Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island is an island in New Jersey.

History

Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach Island

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 1950s days of full-coverage bathingsuits, LBI is certainly still a playground of sorts.

Get in

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.

By car

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.

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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.

By bus

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

New Jersey Transit provides service from Newark, New York City, and Philadelphia to Manahawkin. From there, you will need to take a taxi to the Island. This will always involve two buses and a taxi.

From New York City or Newark, take bus #67 or #319 to Toms River, then bus #559 to Manahawkin.

From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, take bus #551 to Atlantic City, NJ, then bus #559 to Manahawkin.

Taxis

Long Beach Island: 609-492-2287
Ocean County: 609-698-1313
Phone: 609-693-2939
Toll Free: 877-693-2939
Phone: 609-607-1600
609-494-CABS(2227)
Serving LBI and surrounding area

Get around

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.

Bike

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.

Taxi

There are three different taxi services depending on where you are located.

See

Do

The beach

Arts and Crafts

Boating & Water Sports

Mini-Golf

Minigolf is a popular thing to do on LBI and there are several courses to try out.

Movies

It may seem odd to go to the movies while on vacation, but many tourists to LBI do.

Spas

Buy

There are hundreds of shops up and down the Island, ranging in size and mainly along Long Beach Boulevard.

Eat

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!

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Dessert

Drink

LBI has a great night life. There are numerous bars to choose from. Most of the bars require casual attire.

Sleep

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.

Hotels

For less hassle, you can choose from many hotels or bed and breakfasts on the island:

Bed and Breakfasts

Go next

Atlantic City is about 65 miles south of LBI. Long Beach Island Events and Entertainment

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