocean County Beaches with
Small, Less Commercial Boardwalks:
Island Heights
Lavallette
Ocean Gate
Ortley Beach
Seaside Park

Ocean County Beaches

Barnegat Light
609-494-9196
Guarded Bay Beach at 25th St. & Bayview.
2017 Beach access fees

All 2017 badges can be purchased at the Borough Hall at 10 East 7th Street, Monday through Friday, 8:00AM until 3:30PM
Pre-Season– $30 (price good through June 9th) *Beach Badge order forms can be downloaded from our forms page Season– $40 Weekly -$22 (Saturday through Friday) Daily– $5 Senior– $12 (65 years , must be purchased in person, beginning mid-April 2017 with proof of age)
*All Badges can be purchased on the beach form the Beach Badge Checkers, all badges are $1.00 additional if purchased on the beach*

Free parking at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park and along side streets where the borough has designated parking areas and 10th Street and Bayview Avenue and Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.

Food is prohibited on the beach. There are restaurants and stores along Long Beach Boulevard, Broadway and Bayview Avenue. Family oriented beach goers.

Barnegat Light offers a Beach Wheel Chair to any beach patron who has a mobility limiting disability
Dogs are not permitted on the beach from April 15th through September 15th.


Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
2017 Beach Access fees:
You are required to pay a per vehicle entry fee when you enter Island Beach State Park. NJ resident    non-resident Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend Sat, Sun, holidays    7 A.M. - 8 P.M.    $10.00    $20.00 Mon - Fri    8 A.M. - 8 P.M.    $6.00    $12.00 off season    everyday    8 A.M. - dusk    $5.00    $10.00 The entry fee for Motorcyclists is $5.00 ($7.00 non-resident) every day of the year.

If you walk in or drive in on your bicycle there is no fee. Buses can enter Island Beach State Park for a fee (except for weekends and holidays) but such trips need to be arranged in advance with park management.

Two refreshment pavilions are located approximately 1/4 mile apart, one off each parking area in the bathing beach section. Showers, dressing rooms as well as restrooms are available. Pavilions are handicapped accessible with ramps onto the beach, and you can rent surf chairs to take you right to the surf line. There is a concession stand, where you can purchase hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream as well as sundries.
You can also rent beach umbrellas and beach chairs here too. There are parking lots approximately 3.5 miles from the gate next to the two swimming beaches.


Cycling is permitted in the bike lanes running parallel to the road. New Jersey state law requires that all children under 14 wear helmets. There are no bike trails at Island Beach State Park.


Although tables and grills are not available in the park, visitors may enjoy picnicking on the ocean beach. Grills may be used on the beach south of the designated bathing area. Fires must be at least 50 feet east of the dunes, and picnickers are required to extinguish their fires before leaving the area.

Island Beach State Park requires visitors to "Carry In/Carry Out" their garbage. Picnicking is allowed on the ocean beach in the Recreation and Southern Natural Areas. Open fires are permitted 50 feet east of the dune line from parking area 3 south to the inlet.

No fires or cooking devices of any kind are permitted on the beach in the lifeguard areas during the summer season. Island Beach is a Carry In- Carry Out park.


Alcohol is not Permitted.
Pets are allowed in the park on leashes only and are not permitted on lifeguard patrolled beaches during the summer.


Lavallette
732-793-2111
2017 Beach access fees:
Beach Badges must be worn at all times, visible on the front of the bathing suit. This applies to both Ocean and Bay Beaches. Seasonal and weekly badges can be purchased at the Beach Badge Office. Daily badges can be purchased at the ocean and bay beaches from the badge checkers.
The badge fees for the Summer Season are as follows: No fee for children under the age of twelve (12) years. $50.00 per person, per season. Season badges available throughout the season. Badges purchased by June 12, 2017 are $40.00 during pre-season sale. $30.00 per person per week or fraction thereof. A "week" is defined as the period from Saturday through the following Saturday. $10.00 per person for each daily badge. $15.00 per person for the entire bathing season for any person whom is 65 years of age or over, any totally disabled person, and for all disabled veterans of any military service and all military service personnel on active duty status.

Bathing Hours: 10am to 5pm Weekdays 10am to 6pm Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays

On street parking is on a first come first served basis on the side streets and the ocean blocks. The Borough of Lavallette has residential parking permits in certain areas throughout town these spots are designated by sign and by permit only. A sticker is required on motor vehicles parked in any of the Municipal parking lots on the bay front In effect Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Car Stickers are $10.00

Surfing Locations: Haddonfield Avenue / Brown Avenue / Dover Avenue Between Green Flags Kayaking Locations are the same as Surfing, Life jackets Required
A separate sticker is required for any motor drawn vehicle or trailer parked in any of the Municipal parking lots on the bay front and allows use of the municipal boat ramp. Trailer Stickers are $50.00

Beach Wheelchair's Available on a first come first serve basis through the Lifeguard Headquarters 732-793-2566

It is unlawful to conduct or engage in any beach party, picnic or similar outing, cook, or take any alcoholic beverage upon said places of resort, other than non-alcoholic beverages in cans or plastic containers.





Long Beach Township
Long Beach Island (Includes High Bar Harbor, Loveladies, North Beach, Brant Beach, Beach Haven Crest, Brighton Beach, Peahala Park, Beach Haven Park, Haven Beach, The Dunes, Beach Haven Terrace, Beach Haven Gardens, Bay Vista, Spray Beach, North Beach Haven, Beach Daily Beach Haven Heights, Silver Sands, Beach Haven Inlet, & Holgate
609-361-1200

2017 Beach access fees::
Seasonal Beach Badge $40, . Senior Citizen Seasonal Beach Badge $5    , valid proof of age, 65+, required in person at time of purchase, Weekly Beach Badge    $20, Daily Beach Badge $7. Veterans Free.

Restrooms are near the Centre Street Beach, on the bay side at Taylor Avenue, at the public dock on Dock Road and the bay, at the tennis courts on Pearl Street and at the playground at Nelson and West avenues.
Free parking on Street.


Ortley Beach
(Toms River Township) Includes: Shelter Cove on the bay
(732) 341-1000 ext. 8415
2017 Beach access fees:
Seasonal beach badges are $35 and $15 for seniors (must show proof of age). Please call for weekly and daily badges

Beach Badges are sold at the Toms River Recreation Office & Toms River Senior Center, and at the 4th Ave. Lifeguard Headquarters in Ortley Beach
Ortley Beach and Shelter Cove beaches have showers and can be used free-of-charge.

On street parking is on a first come first served basis on the side streets and the ocean blocks. The Borough of Lavallette has residential parking permits in certain areas throughout town these spots are designated by sign and by permit only. Along the highway there are sections of two hour parking, please keep this in mind when parking along the highway.


Point Pleasant Beaches
The Municipal beaches are bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the East and the Manasquan River to the north and northwest. The ocean beaches are found in Point Pleasant Beach and the two beaches along the Manasquan River are maintained by the the borough of Point Pleasant

The Beach information described here applies to: Jenkinson Beach:(between Broad and Trenton Ave)
732-892-0600
2017 Beach access fees: (Jenkinson Beach)
Under 5 free, Daily badges: age 5-11 $3.00, 12 and up weekdays, $9, Weekends & holidays, $10.
Season: 12 and up $95.00, children 5-11 with adult $50.00, seniors $70.00

Men's and women's free public restrooms There are two bath houses (bathrooms and changing rooms) on the boardwalk. One is located at the end of the Broadway Avenue and the other at the end of Parkway Avenue. The bath houses are open from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Parking at Municipal Lot: Arnold and Ocean Avenues. On-street, Also at Jenkinson's lots, Manasquan River Inlet, Aquarium Parking Lot, Frank's Fun Center and Jenkinson's South Arcade.
Point Pleasant Beach has both public access and private beaches. The southern end of town is comprised of a public access beach.

Dog restrictions - Not allowed to be or go upon the beach or in the water at any public bathing beach, except between October 1st and April 30th, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. of each year. Dogs must be under the control of a leash may utilize the municipal beach, and the approaches for access only,


Seaside Heights
732-793-9100
2017 Beach access fees:
Daily fee – $8 Weekly badge – $35 (Sunday through Saturday) Season badge – $45 if purchased on or before May 15th Season badge – $60 if purchased after May 15th Senior Citizen season badge – $10 for persons 65 years of age and older Children 11 years of age and under – free every day Active and retired military personnel and their dependents – free every day with the appropriate Common Access Card, Uniformed Services ID Card, DD Form 214, or Veterans Benefit ID Card issued by the VA.

Free & Discount Days
Bay beach – free every day. Seaside Heights offers beach fee discounts throughout the summer, including Mom and Me Days, Dad and Me Days, Bring a Friend Days, and Bring a Hero Days.

Seasonal Badges may be purchased at: Borough Hall, 901 Boulevard at the Corner of Sherman Avenue - Mon. thru Fri.- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from January 1st to Labor Day. Seasonal Beach Badges are also available at the Beach Control Headquarters in the Lifeguard headquarters building at Kearney Avenue.

Beach access for the disabled
Free Surf Chair use for those needing wheelchair beach access is available. Call (732) 793-4646 for a reservation.

Restrooms located in various sites along the boardwalk. For a small fee indoor hot showers, lockers, and other accessories are available at Hiering Avenue and the Boardwalk through a private entity. Changing is available for a small fee as well.

Metered parking on street, and some parking lots.

Beach umbrellas, lounge chairs, and inflatable rafts are available from privately operated concessions along the beach and boardwalk.


Seaside Park
(732) 793-3700
2017 Beach access fees:
Children 11 and under are free. Daily - $10 Weekly - $35; Seasonal - $55; - Seasonal Senior (65 +), $20

There is a small concession stand on Ocean Avenue, which has a snack bar and restrooms.

Parking is available along the ocean front beginning with parking lot #1, which is located on North Ocean Avenue between Farragut and Stockton Avenue. Lot #1 is equipped with parking meters, which only accept dollar coins and quarters and allow up to 7 1/2 hours of parking time. Parking is available in lots 2 and 3 and along the streets, which only except quarters and allow 4 hours of parking time. These Lots will be closed between 2:00 am and 7:00 am. There is also some meter parking available on the ocean blocks of Porter Avenue, Farragut Avenue, Stockton Avenue, Decatur Avenue, Lafayette Avenue and O Street. A Metered area is also available on North West Central

This almost two-mile-long beach has a small section of boardwalk to the north devoted to games, food operators and the Funtown Pier Amusements.

Dunes covered with tall grass line the entire oceanfront, which is mostly residential & is south of the Funtown Pier.

Fishing is permitted south of H Street in between the lifeguard stands.

The boardwalk is perfect for quiet strolls. The planks run the entire length of the borough and have benches and gazebo's that have been erected every few blocks.
Bicycles are only allowed on the boardwalk: North of N Street until 9am Only South of N Street until 11am


Ship Bottom
Long Beach Island
609-494-2171
2017 Beach access fees:
Beach Badges are required at both bay and ocean beaches from mid June through Labor Day.
$30 - Pre-Season until May 31st, $40 - Seasonal beginning June 1st $20, Weekly $7 - Daily $10 - Seniors 65+ Daily $7.00. Weekly $20.00. Season $40.00. Seniors over 65 $10/season. Free for children 12 and younger.

Restrooms are available near the boat ramp between 10th and 11th streets and at the bay beach area between 13th & 14th streets.

Free parking along oceanfront side streets. Parking is also available at the Plaza between 18th & 22nd streets.

Beach showers are available at the SandBox Cafe at 2604 Long Beach Blv'd. Shower users also receive a 10% discount at the restaurant Ramps for the Physically Challenged at 4th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st. & 25th streets.

Beach Wheels available from Ship Bottom Beach Patrol. Call to reserve in advance


Surf City
Long Beach Island
609-494-3064
Please Note: There are 6 different LBI towns and 6 different LBI beach badges.

2017 Beach access fees:
$8 daily; Weekly $17, Season: $35. Children 11 years of age and under, and seniors 65 years of age and over, are not required to wear a beach badge.

Badges can be purchased at Borough Hall, 813 Long Beach Blvd., and at the beach.

There is a public restroom at the municipal building, but there are no bathhouses.

Free parking is available along the Boulevard and designated side streets. Two handicapped-accessible parking spaces are located at the end of the ocean side of each street.

Surfing beaches are south of the First Street jetty to north of the Second Street flag. Surf fishing is allowed north pf the 23rd Street jetty to 24th Street flag.

The beach, which stretches from North 25th to South Third streets, is accessible at each street end.


Windward Beach Park
732-262-1044
2016 Beach access fees:
Daily: $5. Season: $30; $25 if purchased before June 15. Free for children aged 12 or under and adults aged 65 or older. Season parking stickers are $30.

Season parking stickers are $30, and daily parking is $5.
A valid vehicle registration is required for parking stickers. Parking at the two ocean beaches is metered an is $1 an hour.

Food is permitted as long as it is cleaned up. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
For picnics, you will need to reserve a table in Windward Beach Park, Brick Twp. To reserve a table, call 732-262-1073.

They also allow BBQing but is only permitted by reserving a table. The BBQ must be a charcoal grill.


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