Long Beach Island, famous Exit 63 off the Garden State Parkway, is an 18 mile long barrier island located in Ocean County, New Jersey. The Island derives its name from its white sand beaches that stretch the entirety of the 18 miles. LBI was discovered in 1614 by Captain Cornelius Jacobsen May, a Dutch explorer and tradesman. After discovery, the island evolved from important fishing hub to playground for well-to-do men and women. During its history, the island was rattled by a few major hurricanes, including the largest in 1944. A famous photograph of a home slowly falling victim to this hurricane is hung in many stores, restaurants, and hotels on the island today.
Nowadays, Long Beach Island's numerous tourists attractions and white sandy beaches make LBI a huge tourist spot. The summer months are busiest, "the season" ranging from mid-May through Chowda Fest in October. The majority of the island shuts down during the winter months. Although evolved from the 1950's days of full-coverage bathingsuits, LBI is certainly still a playground of sorts.
The Island itself is covered with million dollar houses both old and new. It has become not only a historical landmark, but a place for people of all ages to come and enjoy. Aside from the days spent on the beautiful soft-sanded beach, are the days that can be spent doing many other fun activities. Along the island are many miniature golf courses that are fun for all ages. They offer a fun environment for families, while keeping things affordable with many group and family discount deals. If the weather is nice and the beach is crowded, head over to the water park where there are multiple slides and pools where kids can swim and be supervised by lifeguards while parents lounge and relax. One of the most famous family oriented activities is Fantasy Island. A small amusement park where kids and families can enjoy the rides and the games day and night.
If kids are not in the picture, the island features many bars that have lively night life and a bus to transport people back to their houses all night. The Ketch, is a bar that has not only a good crowd, but special nights for teens to get out of the house and be social. If you want a casual night out, head down the Bay Village and browse through the shops and get some ice cream, this small village is a great night activity whether its a family outing or a night with friends. The fun of Long Beach Island is that the fun never stops. Aside from the bars that stay open until around two, is the famous Chicken or the Egg which was featured on "Man vs Food" for their famous ludicrous hot wings. Wether you go into the "CHEGG" at 1 in the afternoon or 3 in the morning, you will always find a crowded dining room and welcoming service.
Long Beach Island diminishes the "Jersey Shore" stereotype. It is filled with families and beaches that wont overcrowd and can make for a promising relaxing day. If you prefer to get up and go instead of lounge on the sand, there are many surf shacks throughout the Island that offer surfing lessons and board rentals for people of all ages. There are even areas where you can rent beach toys instead of hauling that 20 pound bag of shovels across the sand. Long Beach Island is the classy Jersey Shore filled with fun activities to make it an annual vacation spot.
Historically, it was possible to get to Long Beach Island by train, bus, or car. Now, the choice has been effectively limited to car. There is bus service, but they are limited, expensive, and/or complex.
Long Beach Island is the perfect embodiment of American car culture. So it is almost certain you will be driving your own car to the island.
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 63. Then, take Route 72 E onto the Island. From there, you will want Long Beach Boulevard, which is the main street going the entire length of the inhabited parts of the island. There will be a toll at the exit.
Take US Route 9 to the exit marked Route 72. Then, take Route 72 onto the Island. From there, you will want Long Beach Boulevard, which is the main street going the entire length of the inhabited parts of the island. As a US Highway, there is no toll.
As of 2007, there is direct bus service to the Island by TransportAzumah. Alternatively, you can take a bus to nearby Manahawkin and then a taxi or rental car to the island.
TransportAzumah, a private bus service, will take you directly from New York City or Newark Airport to various stops on the Island. It only runs during the peak summer period from late June to early October. There is only one bus per day each direction and the ticket costs $40 for adults and $30 for students under 18 (with ID). The route is TAZ10. 347-927-0750
Once on the Island, there are not many ways to get around besides private car. There is no public transportation. Depending on which hotel you stay at, they may offer transportation services. If you are not staying at a hotel and need to get around, you can use a taxi service. The Island is very strict with drunk driving, so when you go out at night, make sure you have a ride back to where ever you are staying. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Another way to get around the island is by renting bicycles. Throughout the streets, there are bicycle lanes, so it is very safe to get around. You can bring your own, or there are many places to rent them.
The BoardWalk, 2306 South Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-3298, . edit
A.J.'s Rentals, 311 South Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-2626. edit
Faria's Surf/Sport (Beach Haven), 823 North Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-0200, . Faria's offers many different rentals besides bikes. Use the website to find all the information you need.edit
Surf Buggy, 1414 Long Beach Blvd, ☎ 609 361 3611, . The website offers the prices for bikes as well as many different beach items. Prices are listed per hour, day, 3-days, and week. If you are worried about spending money, you may want to rent from The BoardWalk instead, they have cheaper prices.edit
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, (Take Long Beach Blvd north and make a left onto Broadway), ☎ (609) 494-2016, . Park open during daylight all year. Lighthouse open daily 10am-4:30pm (weather permitting) Memorial Day-Labor Day. Climb the famous lighthouse at the northern tip of LBI! And see a wonderful view of the coast and island itself. Also read this article for more info.Park: Free, Lighthouse: $1. edit
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, (Take Long Beach Blvd all the way south (it becomes S Bay Ave)), ☎ (609) 652-1665 (email@example.com, fax: (609) 652-1474), . Visit the LBI part of the Refuge to see nature with minimal human interference. The Refuge is only accessible by walking, once you park at the end of S Bay Ave.edit
Long Beach Island Historical Museum, Engleside Ave and Beach Ave, ☎ (609) 492-0700, . Daily 10am-4pm, Wed 7-9pm also (summer only). Explore the history of the Jersey Shore, with a focus on LBI. The museum has an extensive postcard collection to look at and many artifacts. Most notable is the exhibit featuring the SS Morro Castle disaster. You can also try out a real ship engine telegraph!$3 donation. edit
Beach, (Go east from anywhere on the island.). Lifeguards on duty during daylight until 4 or 5pm. Swim/surf/body board in-between designated flags.Badges range in price depending on type and location. Season badges range from $18 - $30. Weekly badges can be anywhere from $15 - $20 and daily badges are usually $5 - $6. Tags for adults age 65 or older are discounted or free; badges for children under 12 are not required. Badges are on sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at the Borough Hall. Badge checkers will sell badges on the beach as well, but usually not until the last week in June.. edit
Fantasy Island Amusement Park, 320 Seventh Street, Beach Haven, ☎ (609) 492-4000 (fax: (609) 492-3512), . Fantasy Island is a place for rides, games, arcades, food and ice-cream. It is appropriate for your 4 yr-old or your grandmother. Fantasy Island is a more family orientated place so the rides aren't exactly "extreme thrillers". The amusement park offers rides such as a merry-go-round, bumper cars, the "Sea Dragon", tea cups and more. Although Fantasy Island is a fun and entertaining place, they do not offer large roller coasters.Admission, Entertainment: Free; Rides: 75¢/token, 3-5 tokens/ride; Arcade: Games vary, but use quarters. edit
Thundering Surf Water Slide & Squirt Works (Waterpark), 8th St. & Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-0869, . 9:30 am to 6 pm. Thundering Surf Water Slide & Squirt Works is a fun family water park that consists of many wet attractions. Thundering Surf includes eight giant water-slides, the "Cowabunga Beach" which is a kids play area, a giant water bucket, "Flowrider Double" which is a wave surfing stimulator and a lazy river. Thundering Surf also includes a mini adventure which is customers find to be a great family activity. $24-26; $10 for Seniors. edit
There are hundreds of shops up and down the Island, ranging in size and mainly along Long Beach Boulevard.
Atlantic Books, 500 North Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-2068, . Daily 8AM-10PM. edit
Bay Village, 9th St and Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-2800, . Built in 1965, Bay Village is meant to look like a 19th century village. It has several shops, restaurants, and the Island famous Country Kettle Fudge and Crust and Crumb Bakery.edit
B&B Department Store, 9th St. & Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-3050. B&B Department Store sells a wide variety of items. The store is mostly known for selling low priced yet stylish womens clothing but they also offer a selection of mens and childrens clothing. B&B also sells Long Beach Island souvenirs and beach supplies. There are several locations of the B&B Department store on the island. They are usually crowded because the B&B chain is extremely popular. edit
Hand's Department Store, 14th and Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-2385, . Sells all sorts of goods like an old-fashioned general store. Everything from clothing, souvenirs, some foods, tools, beach supplies, and more. Think of Wal-Mart, but smaller and more expensive. Hand's has pretty much everything you will need while on LBI.edit
Island Sun Jewelers, 811 North Bay Ave (Located across from Fantasy Island and to the left one block), ☎ (609) 492-1165, . Island Sun sells mainly clothing, but also jewelry, souvenirs, postcards, beach supplies, and even hermit crabs.edit
Ron Jon Surf Shop, 801 Central Avenue, ☎ (609) 494-8844 (Info@rjss.com), . Daily 8am-11pm. The famous Ron Jon Surf Shop started in LBI, but only maintains one store here. Nonetheless, this huge store is full of surfing and other ocean equipment to ensure you have a great time at the beach. Ron Jon Surf Shop also includes laid back surf apparel for men, women and children. The prices are reasonable and the brand is popularly known on the island. The Ron Jon company not only sponsors professional surfers but also many events for causes on the island. edit
Silver Sun Mall, 3rd St and Bay Ave. The Silver Sun Mall is a small agglomeration of shops in one building. They sell mainly clothing, souvenirs, toys, and beach supplies.edit
If you love to eat, you’ve come to the right island! Long Beach Island is packed with restaurants and eateries from Lighthouse to Inlet, with the majority of them centralized in Beach Haven, Surf City, and Harvey Cedars. Many restaurants do not take reservations and some can have waits as long as 3 hours for a meal, so timing is key when it comes to dining on LBI. Because rentals change over on Saturdays, avoid going out to eat Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Optimum days to dine out are Thursdays and Fridays, when most tourists are devouring the leftovers they have in their refrigerators before departing. Bon appetite!
Fred’s Beach Haven Diner, 2404 S. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-6202. Mid April-early October, M-F 7AM-2PM. Sa-Su 8AM-2PM, 6PM-9PM. Taking up an entire block on the boulevard, Fred’s is a huge restaurant. Part diner, complete with counter and tiny jukeboxes, part carpeted dining room, Fred’s has a huge breakfast and lunch menu, complete with all the classics. The corn beef hash made Fred famous, and yes, the restaurant is really named after its true owner. To avoid an hour-or-more wait, make sure to arrive before 9:30AM or after 11:30AM. Reservations are not taken and indoor seating only. Parking on the boulevard is always packed near Fred’s, so parking the car up by the beach and walking down to the main drag works best. BYO.$9-$20. edit
Scojo’s Restaurant, 307 N. Bay Ave, Surf City, ☎ (609) 494-8661. May-January, M-Su 8AM-3PM. Located in a house-turned-restaurant, Scojo’s is possibly the most popular breakfast spot north of the Causeway, offering all the traditional breakfast fare ranging from eggs and omelets to pancakes, waffles, and French toast, though not recommended for the claustrophobics in the crowd. Reservations are not taken and waits tend to be over an hour on weekends. Indoor seating only. Scojo's is known for it's delicious breakfast meals but they also serve a great lunch and dinner course. Once again, this restaurant is usually packed so they do offer a considerably quick take-out option to their costumers. $5-$12. edit
Uncle Will’s Pancake House, 3 S. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-2514. April-October, M-F 8:30AM-1PM;S/S 8:30AM-1PM, 5PM-8PM. The only thing more famous than Uncle Will’s food is its around-the-block lines. Uncle Will’s serves traditional breakfast fare, and is particularly famous for its Daily Specials, especially the daily pancakes and French toast variations. Muffins and cinnamon buns made on the premises. Say “Hello!” to the giant ceramic pigs seating at some tables – the pig theme is abundant throughout the entire restaurant. Try to count them all! Parking on the boulevard gets full fast, so park up by the beach and walk down for a bite to eat. Reservations are not taken and Uncle Wills possibly as the longest waits on the island, so go early and spend time in the neighboring bookstore while you wait – the hostess will come find you in Atlantic Books!$5-$17. edit
Bay Village Pizza, 9th Street and Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-4484. Apr-Oct: M-Th 12PM-11PM,F-Su 12PM-12AM. Boasting “the biggest slices in town,” Bay Village Pizza really does serve up slices bigger than your head. The pizza has been voted best on the Island three years running by the local newspapers and the fresh-cut, seasoned French fries are a big hit, too. Bay Village Pizza offers take-out. Outdoor seating only, place orders at the counter. Parking is tough because its located in Bay Village – so park, shop, and then grab a bite.$3-$6. edit
Bistro 14, 9th Street, ☎ (609) 492 6100. Apr-Oct: M-Su 12PM-11PM. Located upstairs in Bay Village (the restaurant gets its name from the fourteen steps customers voyage up). The spacious restaurant has tons of windows and an outdoor balcony, all which offer great views of Bay Village and the water park. People watchers love sitting outside at Bistro 14. Burgers, salads, and seafood baskets complete with French fries and big hits. Complete raw bar, reasonably priced. The bistro is best for lunch, but also open for dinner and offers indoor and outdoor seating. Park in the Bay Village parking lots.$10-$22. edit
Broadway Pizza, 1718 N. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 494-7281. May-Sep: M-Su 11AM-12AM. French fries, burgers, hotdogs, pizza and other grilled goodies.$2-$6. edit
Country Kettle Chowda, 800 N. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-2800. May-Oct, M-Su Noon-10PM. Manhattan and New England style chowder (pronounced “chowda”), served in a sourdough bread bowl or not is the only thing on the menu, besides the daily soup option. Minimal outdoor seating is offered, located among the shops in the Village.$3-$5.. edit
The Gazebo, Schooner’s Wharf (Go all the way to the far end of the Wharf and you will see it.), ☎ (609) 492-5811. May-Oct: Daily Noon-10PM. Burgers and pizza, coffee and soft drinks offered. Full sushi bar, reasonably priced. Indoor and outdoor seating, The Gazebo is a great lunch option during a day of shopping. The restaurant is also open for dinner.$6-$14. edit
The Holiday Snack Bar, 401 Centre Street, ☎ (609) 492-4544. Mid May-late Aug: Daily 11AM-9PM. Take a seat at the giant, singular wrap-around counter in this small restaurant and talk up the other patrons! Home-style burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, fries, onion rings make up the menu. Portions run small, on account of the joint being a “Snack Bar,” but are very reasonably priced. Homemade cakes for dessert; they can be ordered a week in advance for parties, too. The Holiday is great for kids, but not to large parties of 6 or more.$2-$8. edit
Inlet Deli, 33 W. 4th St, ☎ (609) 494-3049. May-Aug: 5:30 AM-6PM. Steps outside of Barnegat Light State Park, Inlet Deli offers casual deli fare and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Inlet Deli has larger facilities than most other casual dining options and is air conditioned in the summer months. If you're on the far north end of the island, there is no better place to stop for lunch. If you're planning a day on the water, order a few sandwiches to pack in the cooler for later in the day.$4-$11. edit
A Little Bite of Italy Deli, 1419 Long Beach Blvd, ☎ (609) 361-0506. Open all year round.. A local Italian deli that serves pizza, baked goods, soups and salads.edit
Boathouse Restaurant, 13015 West Ave, ☎ (609) 492-1997. Jun-Aug: Daily 5PM-11:30PM. Overlooking the bay, the Boathouse offers a large menu with a wide selection of surf and turf options. The wait tends to be long on the weekends, so weekdays are a better bet. Reservations are taken, which makes this restaurant a great options for large parties.$18-$42. edit
The Chicken or the Egg (The Chegg), 207 N. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-FOWL. May-Oct: Daily Open 24 Hours. Situated near the southern end of Beach Haven, "The Chegg" is the only 24-hour joint around. Popular with families for the basic three meals, the restaurant has a huge menu with all the typical diner favorites. All meals served all day. The Chegg is also the most popular hangout for intoxicated partiers after-hours. Stop by if you’ve had a few for a good time after midnight. BYO.$8-$15. edit
Howard’s, 33rd Street and S. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-2319. May-Sep: Daily 5PM-11PM. Howard’s overlooks a marina and serves an array of seafood dishes in an up-scale setting. Business casual attire is best; great service. To avoid the crowds, try showing up closer to 5PM; the restaurant does not take reservations.$19-$45. edit
Joey’s Pizza, 8106 S. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 361-1122. Apr-Sep: M-F Noon-10:30PM, Sa-Su Noon-11PM. Notice Joey’s clever signs that change weekly while driving the boulevard – it’s nearly impossible to miss, as most traffic slows to read and have a laugh. Casual atmosphere with classic Italian favorites: Appetizers, pastas, and pizza. Enjoy watching the pizza slide through their unique oven on the conveyer belt. Avoid this joint after it has rained – its nicknamed “Joey’s Underwater Pizza” because the corner floods like not other place on the island after rain. Of course, the restaurant will still be open, so if you don’t mind wet feet, head on over! Joey’s also provides take-out, which is the more popular option.$12-$18. edit
Oasis Grill, 8001 N. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 361-0111. May-Sep: M-Sa Noon-9PM. Serving up typical grill fare, Oasis is famous for their burgers. Indoor and outdoor seating; order at the counter.$6-$14. edit
The Plantation, 7908 S. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 494-8191. Year round: M-F 5PM-10PM, Apr-Sep until 11PM. Styled like a Southern plantation home, The Plantation serves up unique, Southern inspired cuisine. The restaurant is two floors, with best seating downstairs. Reservations are a must-have for anyone who is not willing to wait hours to dine. This restaurant could be considered one of the higher class restaurants on the island. Although business casual attire is appropriate, many dress a bit fancier. The Plantation excels in their great service to their costumers. The restaurant offers a coat check and valet parking.$35-$65. edit
Roberto’s Dolce Vita, 12907 N. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492 1001, . May-Sep: M-F 5PM-10PM. Sa-Su 5PM-11PM. Authentic Italian food accompanied by great service. Business casual attire appropriate; reservations are not taken. Weekdays are best to avoid the crowds. Parking can be tough – parking on a side street near by is recommended. BYO.$21-$43. edit
Tucker’s, Engleside at the Bay, ☎ (609) 492-2300. Year round: Daily 11AM-11PM. This spacious restaurant located by the bay in Beach Haven offers a wide variety of all-American cuisine. The chef’s specialty appetizer, fried tomatoes, has become a huge hit with locals and visitors alike in recent years. A kids menu is available. Shuffleboard and popcorn are available near the bar during the summer season. Indoor and outdoor seating available – check out the Black Whale tour boat parked in the bay nearby if seated on the patio. Reservations are taken at Tuckers.$14-$40. edit
Yellow Fin, 104 N. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 494-7001. May-Oct: Daily 5PM-11PM. A small, upscale restaurant on the northern end of Surf City, Yellow Fin offers an array of specialty seafood dishes. Casual business attire appropriate.$25-$45. edit
LBI has a great night life. There are numerous bars to choose from. Most of the bars require casual attire.
Buckalew's Restaurant & Tavern, 101 Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492-1865. Open year round. Traditional Jersey atmosphere.edit
Daddy O's, 4401 Long Beach Blvd, ☎ (609) 494-1300. open year round. Largest bar on the island. Stylish and casual, upscale so the prices are higher.edit
Gateway, 8th St. Causeway, ☎ (609) 494-1661. Local bar, karaoke, Weird Al impersonator comes on occasionedit
The Hudson House. Tucked away on a residential street in Beach Haven, "The Hud" offers drinks of all kind and a great atmosphere.edit
Joe Pop's Shore Bar & Restaurant, 20th St. and Long Beach Blvd, ☎ (609) 494 0558. Local bands every night, dance floor, pool tables, air hockey, shuffle board, darts, and video games.edit
The Ketch, 2nd Street & Dock Rd, ☎ (609) 492 3000. 18 to party 21 to drink, 2 levels: upper level is strictly for those who are 21 and the lower level is open to the 18 - 21. A teen night is hosted once a week for those who are under 21.edit
The Marlin, 2 S. Bay Ave, ☎ (609) 492 7700. Dress up attire is preferred; pool tables, bar, live entertainment.edit
Nardi's, 118th Street & Long Beach Blvd, ☎ (609)492-9538. Has a pink drunk bus that picks up and drops off. Local & live bands.edit
The Quarterdeck Inn & Restaurant, 351 W. 9th St, ☎ (609) 494-9055. Recently renovated. Thursday Nights: 'LBI's Best Original Band Night' $1 Miller Light pints and $3 cover. Friday: $2 shots and $1 Miller Light pints all night long. Saturday: $2 shots all night longedit
Sea Shell Club & Restaurant, 10 S Atlantic Ave, ☎ (609) 492-4611. Drinks are served all day. There are 2 entrances; one is right off the beach or the main entrance. Shoes are optional. Live bands play throughout the day, drinks are served at the tiki bar, drinks can be taken to the pool, or drinks can be brought to the beach. At night the bar is outside and inside. The inside has a dance floor. Thursday nights are 'Thunder Thursdays' Dollar shots and Dollar Coors lights.edit
Spray Beach Inn, 24th St. & Ocean Ave, ☎ (609) 492-1500. 'LBI's best kept secret' right off the beach with and indoor & outdoor bar. Friendly environment. Happy Hour M-F 3PM-7PM.edit
Terrace Tavern, 1 Long Beach Blvd, ☎ (609) 492-9751. Sports bar, with 40 different types of tequila.edit
Many people rent a house through one of many rental agencies. Houses can be rented by the week usually and come in all kinds. Keep in mind the landlords can be very particular about their house integrity remaining uncompromised and it is not uncommon for them to drive by to see if the house is in order. You may not even notice they drove by.
G Anderson, 12001 Long Beach Blvd, ☎ (609) 492-1277 or 800-999-1944 (toll free) (fax: (609) 492-1988), . edit
JerSea Realty, 2815 Long Beach Blvd, ☎ (609) 492-1666. edit
Some homeowners rent their houses without going through a realtor. For those cases, check out websites like VRBO or craigslist. If using craigslist, be very careful, talk on the phone with the homeowner to make certain that it is not a scam.
For less hassle, you can choose from many hotels or bed and breakfasts on the island:
Buccaneer Motel, 2600 North Bay Avenue, ☎ (609) 492-4582 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The Buccaneer is one of the few hotels on the bay side of the Island. It has an indoor and an outdoor pool, both heated, as well as a jacuzzi. In addition, there is a rooftop deck for you to relax. You can also rent a boat or tie up your own at their private dock.In season: $76-$275; Off season: $65-$180. edit
Mariner Inn, 33rd St and Long Beach Blvd. checkin: 11AM; checkout: 3PM. edit
Mariner Motel/Spray Beach Inn, 24th St and Ocean Ave, ☎ (609) 492-1235 or 1501 (spray@LBIinns.com, fax: (609) 492-0504), . Actually two adjacent motels, the Mariner Motel and Spray Beach in also has a pool.$55-$224. edit
The Island Guest House, 207 Third Street, ☎ (609) 709-5791 or 877-LBI-STAY (toll free) (email@example.com), . Located in the heart of Beach Haven and just a few blocks from the ocean, this bed and breakfast is in a restored building that was built around 1900. Owners Mark and Joanne will cater to your every need and provide a homemade breakfast every morning from 8:30-9:30AM. In the afternoon, there is iced tea and some home baked treat. There are 15 rooms, some of which can be used as two-room suites, as well as an adjacent cottage that sleeps four. Free WIFI.$175-$349. edit