Atlantic County New Jersey Beaches: A Visitors Guide

Atlantic County NJ Beaches

Your 2024 guide to Atlantic County, New Jersey Beaches: Features information on NJ Beach Badges, Restrooms, Boardwalks, and other facilities.

Atlantic County beaches in southern, NJ are not overly crowded and are popular with day trippers and vacationers coming from the Philadelphia area.

Information about beach badges, parking, boardwalks and other amenities, updated for 2023. except where otherwise noted

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.

All Atlantic County Beaches are administered by the local City/town.

Atlantic County Beaches with
Large Commercial Boardwalks

Atlantic City - Stroll the famous Boardwalk, six miles long and 60 feet wide, paralleling the ocean, it is the largest of New Jersey's boardwalks. It's free! Hop on a historic rolling wicker chair and ride in style. The Boardwalk is the place to see and be seen. It's loaded with access to casinos, restaurants, amusement parks, tacky T-shirts, and more. Forget the calories and indulge in a juicy hot dog with all the trimmings, chewy saltwater taffy and filmy cotton candy.

Atlantic County Beaches with
Small, Less Commercial Boardwalks

Brigantine - Located just to the North of Atlantic City, its a short concrete promenade several blocks long with a wooden deck with seating. There are no concessions.

Ventnor - Just south of Atlantic City, it has a wide boardwalk with a path to Downtown AC. Looking west, there are a large varitey homes coming in all all shapes, sizes and styles.

Atlantic County Beaches

Atlantic City
Beach Access is Free

Lifeguards are on duty from 10 AM - 6 PM at various locations along Atlantic City beaches, from July 1 - Labor Day. (A limited number of Atlantic City, New Jersey beaches are protected from Memorial Day to July 1, and Labor Day to September 30.

Restroom facilities at intervals along the Boardwalk. Public can change their suits in rest rooms or at public change houses located at South Carolina and Albany Avenues. Outdoor public showers located at 11 lifeguard houses.

Metered and paid parking lots are available.
Kayaking and Windsurfing are permitted at Jackson Ave. beach. No lifeguards, no bathing zone, bring your own equipment.
No fishing license needed for salt-water when in these areas: Inlet off of the Boardwalk, jetties along Oriental/Maine Ave. Board- walk fishing not allowed in bathing areas when lifeguards are on duty (10am-6pm).
Surfing is permitted at Crystal Beach on New Hampshire Ave. Delaware Ave. Beach, Downtown Beach on Raleigh Ave. No lifeguards.

Public showers are located at the district stations. Casino beach bars also have outdoor showers that are open to the public. Grilling permitted on the beach on Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day only. Grills must be charcoal briquettes; no gas grills or open flames are permitted. Open fires of any kind (includes bonfires) are not permitted on the beach.

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Beach Fee Office:
265 42nd Street
2024 Beach access fees:

Regular Season Rates:
Seasonal:$25.00, seasonal Senior over 65 Free, Daily $10.00, Weekly $15.00
Active Military Members: Tags are free (4 free per family)F or veterans, beach tags are free only for that veteran.

Beach tags can be purchased in person at the Beach Fee Office and on-line with on your Mobile Device on VIPLY

Portable toilets are available throughout the beach area.

Parking permits for municipal parking lots can be purchased for $25.00 for the Seasonal permit or $8.00 for daily permits. Permits can be purchased at the Beach Fee Office, located at 15th St. and Brigantine Ave. from May 1 through Sept. 1. Entrances to Beaches: South End of Lagoon Blvd., Harbor Beach Blvd. & Seaside Rd., and North End at 14th St. North. Surfing is permitted at 12th St. North, 10th St. South, North of South End Jetty, South of the Sandy Lane bathing area.
Fishing is permitted north of 14th Street North.
Propane BBQ Grills permitted from October 1st to May 29th.
Dogs are allowed on the beach provided they are on a leash, not longer than 6 ft. Dog feces must be removed. Dogs are allowed on the North-End Beach any time.

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2024 Beach access fees:
Badges required for all people 12 years and older.
Regular seasonal tags will cost $35 each and senior seasonal tags will cost $10 each. Active military free.

Purchase your Longport Beach Badges on your Mobile Device at VIPLY
Also, beach tags will be available at the beach Headquarters located at 33rd and Atlantic Avenue.

Restrooms and showers are located on 33rd and Atlantic Avenue in the Community Building. There are no changing rooms. Metered parking is available on Atlantic Avenue up to 15th Street. On-street parking is available but limited.
Surfing allowed at 12th, 22nd, 28th and 32nd streets.
Kayaking and windsurfing is permitted between 14th and 15th streets, 22nd and 23rd, 27th and 29th, and 32nd and 33rd streets.
Fishing is allowed at unguarded beaches only.
Longport Dog Beach is an off-leash dog beach located at Malibu Beach Wildlife Management area where dogs of all sizes can play in the sand and water. The beach is located at the base of the Ocean Drive Bridge on the Longport side across from the fishing pier. Owners must bring their own water and waste disposal items. There are no trash receptacles so be prepared to dispose of all trash off-site.

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2024 Beach access fees:
Beach Badges are required during the summer season by everyone 12 years of age and older

Preseason Rates (Prior to May 31, 2023):
Regular (12 & over) - $10, Senior (65 & over) - $3.50
After June 1st all badges will be $20
Veteran Badges- available free of charge. Those eligible include: Active Military and Active members of the NJ National Guard, their spouse and dependent children ages 12 through 25; Other Veterans who were honorably discharged (1 badge) with military ID or discharge papers.

Beach Badges will be available for Purchase and Reserved Badges for Pickup at the Martin Bloom Pavilion (located behind the Library) Monday through Friday from 9am to 2:30pm (Excluding Holidays) and 10am - 2:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays starting April 8th. They are also available for purchase on-line on VIPLY

Restrooms are located at Huntington Ave-Bloom Pavilion Rumson Ave Benson Ave-Greenhouse Adams Ave Beach
Non-metered street parking is available.
Kayaking and surfing are allowed only at specific beaches. Contact Beach Patrol Headquarters for those locations. Hobie Cat sailing is allowed by permit only.
Beaches with handicap access and mats on the Beach to make mobility easier while wheeling over the sand include: Andover Ave Barclay Ave Clermont Ave Douglas Ave Exeter Ave Huntington Ave Kenyon Ave Osborne Ave Rumson Ave Vendome Ave Decatur Ave Madison Ave & Coolidge Ave Beach Patrol has sand wheelchairs. Call to reserve. Also The Martin Bloom Pavilion has sand wheelchairs.
Small food items and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Barbecue cooking is allowed only on Independence Day and Labor Day.

Ventnor City
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2024 Beach access fees:
Beach badges are required to access the beach from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

Beach badges are required for all individuals 12 and older.
Badges can be purchased prior to June 1st for $10.00 for the season, and $3.50 for Seasonal Senior Citizens badges.
After May 31st, all badges are available at a rate of $20.00 for the Season.

Badges can be purchased at Ventnor City Hall or on the Beach by any Beach Badge Inspector at the beach entrance. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Please call the Ventnor City Clerk's Office for additional information.
Badges can also be purchased on-line at VIPLY

Public restrooms are available at the public library, the fishing pier, and the tennis courts
Metered parking at New Haven Ave. and Surrey Ave.
Surfing is permitted at Cornwall & Boardwalk Avenues.
Kayaking and Windsurfing is permitted at Portland & Suffolk Avenues.
Surf Fishing is not permitted. 4th of July weekend
Beach Volleyball Courts Located next to the Fishing Pier at Cambridge Avenue and in front of the tennis courts at Somerset Avenue.

BBQs will be permitted on weekends from June through September from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grills only, no open pits. 10am-6pm (Beach Badges Required.) open fire pits not allowed. In addition, the following dates will allow BBQs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Memorial Day Celebrations, Independence Day: July 4 & Labor Day.