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Beach Haven

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The Borough of Beach Haven, one of the two planned resort communities on Long Beach Island (see Barnegat Light), was founded in 1874. Today, it is still the most well known and popular destination on the island. There are many restored Victorian homes, and several operate as Bed and Breakfasts. Shopping is a popular pastime as Beach Haven has many small shops and shopping centers. The Island's only amusement center is located in Beach Haven, and of course, there's the beautiful beach. Also, a fine marina is located on Little Egg Harbor Bay.

Beach Haven has a year round population of about 1475. This number swells into several thousands during the Summer.

The Long Beach Island Historical Association runs a museum at Beach and Engleside Avenues. Once a church, the building contains many interesting exhibits and informative photographs regarding the island's history. Walking tours of the area and seminars are given every week during the Summer Season.

Municipal Offices
Borough Hall
300 Engleside Avenue
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Phone: (609) 492-0111
Fax: (609) 492-6262
Official Web Site:

The Municiple Offices, Police Station and Volunteer Fire Department are all located on West Engleside Avenue just off of Bay Avenue (Long Beach Boulevard). Just look for the community's water tower. Call (609) 492-0111 for information concerning Beach Tags or special events.

You can reach the beach from any side street. Centre Street has the best access because of the deck, which has a wheelchair ramp.  The borough does own several beach wheelchairs.  Pavillions at Fifth and Pearl Streets provide shady places to rest.

Pets, alcohol and picnics are not permitted on the beach. Small snacks are allowed, as long as you clean up after yourself. Ball throwing, badminton, and horseshoes are allowed if the beach is not crowded, except between the flags marking swimming only areas. Ask the Lifeguards about any other regulations including surfing areas.

Because of development, the bayside has no real beach.  There is a kiddie beach located on the bay at Taylor Avenue, along with a playarea and basketball court. Beach badges are required.  A part-time life guard is usually there during peak hours.


Season: June 15 through Labor Day
Where To Purchase: Borough Hall
Checkers on the Beach
Center Street Badge Booth
Call (609) 492-0111 for Information.
Prices: Pre-Season (Before June 24): $30
Seasonal: $40
Weekly: $20
Daily: $5
Children Under 12: $Free
Seniors (65+): $Free
Adults 65 and older are required to have a specially designated permanent badge issue to them upon proof of age.

A good place to park can be hard to find during the season.  Be careful about parking in front of private residences on the side streets.  Centre, Engleside and Coral are your best best for street parking.  Public parking lots are located near the Bay Village shopping plaza, on Taylor Avenue, on Dock Road and at various locations along the bay.

Facilities are available on Centre Street and on Dock Road on the bay side.   Restrooms are also located in Schooner's Wharf and the Bay Village area.

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