Ranking among the finest of most scenic nautical towns, and recently voted best family resort, Beach Haven is fabulously rich in history and alive with excitement for all ages. In one square mile Beach Haven boasts pristine guarded beaches, bay access for all types of water activities, a thriving downtown with an array highly acclaimed restaurants for causal and fine dining, island shopping, and cultural activities. Known as a trend-setting arts and entertainment central - The town is home to the Surflight an award winning theatre, the Maritime Museum, the LBI Historical Museum, an amusement park, a water park, and a historic public library.

Renowned as a trend-setting hub for arts and entertainment, the town is adorned with a plethora of cultural landmarks and attractions. Among these notable establishments is the Surflight Theatre, an award-winning venue that has earned acclaim for its stellar performances. Additionally, the town is home to the Maritime Museum and the LBI Historical Museum, both of which offer fascinating insights into the region's maritime heritage and rich history. For thrill-seekers and families alike, there's an amusement park and a water park, providing endless fun and excitement. Furthermore, the town boasts a historic public library, adding to its cultural significance and offering a serene space for learning and exploration. With such a diverse array of attractions, this town truly stands out as a vibrant and dynamic destination for visitors seeking both entertainment and enlightenment.

In Beach Haven, transportation by boat or bike isn't just a mode of getting around—it's a cherished way of life. Both visitors and locals alike relish the opportunity to traverse the town's dedicated bike lanes, whether it's for a leisurely ride into town to indulge in some delicious ice cream, pick up groceries, or treat themselves to a relaxing spa day. For many, hopping on a bike or setting sail by boat isn't just about getting from point A to point B; it's about embracing the laid-back coastal lifestyle and immersing oneself in the natural beauty and charm of Beach Haven. Whether it's cruising along the shoreline on a bicycle or enjoying the scenic views from the water, transportation becomes an adventure in itself—a chance to savor the simple pleasures and unhurried pace of life in this picturesque nautical town.


The town is a paradise for children of all ages, offering a wide range of activities to keep them entertained and active throughout their stay. From the excitement of mini-golf courses to the thrill of surfing lessons, there's something for every child's interest and skill level. For those who love sports, the town hosts volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse camps where children can hone their skills and make new friends. Additionally, there are t-ball and tennis programs available, providing opportunities for youngsters to learn the basics of these popular sports in a fun and supportive environment. Whether it's hitting the waves, perfecting their swing, or simply enjoying a game with friends, children in Beach Haven are sure to have a memorable and action-packed experience that will leave them eager to return for more fun in the sun.

Beach Haven continues to enhance its recreational offerings with resurfaced tennis courts and newly introduced pickleball courts, catering to both seasoned players and newcomers alike. Daily and seasonal passes are available, providing flexible options for residents and visitors to enjoy these facilities at their convenience. The resurfaced tennis courts ensure a smooth and optimal playing surface for tennis enthusiasts, while the addition of pickleball courts adds a new dimension to the town's recreational options.  With the availability of daily and seasonal passes, individuals can take advantage of these amenities for short-term visits or extended stays, adding to the appeal of Beach Haven as a premier destination for sports and leisure activities. Whether it's a friendly match with friends or organized tournaments, the tennis and pickleball courts provide opportunities for active enjoyment and social interaction in the heart of this vibrant coastal community.

The town truly comes alive during the Spring, Fall, and Winter months with a vibrant array of festivals and events that attract visitors and locals alike. From savory delights to artistic showcases, there's something for everyone to enjoy, further cementing the town's reputation as a friendly hot spot. Chowderfest is a beloved tradition, where attendees can sample a variety of delicious chowders and vote for their favorites. The Seafood Festival celebrates the town's coastal heritage with an abundance of fresh seafood dishes and lively entertainment. Fall Fest offers a festive atmosphere with seasonal activities and attractions, while HopSauce brings together craft beer enthusiasts and foodies for a day of tasting and fun. Art enthusiasts can explore the town's creative side during the Art Walk, which showcases local artists and their works in various venues throughout Beach Haven. Restaurant Week allows food lovers to indulge in special menus and culinary delights offered by the town's acclaimed dining establishments. With such a diverse lineup of festivals and events, Beach Haven truly shines as a welcoming destination year-round, offering something exciting for visitors and locals to experience and enjoy together.

Beach Haven, the Queen City, extends a warm welcome to all who seek relaxation, adventure, and the simple joys of coastal living. Nestled along the shores of shimmering waters, our town beckons with endless sunshine and pristine beaches that invite you to bask in their beauty. As the day unfolds, immerse yourself in the countless delights that Beach Haven has to offer. Whether you're seeking thrilling water sports, leisurely strolls along the shoreline, or simply soaking up the sun's rays, there's something for everyone to enjoy. And as the day draws to a close, be sure to savor one of our famous vibrant sunsets, casting a mesmerizing glow across the horizon. It's the perfect ending to a perfect day in Beach Haven, where memories are made and adventures await. Come, experience the magic of our seaside paradise.

Conveniently situated just 55 miles southeast of Philadelphia and a mere 75 miles south of New York City, Beach Haven beckons as a quick and accessible getaway for visitors seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you're escaping for a weekend retreat or embarking on a spontaneous day trip, Beach Haven's proximity to major metropolitan areas makes it an ideal destination for those craving relaxation and seaside adventure without the hassle of long-distance travel. With its charming nautical community and array of attractions, Beach Haven promises an unforgettable escape just a short journey away from the vibrant energy of Philadelphia and New York City. So pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare to experience the laid-back charm and coastal beauty of Beach Haven.

Getting To Beach Haven

From North Jersey, New York and Points North

Garden State Parkway South to exit 63, Route 72 East towards Long Beach Island. Follow Rt. 72 onto LBI. Make a right (heading South) onto Long Beach Blvd. Follow approx. 7 miles to the town of Beach Haven.

From South Jersey and Points South

Garden State Parkway North to exit 63A onto Route 72 East towards Long Beach Island. Follow Rt. 72 onto LBI. Make a right (heading South) onto Long Beach Blvd. Follow approx. 7 miles to Beach Haven.

From Phila. and Points West

Follow Rt. 70 East to Four Mile Circle. Merge onto Rt. 72 East (first exit of circle) toward Long Beach Island. Follow Rt. 72 East aprox. 20 miles onto LBI. Make a right (heading South) onto Long Beach Blvd. Follow approx. 7 miles to Beach Haven. A tip: Long Beach Blvd is called Bay Ave. once you enter Beach Haven.

Beach Information

Rip Tide Warning

Beach Badge Information

Beach Badge Office is located at 2 Centre Street at the Beach Entrance For More information click HERE.

*Pre-season badges are $30.00 each*

*Pre-season prices are available until May 31st*

Badges may be purchased in three ways:

In Person at Borough Hall: with cash, check, or credit card, call the Clerk’s office from the vestibule (609-492-0111, x210 or x215)

By Mail: for the 2021 Pre-Season badge order form CLICK HERE and follow directions

Through the VIPLY app: Pre-purchase before you come, then bring your phone and scan in at the Badge Office on Centre St. beach to receive your badges! Surcharge applied with VIPLY purchases as well. Fee of $2.20/badge before May 31st and $2.50/badge after June 1st. CLICK HERE to find out how to set up and use the VIPLY app.


Badge Pickup:

Pre-Season badges will not be available for pickup until the Beach Badge office opens in mid-May. Save your receipts and bring them, along with your ID to the Badge Office, on Centre St., when it opens in late May.**

HOLIDAY BADGES may be picked up in Borough Hall before the badge office opens, with ID and receipt. Call the Clerk’s office from the vestibule (609-492-0111, x210 or 215). The Clerk’s office is open Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm.

IF PICKING UP HOLIDAY or PRE-SEASON BADGES AFTER MID-MAY 2021, go to the Beach Badge office on Centre St.







2021 Badge Information

Badge prices:

Beach Haven

609.492.0111 x 210 | Mon – Fri, 9am to 4pm | 300 Engleside Ave

Social distancing as required during COVID-19 by Governor Murphy

Beach badges: Only needed for those between the ages of 13 to 64 and are only good within the borough of Beach Haven (from 12th St. to Nelson Av.) from June through Labor Day. Badges can be purchased at Beach Badge office on Centre St. at entrance to the beach or with Beach Badge checkers. Those 65 and older may receive a free, lifetime Senior Badge, at the Centre St. badge office with ID.Veterans may receive free, Seasonal Badges at the Centre St. badge office, with proper ID. Active duty military and their immediate family members may receive free, weekly wrist bands at the Centre St. badge office, with ID.

Beach Wheels: Available by contacting the Beach Patrol office at 609 492-9193. Handicap accessible ramps are located the 5th St. pavilion, Pearl St. pavilion and Centre st.


Monday- Saturday 10am- 4pm - In Season.

Sunday 10am- 3pm

At these times, beach badge receipts can be redeemed for physical beach badges.

BE AWARE, there are absolutely NO REFUNDS or exceptions for the purchase of beach badges. Beach Haven badges are only good for beaches between Nelson Avenue and 12th Street.

Public Restrooms:

Centre St. @ocean beach access
Taylor Av at Bay playground

2nd Street by the Bay

Pearl Street at the Tennis Courts

Borough Hall at 300 Engleside Ave

List of Guarded Beaches

Lifeguards are on duty between the hours of 10 AM to 5 PM

Beach-Patrol12th Street

List of guarded beaches:

12th St.
 Taylor Ave
5th St.
2nd St.
Engleside Ave.
Belvoir St.
Between Liberty & Pelham Ave.
Between Kentford & Leeward Ave.

list of guarded beaches
beach haven beach taxi

Beach Haven Beach Taxi Service

Transporting to and from the beach - any physically challenged individual staying at a Beach Haven (12th Street to Nelson Ave. only) address.

Runs from:




Click here to make a reservation:

Beach Wheels & Handicap Access

Beach wheels are available by contacting the Beach Patrol office at 609-492-9193 from June 28th through Labor Day to arrange for delivery. Handicap Accessible ramps are located at the 5th Street pavilion, Pearl Street pavilion and Centre Street.

Conduct on Beaches

Ball playing

Ball playing, ball throwing, quoits, horseshoes and like activities will be permitted at the discretion of the Lifeguard Captain, Chief of Police or their designees (ie lifeguards on duty). These activities are prohibited from 10 am to 5 pm in areas between flags placed to designate authorized swimming areas. These activities are also banned from dune area at all times.

*Throwing any object which may endanger or be likely to endanger persons or property is prohibited on the beach, dune area, pavilions, walkways or access ways to any pavilions or beaches within the Borough of Beach Haven.

Kite Flying

Kite flying will be permitted on the beach only before 10 am and after 5 pm. This activity is banned from the dune area at all times.


Dogs are not permitted on the beach at any place within the Borough of Beach Haven, from May 15th through September 15th. Dogs may resume use of the beaches from September 16th until May 14th. Dogs may use the bay beach at Taylor Avenue.


Swimming is allowed between the red & yellow flags and may change from day to day as ocean conditions dictate. If you choose to swim before or after lifeguards are on duty or at beaches that are not designated as guarded, you do so at your own risk.


Fishing is allowed outside of the designated bathing and surfing area of the beach.

Kayak launching

Kayaking is allowed outside of the designated bathing and surfing areas and persons launching are required to wear personal floatation devices.


Food that does not require preparation is allowed on the beach; please help us keep our beaches clean by taking care of your trash. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on the beaches or pavilions in the Borough of Beach Haven.


Surfing is allowed at every beach except Centre Street and are designated by black and white checkered flags. The surf zones are as follows:

11th to 9th street, 7th to 6th street, Ocean to Marine, Glendola to Liberty and Leeward south.

News You Can Use

It's more than just a day at the beach for Ocean County Health Department water testers

Every summer since 1970, the Ocean County Health Department kicks off their Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program (CCMP). Every week, OCHD tests the water at 68 of Ocean County's ocean, bay, river, and lake beaches, as well as pools, hot tubs, and water parks.

The water is checked for two types of bacteria to ensure that it is safe for people to swim in. In the case of any beaches reading highly elevated levels of bacteria, the OCHD notified the town and closes the beach. The department conducts daily tests until the bacteria levels return to normal. Often these problems are caused by polluted water runoff.

What's the best way you can stay healthy and help keep beaches clean?

  • Observe swimming advisories

  • Protect cuts or open wounds

  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming

  • Do not swim if you have a weakened immune system

  • Shower with soap after swimming

  • Swim away from fishing piers, pipes, and drains

  • Dispose of trash, pet waste, or dirty diapers in trash cans and don't leave them on the beach

You can always check water quality reports on the Ocean County Health Department website,, and with their hotline with up to the minute reports at (732) 341-9700.


Parking in the Borough of Beach Haven is free. There are three public parking lots located at Centre Street, two lots are located across from each. Parking for vehicles or trailers is prohibited between the hours of 3am and 6am; Taylor Avenue behind Bay Village, parking in this area for vehicles or trailers between the hours of 1 am and 4 am are prohibited. Street parking is also available.

Handicapped parking is located on the following streets:

Parallel Parking:

Norwood Avenue (185 feet west of Atlantic Avenue)

Angle Parking:

5th Street (South 70 feet west of Atlantic Avenue 1 spot)

5th street (North 105 feet west of Atlantic Avenue 1 spot)

5th Street (60 feet east of Beach Avenue 1 spot)

West Avenue (South 115 feet southeast of Coral Street 1 spot)

Pennsylvania Avenue (South 275 Feet southeast of Coral Street 1 spot)

Public Restrooms

The Borough of Beach Haven has six comfort stations (public restrooms) in our 1 mile radius. Comfort stations can be found on Taylor Avenue bay Playground, Second Street by the bay, Centre Street by the ocean, Pearl Street at the tennis court, Borough Hall, and Nelson Avenue Playground.

There are changing stations in women’s restrooms at Nelson Avenue playground, both men’s and women’s restrooms at Taylor Avenue playground and Centre Street.

Bathrooms are open seasonally except at Borough Hall which is open year round. Bathrooms can be accessed between the hours of 6am-8pm.

Public Shower and Foot Cleaning Station

The only public shower and foot cleaning Station is located at Centre Street and the ocean at the Beach Patrol Headquarters.

Seasonal Information

Summer in Beach Haven

Summer is the busiest 3 months in Beach Haven. The Borough offers a multitude of outdoor activities such as sport camps for all ages, our Junior Lifeguard Program, which prepares 14-15 year olds for a career in lifeguarding, movies in Veteran’s Park, yoga on the beach and so much more. The historic Bay Village shopping center is bustling with shoppers young and old. Fantasy Island Amusement Park and Thundering Surf Water Park are alive with laughter and fun. Live music can be heard from Veteran’s Park every Wednesday night through the efforts of the Community Arts Program. Or kick back with a nice relaxing day at the beach. Watch the sky ignite in Red, White and Blue every year on fourth of July on the bay behind Bay Village. The town is in full swing as all restaurants and stores are open. There are 7 bars in our 1 mile radius for those looking for some night life.

Average temperature in the summer is 75-85 degrees with temperatures increasing to the high 80’s by August.

summer in beach haven
Fall in Beach Haven

Fall in Beach Haven

The fun doesn’t end as Beach Haven hosts the Fall Festival, Chowder Festival and the Beach Haven Fire Company’s annual Block Party in the Fall. The New Jersey Maritime Museum also annually hosts a themed benefit each September. The beach is less populated this time of year and is perfect for weddings on the beach or at the 5th Street or Pearl Street pavilions. Most stores and restaurants are open at this time but will have reduced hours or may only be open on weekends.

Average temperature in the fall is between 60-70 degrees as temperatures begin to dip down in late October.

Winter in Beach Haven

The winter months have become a get-away to enjoy the beach, cultural activities and seasonal sales. The most anticipated events are Kapler's Horse and Carriage rides followed by the Museum Tree Lighting - Thanksgiving Weekend. The Community tree lighting ceremony is a highlight for many as they gather to sing the 12 Days of Christmas. Every weekend from Thanksgiving to New Years, the town is a buzz with activities like the Holiday Dog Parade, Spot a Character, Choir's singing, and special Candle-light Church Services to celebrate Christmas. Several restaurants remain open weekends for the festive locals and visitors.

Average temperatures range from 30-55 degrees.

winter in beach haven
spring in beach haven

Spring in Beach Haven

As the weather brightens up, Beach Haven begins to bloom. Join us for the Beach Haven Exchange Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt in Veteran’s Park. The town decorates in red, white and blue for the Memorial Day Parade and service. Festivals and flea markets are a constant on weekends.

Average temperatures range from 55-70 degrees.

Traveler Information

Travel Information

ATM Machines

Schooner’s Wharf (10th Street),

7-11 (Bay Avenue & 10th Street)

2 are located at Bay Village (Taylor Avenue)

Outside of Fantasy Island Amusement Park (Bay & 7th Street)

Outside of The Bagel Shack (Bay and 3rd Street)

The Chicken or the Egg (207 N. Bay Avenue)

Murphy’s Market (corner of Engleside Avenue)

The Sea Shell Hotel lobby (10th S. Atlantic Avenue)

Mr. Tee’s Arcade and mini golf (101 South Bay Avenue)

Rommel’s Liquor Store (Bay & Amber Street).

southern ocean country hospital

1140 Route 72, West Manahawkin, NJ 08050 Ph: 609-597-6011

urgent medical care

20 S. Bay Avenue (609) 342-8657

chiropractic care

20 S. Bay Ave. Beach Haven, NJ 609-342-8657

Aging In Place: What every Senior Should Know

Introduction: Aging in America

By 2030 every Baby Boomer will be over 65, and will make up 21 percent of the population. And by 2060, almost 25 percent of Americans will be 65 and older. The aging population will have many far-reaching implications for American society, and how to care for older citizens is one of the most important to plan for and consider now.

Until recently, senior citizens would typically go into an assisted living facility when they became too infirm to care for themselves or an aging partner. But there’s a growing trend for older Americans to stay in their homes throughout the aging process, known as “aging in place.”

There are various reasons for this trend: many people want to stay independent for as long as possible, remain near friends, and stay close to their community. As assisted living costs mount, it can also make financial sense to remain at home as long as possible to delay those costs and save for future health care needs. The Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2018 says that the national median cost for assisted living is $48,000 a year.

Not only does aging in place tend to cost less than assisted living, it’s more comfortable, maintains social networks, and has been proven to slow the advancement of memory loss.

What Is Aging in Place?

In the past, senior citizens would typically go into a nursing home or other facility when they became to infirm to care for themselves or an aging partner. There’s a growing trend for older Americans to stay in their homes throughout the aging process, however, which is known as “aging in place.” Almost 90% of those people over age 65 want to stay in their homes as long as possible, according to an AARP survey.

Aging in place isn’t a new concept; after all, before nursing homes existed, the elderly would be looked after by family members or other caretakers at home. But the modern twist on this idea is that healthy senior citizens retrofit their own homes to accommodate for when they need more help with daily tasks while still living in their home.

Not only can aging in place be a comfort, it can make a lot of sense from a financial standpoint, too. For many Americans, their home is their single biggest asset, and it can be used to leverage future health care costs through different types of loans such as reverse mortgages or home equity lines of credit.

How to Grow Older at Home

There are many important considerations when aging in place at home. For example, you need to make sure there are grab bars in bathroom showers, install security systems to call for a medical emergency, potentially hire housekeepers or nurses, and more.

If you want to stay in your home as long as possible in your older years, it’s important to have a strategy in place that will address your changing needs as you age. Read on to get all the tips, tricks, and ideas you need for the ultimate guide to aging in place.

Home Renovations to Age in Place

While there are many things to consider when it comes to aging in place, nothing is more important than retrofitting your home to suit your future needs. What that means can vary widely, depending on your home’s layout and your personal needs and preferences. There are, however, a few common adjustments, improvements, and modifications you should consider when thinking about home projects to increase accessibility and assist your plans for aging in place:

  • Replace doorknobs with door lever pulls

  • Install rocker light switches, which are easier to use than toggle switches

  • Switch your windows to awning-style openings

  • Consider installing smart home technology, such as video doorbells, security systems and alarms, automated lighting, and thermostats, which can easily be monitored and controlled remotely via apps on a phone or tablet

  • Install wainscotting or chair rails to help with standing and balance (ensure that they’re properly installed and can accommodate extra weight, though!)

  • Install more direct and automated lighting to reduce glare and illuminate any trip hazards in the main pathways of your house

  • Soft and smooth materials like cork, linoleum, vinyl, and rubber work best for flooring and are preferable to carpet, which can pose a trip hazard

  • Install grab bars in bathrooms

  • Consider raising electrical outlets so they’re easier to reach

  • Install adjustable-height showerheads to make it easier to bathe

  • Use an app to remind you to take your medicine and use special pillboxes to set out your medications for an entire week

  • Make sure your water heater is set to a safe temperature (120 degrees is recommended)

  • Many of these projects can be done yourself over a weekend, or you could hire a handyman to do them for you. Some may require permits depending on your state and local laws. Visit your county web site and search for permits to learn more. Depending on the complexity of the project, some permits are issued immediately, while others may require formal architectural plans and an inspection before being issued.

And if you’re wondering how much your project might cost, there are free project cost guides online that can help you find out how much hundreds of different types of home projects typically cost in your area.

Home Maintenance to Keep You and Your Home Safe

Not only do you need to consider renovations, you should also plan on going home maintenance as you grow older and may need more assistance in maintaining your home.

Before you do anything else, we recommend you perform a complete safety assessment, checking for things like slippery steps, loose stair railings, furniture obstructions, or area rugs where you could trip and fall.

Other ongoing maintenance you should consider for aging in place:

  • Check and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once every six months or as recommended by the manufacturer

  • Replace any burned-out light bulbs, inside and outside

  • Clean up your yard to make sure there’s a clear path to the house and no loose branches or wet leaves pose trip hazards

Choose the Right Home Security System

One of the most important contributors to feeling safe in your home is having a reliable and trustworthy security system from a dependable company with relatively fast response times, such as ADT, SimpliSafe, or Vivint. Packages can vary in services and price, so it’s worth shopping around for the system that’s right for you.

Some things to look for:

  • There are a lot of fancy options available with home security systems these days, but the most important part of any security system is knowing how to use it. A simple, effective, and affordable security system is the best bet for most seniors.

  • Look for extras like personal alarms or panic buttons, and easy-to-use panels with big, illuminated buttons.

  • Consider installing cameras in selected interior and exterior spaces that can be accessed remotely if family wants to check in on you — this is particularly useful for people who live alone.

As an added bonus, investing in a home security system will also likely lower your home insurance rates.

In-Home Services and Assistance

You may find that you need additional household help with even the most accessible, safe, and secure home. If you can afford it, consider outsourcing some chores, such as:

  • Hire a house cleaner

  • Schedule regular yard maintenance

  • Get your groceries and other necessities delivered

  • If it’s available in your area, have some meals delivered and consider hiring a service for your laundry and/or dry cleaning

  • Hire a trustworthy money manager who specializes in elderly clients. They can help with everything from managing investments to making sure that bills are paid on time.

Home Insurance for Aging in Place

Seniors should make sure they have adequate insurance for their homes. The majority of senior citizens are on fixed incomes, which means it’s important to plan for the worst and make sure your home is properly insured. Many home insurers give discounts to seniors, so it’s worth it to shop around for the best deals. Here are some options to look for:

  • Deductible forgiveness: in the event that there’s a big loss on the property, the insurance company may waive the deductible for the homeowner.

  • Lifetime renewability: this protects homeowners from insurance cancellation even if they file a claim against their insurance.

  • Protection for full cost: your insurance company will replace your belongings no matter the condition and state with items of similar quality.

Is Aging in Place Right for You?

Aging in place isn’t right for everyone. But if you’re someone who’s relatively healthy and independent, it can be a viable option for growing older on your own terms. With the right planning, modifications, and equipment, you can rest assured knowing that you’ll be safe and secure in your home for years to come.

For more information: An Incredibly Massive Internet Safety Guide for Seniors;

Preventing Senior Home Injuries

A guide that covers the most common injuries that seniors have in the home, and details what can be done to prevent them.