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Atlantic City: So much more than casinos and the Boardwalk, select beaches offer spots for surfing, kayaking and windsurfing, even fishing!
Strathmere: The best of both worlds – free beaches that usually aren’t too crowded.
Bay Beaches: About 30 upgraded beach paths between Douglass/Canal Park in North Cape May and Ocean Avenue in the Villas provide easy access to the bay beaches with a gradual slope at each entrance. Stretching from the Cape May Lewes Ferry north into Cumberland County, the bayside is perfect for jet-skiing, windsurfing, stand up paddling, kayaking, or fishing. Bayside beaches in Atlantic County include Brigantine and The Cove which faces Atlantic City along Absecon Inlet.
Daily, weekly and seasonal beach tags can be purchased at visitor information centers, booths at some beach entrances or from a beach tag checker. Many municipalities offer a pre-season discount.
Absecon Island and Brigantine: Brigantine and the beaches on Absecon Island, which include Ventnor, Margate and Longport, all require beach tags.
Cape May: The charm of an old-fashioned beach, along with all the modern conveniences of parking, restrooms, restaurants and arcades – it's all here in this Victorian resort. Cape May Point: Swim or walk along the
water's edge in the shadow of the Cape May Lighthouse or St. Mary by the Sea on beaches between Lighthouse Avenue and the Alexander Avenue jetty.
Sea Isle City: Give this tagged beach a try, for free, on a Wednesday which is “tag-free” and enjoy the beachfront promenade that includes arcades, shops and restaurants. Stone Harbor and Avalon: Seven miles of luxurious white sand along these clean, well- guarded beaches, perhaps a bit less crowded than surrounding towns. There's a bonus: a Stone Harbor tag is good in Avalon, and an Avalon tag works in Stone Harbor.
Ocean City: These beaches are all about family fun, the perfect place to frolic in the waves and cool off on a hot summer day along with nearby rides, miniature golf, go-karts and other amusements.
Most of the ocean beaches are guarded by experienced lifeguards during the busy summer months with one goal: to keep all beach goers safe and protected. Water quality along all beaches in New Jersey is checked weekly by county health departments to ensure it's 100% safe for swimmers, with results also checked by the Department of Environmental Protection – just to be absolutely sure.
Many beach communities have reserved parking spaces, ramps and even surf chairs to accommodate people with physical
limitations. Cape May County has a guide to accessing the county's beaches and surf chairs for people with disabilities. 609-465-4117.
Don’t forget: New Jersey bans smoking on all public beaches, although some resorts have set aside a small area for smokers. Check with lifeguards or look for signage for additional information.
For Fido and his four-legged friends: In Wildwood, dogs, licensed and on a leash, have a great gathering location that’s gets two paws up – their very own 25-foot red fire hydrant between Maple and Glenwood avenues on the oceanfront from 6 AM to dusk.
Leashed dogs are allowed on Brigantine’s north end beaches year around. In summer, a beach badge is required for the humans who accompany Rover.
Dogs can roam off-leash at the Ocean City Dog Park, a free, 42,000 square foot sandy area at 45th and Haven avenues.
Longport Dog Beach is an off-leash dog beach, open year-round, where dogs of all sizes can play in the sand and water at the base of the Ocean Drive Bridge on the Longport side across from the fishing pier. Owners: please bring water and waste disposal items.
In Brigantine, you can drive vehicles onto the beach any time of year – with proper permits. The city gets more revenue from vehicle permits than it does from beach tags!
Just a reminder – National Seashell Day is always the first day of summer, a day to celebrate on the beach! G

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