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Long Beach IslandUnited States of America

Hop between a collection of attractive seaside townships and popular surf spots at the center of the Jersey Shore coastline. 

Long Beach Island is a utopia for beach lovers, courting couples, families, partygoers and surfers. Discover the individual character of over half a dozen towns that spread along the 18-mile-long (29-kilometer) barrier island of Long Beach Island. Here stylish homes look out over waves crashing on the seashore and boats offer fishing tours from oceanfront marinas. Bars and restaurants line a central boulevard and a nature reserve teems with wildlife.

At the island’s northern tip is Barnegat Light, where vegetation-covered dunes spill down to the pristine white sand of Atlantic Ocean Beachfront. Stroll along a scenic pier at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park and climb to the top of Barnegat Lighthouse. Parasailing excursions, party boats and sport fishing tours depart from Lighthouse Marina. Marvel at the luxurious mansions and watch beautiful sunsets in Harvey Cedars.

Surf City and Ship Bottom stand on either side of the causeway connecting to the mainland and are popular with daytrippers. Appropriately, Surf City is a great place to take surf lessons and ride rolling waves. Visit the bars, design stores, galleries, restaurants and surf shops on Long Beach Boulevard. To the south, Brant Beach and Long Beach Township offer similar activities at a slower pace.

Make your way to Beach Haven, the island’s action-packed and youthful entertainment center. Fantasy Island Amusement Park and Thundering Surf Water and Adventure Golf are major attractions. Browse maritime artifacts at the New Jersey Maritime Museum. October’s annual LBI Fly International Kite Festival takes place here and at other beaches.

For something different, visit Holgate Wilderness Area, which forms part of the larger Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Walk the deserted beaches, observe coastal vegetation and spot birdlife such as American oystercatchers and black skimmers.

Long Beach Island is 70 miles (110 kilometers) east of Philadelphia. The free LBI Shuttle bus makes getting between the townships easy without a car. Alternatively, travel via rented bike; it’ll take about 90 minutes to cross the entire island.

Top Hotels in Long Beach Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel LBI
Hotel LBI
3.5 out of 5
350 W 8th St, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven, NJ
$351
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 4

Located in Ship Bottom, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Hartland Miniature Golf & Arcade and 2.5 mi (3.9 km) from Brant Beach. Bay Village and Thundering ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (184 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel! Great staff. Enjoyed our stay there and would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Hotel LBI
Drifting Sands Oceanfront Hotel
Drifting Sands Oceanfront Hotel
2.5 out of 5
119 E 9th St, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven, NJ
$119
per night
May 1 - May 2

Nestled on the beach, this Ship Bottom motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Long Beach, Sandbar Golf, and Hartland Miniature Golf & Arcade. Brant Beach and Brighton ...

3.9/5Good! (353 reviews)

"I like the ocean front location and very close to the beach and calm ,"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Drifting Sands Oceanfront Hotel
Spray Beach Hotel
Spray Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
2401 Atlantic Ave, Beach Haven, NJ

Nestled on the beach, this North Beach Haven inn is just steps from Long Beach and Spray Beach. Haven Beach and Bay Village are also within 1 mi (2 km).

4.1/5Very Good! (196 reviews)

"I was there "off season" so it was very quiet, but that is what I wanted! I love how it's right on the beach."…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Spray Beach Hotel

Popular things to do in Long Beach Island

Barnegat Lighthouse
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Barnegat Lighthouse

4.5/5(56 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Barnegat Light when you stop by Barnegat Lighthouse. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Long Beach
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Long Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Long Beach during your trip to Beach Haven? While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

Boardwalk Hall
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Boardwalk Hall

4/5(1,489 reviews)

See one of the world’s largest musical instruments and the stage the Beatles once played on at Atlantic City’s premier entertainment venue.

Jenkinson's Boardwalk
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Jenkinson's Boardwalk

4.5/5(247 reviews)

When you visit Jenkinson's Boardwalk, a popular shopping spot in Point Pleasant Beach, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Seaside Heights Beach
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Seaside Heights Beach

4.5/5(237 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Seaside Heights Beach, a popular beach in Seaside Heights. Amble around the area's seaside or visit its waterparks.

Casino Pier
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Casino Pier

4.5/5(200 reviews)

Enjoy classic boardwalk fun at Seaside Heights’ perennially popular amusement park and oceanfront pier.

Top activities in Long Beach Island

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Jersey
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New Jersey

$10
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of New Jersey
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of New Jersey

$10
Per adult
Atlantic City Scavenger Hunt: All Bets Are Off: Atlantic City Bar Crawl
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Atlantic City Scavenger Hunt: All Bets Are Off: Atlantic City Bar Crawl

$20
Per adult
Atlantic City Scavenger Hunt: Roll The Dice In America's Playground
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Atlantic City Scavenger Hunt: Roll The Dice In America's Playground

$20
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New Jersey
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of New Jersey

$20
Per adult
Private Transfer: Atlantic City to JFK or Laguardia Airports
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Private Transfer: Atlantic City to JFK or Laguardia Airports

$92
Per adult