Long Beach Island
Long Beach Island is a city in New Jersey.
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 entirely 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 bikinis, LBI is certainly still a playground of sorts.
Long Beach Island is about 18 miles long off of the coast of Southern New Jersey. There is only one road leading into and out of the Island, Rt. 72. If you are driving there, that would be the road that you would take. However, if you are using other modes of transportation, you would have to go to Manahawkin and have a car service take you over the bridge. Manahawkin is approximately 7 miles away from Long Beach Island.
From New York City
TransportAzumah, which usually travels between colleges, will be starting to travel from New York City to Long Beach Island over the summer. The busses will start to run on May 23, 2008 (Memorial Day Weekend) and go until September 26, 2008. The first and last months of the summer (May 23rd to June 20th and September 2nd to September 26th) the busses will only run from Friday nights to Sundays. The rest of the summer, however, the bus will run everyday of the week. It is $35 for a one way ticket, and if you are a student or child it is only $20. Here is the link to find more information: http://www.transportazumah.com/TAZ10 or call +1 914 227 3105 (8AM to 2PM).
From New York, or Newark, NJ NJ Transit bus #67 or #319 to Toms River and then NJ Transit bus #559 to Manahawkin After arriving in Manahawkin, you will have to take a car service over to the Island.
From Atlantic City NJ Transit bus #559 to Manahawkin After arriving in Manahawkin, you will have to take a car service over to the Island.
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NJ Transit bus #551 to Atlantic City, NJ Once in Atlantic City, take the same train that is stated above in the “Atlantic City” section. Once in Manahawkin you can take a car service to the Island.
If you have anymore questions, you can go to the NJ Transit website and find your location. The website is: http://www.njtransit.com/hp/hp_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=HomePageTo
From New York City, NY or Newark, NJ There are no trains that go directly from either of these locations to Manahawkin or Atlantic City. It is much easier to take New Jersey Transit, or if it’s the summer, to take TransportAzumah. If you do prefer trains though, you can take a train to Philadelphia and then go to Manahawkin. Below is the information for the train in Philadelphia.
From Philadelphia, PA When leaving from Philadelphia, take Amtrak train to Atlantic City. Than take a bus from Atlantic City to Manahawkin. After arriving in Manahawkin, take a car service to the Island. Website for Amtrak is: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/HomePage
Lacey Transportation Co., P.O. Box 169, Forked River NJ 08731 Phone: Phone: +1 609 693 2939 Toll Free: +1 877 693 2939 Website: http://mysite.verizon.net/bizsvowd/laceytransportation/
Anchor Limousine Service Long Beach Island: +1 609 492 2287 Ocean County: +1 609 698 1313 Website: http://www.anchorlimo.com/
Once on the Island, there are not many ways to get around. There is no public transportation. Depending on which hotel you stay at, they may off 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. There are three different taxi services depending on where you are located. I will give you the phone numbers so that you can write them down and have them.
Express Taxi and Limousine: Ship Bottom; +1 609 492 1616
ACE Cab and Van Service: Beach Haven; +1 609 607 1500
Cannon Taxi Service: Surf City; +1 609 698 7877
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. There are different places to rent them. Here are some of the stores, their phone numbers, and their websites.
The BoardWalk: 2306 South bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ; + 1 609 492 3298 http://www.theboardwalklbi.com/ The website is not set up completely, but it has a link to see the different types of bikes you can rent, and how much it will be per hour, day and week.
A.J.’s Rentals: 311 South Bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ; +1 609 492 2626 They do not have a website however. If you have questions for them, just give them a call!
Farias’ Surf/Sport: 823 North Bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ; +1 609 492 0200 506 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom NJ, +1 609 494 8616. http://www.fariassurf.com/ This store offers many different rentals besides bikes. If you go to the website, you will be able to find all the information you need.
Surf Buggy: 1414 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom, NJ; +1 609 361 3611; http://www.surfbuggylbi.com/. The web site offers the prices for bikes as well as many different beach items. The 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.
Long Beach Island Historical Museum, Engieside & Beach Aves., Beach Haven, +1 609 492 0700. Summer hours: 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm daily plus 10 am-noon on Tues. & Fri.; May, June, Sept. & Oct., 2-4 pm Sat. & Sun.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Barnegat Light, +1 609 494 2016. Lighthouse open 9 am-4:30 pm daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, weekends during May, Sept. & Oct. Park open dawn to dusk all year.
A Paul King County Park, Rtes. 9 & 72, Manahawkin, +1 609 597 5194. Admin., 732-506-9090
Popcorn Park Zoo, Humane Way off Lacey Rd., Forked River, +1 609 693 1900. Open daily, 1-5 pm.
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Great Creek Rd. Oceanville, NJ 08231 Phone: +1 609 652 1665 Fax: +1 609 652 1474 The Wildlife Drive and trails are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. At various times during the year they must close the Wildlife Drive and trails to the public to carry out wildlife management plans, so it is best to check the web site or call prior to visiting.Forsythe
Beach Haven, +1 609 492-0111
Harvey Cedars, +1 609 494-2843
Long Beach Township, +1 609 361-1000 (includes:) Beach Haven Crest / Beach Haven Gardens / Beach Haven Inlet / Beach Haven Park / Beach Haven Terrace / Brant Beach / Brighton Beach / Haven Beach / High Bar Harbour / Holgate / Loveladies / North Beach / North Beach Haven / Peahala Park / South Beach Haven / Spray Beach / The Dunes
Ship Bottom, +1 609 494-2171
Surf City, +1 609 494-3064
Life guards on duty. Swim/surf/body board in-between designated flags.
Badges are required. Costs: 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.
Horizon Sailing 3110 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, +1 609 494 9393
New Jersey Kayak, 409 East Bay Ave., Barnegat, New Jersey 08005 +1 609 698 4440 (LBI rentals, lessons and tours)
Pontoon Rides, 26th St. at the Bay, Ship Bottom, +1 609 494 1212
Thundering Surf Water Slide & Squirt Works, 8th St. & Bay Ave., Beach Haven, +1 609 492 0869 Thundering Surf
Water Sports, 3100 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, +1 609 494 2727
Hartland Miniature Golf & Arcade, 28th St. & Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, +1 609 494 7776
Sutter's Mill Miniature Golf & Upper Deck Batting Cages, 8th St. & Bay Ave., Beach Haven, +1 609 492 0869
Mr Tee's Putt & Play, 226 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, NJ 08008-1763 +1 609 492 8689
Ocean Acres Country Club, Buccaneer Lane, Manahawkin, +1 609 597 9393 This is an 18-hole public course.OACC
Party Boats and Excersions
Sea Gypsy, Beach Haven Yacht Club, Engleside Ave., Beach Haven, +1 609 492 2843
Black Whale, Cruises, boat trips to Atlantic City, Centre St. at the Bay, Beach Haven, +1 609 492 0333
Ecotour Enviromental Kayaking, Kayak tours of Barnegat Bay & estuary habitats, kayak rentals, open year round, 3 Grand Bay Harbor drive, Waretown NJ 08758 +1 609 660 0965
Miss Barnegat Light, Ocean exploration, 18th St. & Bayview, Barnegat Light, +1 609 494 2094
River Lady, Cruise & dinner boat, 1 Robbins Pkwy., Toms River, +1 732 349 8664
Hoyts Beach 4, Long Beach Blvd., Beach Haven Park, +1 609 492 6906
Hoyts Colonial Twin, Bay Ave. & Centre St., Beach Haven, +1 609 492 4450
Hoyts Colony 4, 35th St. & Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, +1 609 494 3330
Hoyts Harbour Twin, Rte. 72 E., Manahawkin, +1 609 597 4949
Freedom, 33rd St and Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ, +1 609 494 6554
Lyceum Health and Fitness Club, 265 W. 8th St., Ship Bottom, NJ, +1 609 494 4393
St. Francis Community Center, 47th St. & Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, +1 609 494 8861. Recreation & educational programs for children & adults; arts, crafts, sports, exercise, special events.
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!
Scojo’s Restaurant 307 N. Bay Ave., Surf City, +1 609 494 8661. May-January, M-Su 8AM-3PM. Scojo’s, located in a house-turned-restaurant, 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. $5-$12.
Uncle Will’s Pancake House 3 S. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, +1 609 492 2514. April-October, M-F 8:30AM-1PM. Sa-Sun 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.
Bistro 14 9th Street, Beach Haven, +1 (609) 492 6100. April-October, M-Su Noon-11PM. Locates upstairs in Bay Village (the restaurant gets its name from the fourteen steps customers voyage up). The spacious restaurant boasts 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.
Broadway Pizza 1718 N. Bay Ave., Surf City, +1 609 494 7281. May-September, M-Su 11AM-Midnight. French fries, burgers, hotdogs, pizza and other grilled goodies. $2-$6.
Country Kettle Chowda 800 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, +1 (609) 492 2800. May-October, 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.
The Gazebo Schooner’s Wharf, Beach Haven, +1 (609) 492 5811. May-October, M-Su 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.
The Holiday Snack Bar 401 Centre Street, Beach Haven, +1 (609) 492 4544. Mid May-late August, M-Su 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.
The Chicken or the Egg 207 N. Bay Ave, Beach Haven +1 (609) 492 FOWL. May-October, M-Su Open 24 Hours. Situated near the southern end of Beach Haven, “The Chegg,” as it is called, is the only 24 joint around. Popular with families for the basic three meals, the restaurant boasts are 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.
Howard’s 33rd Street and S. Bay Ave., Beach Haven Terrace, +1 (609) 492 2319. May-September, M-Su 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.
Joey’s Pizza 8106 S. Bay Ave., Beach Haven Crest, +1 (609) 361 1122. April-September, 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.
Oasis Grill 8001 N. Bay Ave., Harvey Cedars, +1 (609) 361 0111. May-September, 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.
The Plantation 7908 S. Bay Ave., Harvey Cedars, +1 (609) 494 8191. Year round, M-F 5PM-10PM, April-September M-Su 5PM-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 is not willing to wait hours to dine. Business casual attire appropriate. Valet parking available. $35-$65.
Roberto’s Dolce Vita 12907 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven Terrace, +1 (609) 492 1001. May-September, 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.
Tucker’s Engleside at the Bay, Beach Haven, +1 (609) 492 2300. Year round, M-Su 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.
Yellow Fin 104 N. Bay Ave., Surf City, +1 (609) 494 7001. May-October, M-Su 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.
Spray Beach Inn
Surf City Hotel
Rick's American Cafe
Atlantic City is about 65 miles south of LBI.