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Best Beaches for Families in Ocean County (South--Long Beach Island)


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mapGrowing up as a girl in the Garden State, I looked forward to going to the Jersey Shore every summer. Now, as a mom, I enjoy taking my family to visit the same great beaches, and to share the same fun experiences. We spend our summers on Long Beach Island, frequenting the hidden gems that make it such a wonderful place.

Best Beaches

Ship Bottom 

My family always has a good time here, so it’s no surprise that readers feel this is a good choice for a fun, kid-friendly beach. In addition to the beach by the ocean, a bay beach with a playground is located at 15th Street, and it’s a good spot for families with young children. For non-beach fun, a fishing and crabbing pier is located at 25th Street and the Bay, and the John J. Guld Jr. Recreation Area and Ball Field, located at West 5th and 6th at Barnegat Avenue, also has family outdoor activities such as bocce ball, shuffleboard, tennis courts, and horseshoes.

Surf City

In a place called Surf City of course there has to be surfing—designated as the area between North First and North Third streets. There also is a fishing beach from North 23rd to North 25th streets, and a kid-friendly bay beach at 15th Street and Barnegat Avenue. A public rest room is located at the municipal building on Ninth Street, which is also where you can purchase beach badges (you can buy them on the beach too). 

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Illustration by Bridgette Blanton.

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