Beach Haven - Long Beach Island, NJ

Beach Haven, New Jersey

Beach Haven offers more things to do than any other Long Beach Island community. One of the biggest draws, besides the beach, is LBI's only amusement park – Fantasy Island Park. If you need to find a place to eat, a place to stay or just want to go shopping, that is all well covered here too. Once knows as the "Queen city, six the front entrance of the Long Beach Island Museummiles at sea, " Beach Haven is rich with old names, old buildings and a history that serves an important role in defining the town. There are museums, a historic district and a number of other preserved and revered treasures found around town. With all of these attractions it is not surprising that Beach Haven is the busiest place on Long Beach Island.

Long Beach Boulevard is called Bay Avenue here and it is where you will find many of the local businesses. The Thundering Surf Water Slide and Fantasy Island are found on Bay Ave, as are the popular Bay Village and Schooner's Wharf. Somewhat unusual for a LBI town there is also a supermarket, a pharmacy and a hardware store.



Hotels and Motels

There are a number of them around town...

Bed and Breakfasts

There are a number of Victorian homes that are part of the Bed and Breakfast offerings in Beach Haven. Most are located near the historic square where the original Engleside Hotel once stood.


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From fancy to finger licking, take you pick from the following when you are ready to go get a bite to eat. This list is just a sampling and you can find bagel shops, delis and other eateries in Beach Haven.


  • Engleside
    Features three different restaurants: the fine dining Leeward Room, a sushi bar and casual beach dining at the Sand Bar.
    30 Engleside Ave
  • Sea Shell
    The Palm Grill and Palm Restaurant provide two different dining experiences.
    10 S. Atlantic Ave
  • Tucker’s
    Engleside Ave and the Bay
  • Uncle Will’s
    3 S Bay Ave
  • Bucalew’s
    Restaurant, tavern and cafe
    101 N Bay Ave
  • The Gables
    Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and after-theatre suppers
    212 Centre Street
  • Daddy O Hotel
    Lunch and dinner
    4401 Long Beach Blvd
  • The Marlin
    2 South Bay Ave
  • Barry’s Do Me A Flavor
    Ice Cream and more
    309 Centre St
  • Panzones Pizza
    Pizza, pasta and more
    11th and Boulevard

    the entrance to Bucklew's Tavern


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Beach Haven Beach Information

The ocean beach is accessible from any of the east west oriented streets that dead-end at the beach. Public parking is available but on weekends and holidays it can be a challenge to find a parking place unless you arrive early. Bayside public parking lots are located on Taylor Ave and on Dock Rd. The best on street parking for the ocean beach is along Centre St., Coral St., Amber St, and Engleside Ave.

Lifeguards are on duty during the summer

A kids bay beach is located just off of Taylor Ave. Badges are required. The water is shallow and there is no rough surf - perfect for little children. Lifeguards are present on a part-time basis. There is also a nice playground area at the back of this beach.

There are a few public bathrooms: on the oceanfront deck near Centre Street, the bayside near Dock Rd, at Pearl St.and Bay Ave., in Bay Village at Taylor Ave, and in Schooner's Wharf.


Beach Badge Information

Beach badges are required from June 27 through Labor Day. Badges are not needed for children 12 and under.

seasonal badge - $35 ($20 if purchased before the data badges are required)
weekly badge - $15, good from Saturday through Friday
daily badge - $5
senior badge - free with proof of age, must be obtained at the Beach Badge Office

Badges can be purchased at the borough hall Beach Badge Office. It is located at 300 Engelside Ave and they are open Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can also purchase daily and weekly badges from the badge checkers.


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