Ocean County Beaches

Ocean County Beaches

Discover the Best 2021 New Jersey Ocean County Beaches:
Includes Beach Badges, Restrooms, Boardwalks

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 2021.

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 - This family friendly boardwalk is alive with Jenkinson's Amusement park and Jenkins Aquarium for kids, and evening night life with Martell's Tiki Bar and Jenks Club for the 21+ crowd

Seaside Heights - One of the few NJ shore destinations with a ferris wheel, roller coaster, ski lift, a water park, and lots of rides and food stands, and more.

Ocean County Beaches with
Small, Less Commercial Boardwalks

Island Beach State Park - One of NJ's smallest and nature friendly boardwalks. At one-tenth-mile-long the boardwalk, referred to as the Fisherman's Walkway trail, it connects Barnegat Bay and the ocean beach, winding through American holly, pitch pine, bayberry and beach plum.

Lavallette - A 1.24 mile boardwalk is totally without commercial, honky tonk shops, midway along the boardwalk is a shaded pavilion with seating.

Ortley Beach - A small, laid back boardwalk with no attractions, shops, or places to eat.

Seaside Park - Located just south of Seaside Heights, this boardwalk is more laid back than Seasidxe Heights, though it has a small variety of of arcade games and food stands.

NJ Beaches and Boardwalks are currently open with some restrictions. Social distancing, as a minimum is expected to be enforced. This year, beachgoers are advised to check the on-line status of the beach before visiting the beach of your choice, to ensure the restrictions are clearly understood before venturing out.

Ocean County Beaches

Barnegat Light
Guarded Bay Beach at 25th St. & Bayview.
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2021 Beach access fees
Purchase your badges in advance on the Viply app.
Daily $5, Weekly $22, Preseason seasonal pass $30 if purchased before June 5, $40 after. Badges purchased on the beach front are $1 extra. Badges required for 12 and over.
During the season the Beach Badge Booth is open every day from 8:00am until 6:00pm or badges can be purchased on the beach from a Badge Checker.
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.

Brick Township
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2021 Beach access fees:
Beach badges can be purchased at the Brick Township Recreation Office, 270 Chambers bridge Road.
Daily: $8. 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. Veterans are invited to enjoy Brick Township’s beaches admission-free.

Season parking stickers are $30, and daily parking is $5.
Brick Township operates three ocean beaches and one riverfront beach at Windward Beach Park. All beaches are open from Memorial Day – Labor Day and are staffed 7 days a week from mid-June through Labor Day. Beach hours of operation are 8:45am – 4:45pm. Beach badges are required for access to all beaches.
Brick Beach One is located at 310 Route 35 North. Amenities include outdoor shower heads, concessions, lockers, parking and restrooms
Brick Beach Two is located at 354 Route 35 North. There are no concessions, bathrooms or parking at this beach. To access Brick Beach Two, you must park at either Beach One or Three and walk to Brick Beach II.
Brick Beach Three is located at 440 Route 35 North.  The beach has restrooms, showers, concessions and lockers.
Windward Beach is located at 265 Princeton Avenue. Amenities include playgrounds, volleyball nets, restrooms, fishing and crabbing piers, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, picnic tables and a gazebo.
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.
Individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to reserve a specially designed wheelchair that will provide easy access to Brick Beach I, Brick Beach III and Windward Beach.  Call 732-262-1184 for information or to reserve a chair on a first come first serve basis.

Island Beach State Park
(732) 793-0506
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The Beach is open, but the park's office, Nature Center and restrooms will remain closed until further notice.
2021 Beach Access fees:
Beach access is free. You are required to pay a per vehicle entry fee when you enter Island Beach State Park.
Vehicle fees: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend Sat, Sun, holidays 7 A.M. - 8 P.M.
Weekdays: $6 (Resident), $12(non Resident)
Weekends/Holidays: $10 (Resident), $20 (non-resident)
Off season everyday 8 A.M. - dusk $5.00, $10.00 (non-resident)
The entry fee for Motorcyclists is $5.00, ($7.00 non-rsident) 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 managment.
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.

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The Beach Badge Office will be operating out of the little league concession stand again for 2021. Located at the corner of Jersey City Ave and Baltimore Ave (next to the Upper Shores Library)
2021 Beach access fees:
No fee for children under the age of twelve (12) years. $60.00 per person, per season. $20.00 per person for the entire bathing season for any person whom is 65 years of age or over. $35.00 per person per week or fraction thereof. A "week" is defined as the period from Saturday through the following Saturday.
$12.00 per person for each daily badge.
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. Along the highway there are sections of two hour parking, please keep this in mind when parking along the highway. Handicap Accessible spots available all throughout the town and at the oceanfront on several streets, the most being on the wide streets of Trenton, New York, Philadelphia, & President Avenues.
A sticker is required on motor vehicles parked in any of the Municipal parking lots on the bay front In effect during the bathing season as established in § 7-9B. Car Stickers are $10.00 and must be permanently affixed to the driver's side rear window. Parking Stickers $10.00 Stickers are available at the Beach Badge Office.

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
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Seasonal beach badges may only be purchased at the Long Beach Township Beach Badge sales locations. Daily & Weekly badges can be purchased at either the LBT Beach Badge Office, on 68th Street in Brant Beach, or on the beach from one of our Beach Badge Checkers (in-season June 19 – September 6).
2021 Beach access fees:
Seasonal Beach Badge $45, . 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 $10. 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
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2021 Beach access fees:
Daily - $10 weekdays, Daily $11 weekends and holidays, Weekly- $35, Half Season- $25, & Full Season - $60
Children 12 or under and local (Tom's River or Ortley Beach) Seniors 62 and over do not need a beach badge.
Beach fees are waived for all active U.S. military, military reservists and military retirees, their spouses or civil union partners and dependent children. You must present a valid military identification card to receive your beach badge.

Beach Badges 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.

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)
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To buy beach basges visit any beach entrance or ticket office on the Boardwalk
2021 Beach access fees: (Jenkinson Beach)
Daily-Weekdays- $3 (children 5-11), $11.00 (children 12-adult), children under 5 are free.
Weekends- $4 (children 5-11), $12.00 (children 12-adult), children under 5 are free.
Full seasonal pass, - $110,(ages 12-adult). Half seasonal pass (ages 12-adult) $80, (children 5-11) $35.

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
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Beach control operations are located on the Boardwalk at Kearney Avenue. The staff includes dozens of beach attendants and cashiers.
2021 Beach access fees
Daily fee - $9 ocean, $5 bay beches. 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 - $15 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.

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
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Badge sales will be both in person at our boardwalk location between N and O Streets AND online. Online sales can be redeemed at the same location.
2021 Beach access fees:
Seasonal Beach tags are $35 before June 1, and $45 after.
Children 11 & Under are Free. Active & retired military are free with proper ID
***Daily badges (not sold until beach badges are required) will be $12***
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
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2021 Beach access fees:
Beach Badges are required at both bay and ocean beaches from mid June through Labor Day.
$35 - Pre-Season until May 31st, $45 - Seasonal beginning June 1st.
Weekly $25 - Daily $10. Seniors 65+ $10. Free for children 12 and younger. Senior Badge (65+)– $10.00 Must be present to purchase with ID
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
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Surf City Beach Badges are ONLY VALID IN SURF CITY, not all of Long Beach Island.
2021 Beach access fees:
Daily $8, Weekly $20, required for ages 12 and up. Seasonal $45
Parking Parking is allowed on Long Beach Blvd. and all side streets unless otherwise posted. Each side street has two handicapped parking spaces at the beach entrance.
Restroom facilities are available at the following locations, changing rooms and showers are not provided:
Behind Borough Hall at 813 Long Beach Boulevard. The 16th Street Bay Beach. The Division Street Boat Ramp.
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.