NJ beaches: Your guide to rules, restrictions on Monmouth, Ocean County beaches (2024)

On May 14, Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey beaches could re-open on May 22, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend - the unofficial start of summer at the Jersey Shore.

WithMurphy's announcement though, camea set of rulesfor beaches, boardwalks and lakefronts to follow including limited capacity, restrictions on the number of beach badges sold, maintaining social distancing guidelines, and more.

Each beach town may also out their own specific rules and restrictions in place as well.

Here's everything you need to know about each town before making a trip to the Shore.


Restrictions:The Allenhurst Beach Club offers nonmembers access to thebeach with the purchase of a daily pass.

Beach badge price:

  • Adults: $10.
  • Children 12 and under: Free.

Bathroom facilities:

  • A daily pass also grants guests access to bathrooms and showers.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Other info:

  • Daily passes do not grant access to cabanas, cabana bathrooms, or pool area.

Asbury Park


  • Face coverings or masks will need to be worn
  • Groups of beach patrons must sit at least sixfeet apart from others.
  • The Boardwalk will be set up for one-way travel in each direction
  • Social distancing will be required on the boardwalk
  • Daily beach passes will be available for purchase exclusively through Viply each day at 5 p.m. for the following day only.

Beach badge price:

  • Season beach badge rates: $70 for adults; $20 for seniors; $20 for teens.
  • Season daily rates: Monday to Friday: $5; Weekends and holidays: $7

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Bathroom facilities:

  • Access to restroom facilities will be limited to one person at a time.
  • Face coverings or masks will need to be worn when using restroom facilities.
  • Beach showers, water fountains and new water bottle refilling stations will be unavailable until further notice.

Other info:

  • Restrooms will be available at the following locations: First Avenue, Fourth Avenue, Asbury Park Convention Hall (entrance from beach), Sixth Avenue
  • Benches will be removed from the boardwalk
  • Face coverings/masks do not need to be worn when swimming or sunbathing
  • The playgrounds at 2nd and 7th Avenue areclosed
  • Contact sports, organized events, and summer camps are prohibited until further notice.
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  • Anyonebuying a beach badge at the tag booth, walking on the boardwalk or entering or exiting the beach is asked to wear a face covering or mask.
  • The beach will be open for swimming with lifeguards on the weekends of May 23, May 30, June 6, and June 13; open daily starting June 15.
  • The beach and boardwalk will close at 8 p.m.
  • No parking on Ocean Avenuewith the exception of the handicap spots.
  • Sitting or congregating on the boardwalk is prohibited.
  • Walking or running is allowed and bicycle riding will be allowed before 9 AM.

Beach badge price:Daily Badges only sold on line starting on May 23 with a limited number available.

  • Season Badges $95
  • Senior Citizens Badges (65 & over) $50
  • Young Adult (ages 12 through 18) $50
  • Daily Badges $10
  • Age 11 and under; no charge

Badges can only be paid for with cash or by check; to pay by check, valid driver's license required. Daily badges will be sold through the Viply app.

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Bathroom facilities:

  • The use of face coverings or masks are strongly encouraged while using the bathroom facilities.
  • Bathroom availability will be reduced and only openon weekends until June 15.
  • One shower will be open to rinse off but notavailable at the outset of the season.

Other info:

  • The beach will be opendaily starting on June 15.
  • No diagonal parking at all in the borough.
  • Parking will be limited this season.
  • No picnicking on streets, sidewalks or boardwalk.
  • Benches are removed from the boardwalk
  • No organized or activities or sports on the beach

Barnegat Light

Beach badge price:

  • Pre-Season– $30 untilJune 5th;Season– $40
  • Weekly-$22 (Saturday through Friday)
  • Daily– $5
  • Senior– $12

Bay Head


  • Badges will be required as of Saturday, June 20.
  • Masks will be optional, but are strongly encouraged.
  • Social distancing will be enforced and monitored daily for any changes in the future.
  • Badges will be required from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Lifeguards will be on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beach badge price:

  • Seasonal membership fee is $90per badge.
  • Badges are not required for children under the age of 12.
  • Credit cards are not accepted and cash only for dailies

Bathroom facilities:The nearest bathroom facility is two miles away from the beach

Beach Haven


  • The public is required to practice social distancing while present at all public beaches,including staying six feet apart, excluding immediate family members.
  • Allemployeesandvisitorsarestronglyencouragedtowear face coveringswhen present on the public beaches, and in any setting where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Daily limit:

  • For thePavilions– Open to the public as long as all social distancing guidelines are followed and does not exceed 10 people at one time.

Beach badge price: Pre-season price of $30 until June 30.

Bathroom facilities:

  • Will be open for Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Keep hand sanitizer handy and maximize the space between you and others.

Other info:

  • Masks must be worn when interacting with all borough employees, includingrecreational department employees, beach patrol, lifeguards, as well as all retail establishments when picking up or ordering food or other items.

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  • Social distancing guidelines are in place.
  • No dogs on the beach or boardwalk.
  • No bikes, rollerblades, or skateboards on the boardwalk at anytime
  • Beach badges are required for admission to Belmar’s beaches from 9a.m. to 6p.m., 7 days a week from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.

Beach badge price:

  • NOTE: Belmar willtemporarily suspendthe sale of season badges at 5p.m. on Friday, May 22. The sale of season badges will resumed on Tuesday, May 26at the Taylor Pavilion.
  • Seasonal badges:$70.
  • Senior badge $30 age65 and over.
  • Daily badges is $9 per day (children 15 and under free).
  • Daily badge sales will begin May 23 and be available 7 days a week.

Bathroom facilities:Face masks must be worn to enter a boardwalk restroom.

Other info:

  • To assist with social distancing guidelines, additional ticket booths for daily badge sales will be added to the boardwalk, as well as two booths will be placed at the top of Silver Lake.
  • Beachfront paid parking will only be available through theParkMobileapp.


Beach badge price:

All beach badges will be available for pick-up at the beach at 23rd Avenue, starting Memorial Day weekend, May 23

  • Pre-Seasonbeach badges $35til May 31stand can be purchased online or by mailing in a check.
  • Daily$8
  • Weekly badge$25
  • Seasonal badges$50
  • Children 11 and under free
  • Senior Lifetime Photo IDBadge$15 Seniors age 62+ with proof of age, may come to the Recreation Center for photo ID from 9 a.m. to noon Mon-Fri.
  • Senior Seasonal badge $10.00

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  • Badges are required starting Memorial Day Weekend and all weekends until the beaches open dailyonJune 18

Beach badge price:

  • Season adult badge:$80.
  • Season senior badge: $30(65 years of age and older).
  • Season junior badge:$30 (13 to 15 years of age).
  • Daily badges: $10 (12 years of age and under are free).

Bathroom facilities:

  • Public restrooms are located at Newark, LaReine, Third and Evergreen avenues.
  • Showers are located at each beach entrance.
  • Changing rooms are located and Cliff and Third avenues.



  • Social distancing will be in effect and enforced by beach staff
  • Beach supervisor will close access to beach if crowds are preventing effective social distancing
  • Beach staff will regularly disinfect restrooms, equipment, lockers, etc.
  • Lifeguards have an approved COVID screening and evaluation questionnaire for rescues and first-aid assists
  • EMTswill take employees temperatures
  • One lifeguard on stand; two on foot due to social distancing

Beach badge price:

  • Season badge (on or before June 15) $25
  • Season badge (after June 15) $30
  • Daily wristband $8*
  • Season parking $30
  • Daily Parking Pass $5
  • Children ages 12 and under: Freewhen accompanied by a paying adult
  • Seniors who will be age 65 by September 1may receive a free daily wristband

Bathroom facilities:Beach staff will regularly disinfect restrooms, lockers and equipment throughout daily operations.



  • Social distancing guidelines are enforced.
  • Face masks are encouraged, but not required on the beach.
  • Masks will be required in lines, snack bars, and entry points.
  • No gatherings or groups of 10 or more people allowed.
  • Person-to-person contact between staff and beachgoers are prohibited.
  • Snacks and eating establishments will be for take-out only.

Beach badge price:

  • Daily badges can be purchased at the W. Stanley Conover and Hathaway Avenue Beach
  • Badges must be purchased using the Kiosks at the front entrance, there are no cash sales.
  • Daily $8
  • Weekend and holidays$10

Bathroom facilities:

  • Restrooms will be open, but there will be limits on capacity.
  • Water fountains are closed.

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Harvey Cedars

Beach badge price:

  • Pre-season rate Seasonal Badges (through June 15): $35.
  • Seasonal Badges after June 15:$40.
  • Weekly Badges: $20.
  • Senior badges available for persons 65 & over: $9per season all season.
  • Daily Badges: $7.

Other info:All pre-season badges must be ordered and paid for by mail or dropped off at Borough Hall in the drop box located by the front door.

Island Beach State Park


  • Social distancing required
  • Face covering strongly encouraged

Daily limit:Parking reduced 50 percent

Beach badge price:

  • Annual park passes are $50 for New Jersey residents,
  • Nonresidents:$75


Beach badge price:Free.

Other info:The parking lot, batting cages, select restaurants, fishing pier and beach will be open Memorial Day weekend.



  • On Friday, May 22, the boardwalk will be open for walking and exercising.
  • The use of masks or face coverings are recommended in any social settingwhere proper social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Off season beach access is permitted for exercising, fishing, surfing, and sunbathing.
  • Boardwalk patrons stay to the farright and continually keep sixfeet of separation from non-family members.
  • Anyone using the boardwalk should refrain from congregating or talking in groups that will impede others from walking by at a safe distance.
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Beach badge price:The Beach Badge Office is currently closed, but purchases can be made throughmail-in orders at this time.

  • $50 pre-season price mail in orders must be received by June 19.
  • $60 per person, per season.
  • $35per person per week.A “week” is defined as the period from Saturday through the following Saturday. (Subject to change)
  • $12per person for each daily badge. (Subject to change)
  • $20 per person for the entire bathing season for any person65 years of age or over
  • $15perperson fordisabled person.

Other info:

  • Water fountains will remain out of service.
  • The pavilions will be closed.
  • No games or organized activities are allowed.
  • Animals are prohibited.

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Loch Arbour


  • No person-to-person contact between gate staff and beach patrons.

Beach badge price:

  • Season badges Adults (including children 12 and over): $95.
  • Senior citizens: $55.
  • Daily badges: Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays: $6.
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: $10.
  • Daily badges mustbe purchased using the Viply smartphone app, through Viply’s website, or an on-site credit card machine.

Bathroom facilities:

  • Restroomswill be open with social-distancing policies in place.
  • Showersand waterfountains are out of service until further notice.
  • Face coverings must be worn on bathroom lines and in the bathroom.

Long Beach Township

Beach badge price:

  • Preseason seasonal rate $35purchased on/before June 15.
  • Seasonal Beach Badge $45.
  • Senior Citizen Seasonal Beach Badge $5.
  • Weekly Beach Badge $20.
  • Daily Beach Badge $10.

Long Branch


  • Patrons must wear face coverings when entering and leaving the beach
  • Beachgoers must practice social distancing, no group/household larger than 10.
  • Police and beach staff will be monitoring and enforcing social distancing. requirements. Failure to comply will result in ejection from the beach.

Daily limit:

  • In the event social distancing is no longer attainable, due to beach population, the beach access point will be closed and beach patrons will be directed to the next open beach access point.

Beach badge price:

  • Daily passes: $5 Monday - Friday.
  • $7 weekends/holidays.
  • $3 every day for ages 14-17.
  • Annual passes: $45adults.
  • $30 for 14-17.

Bathroom facilities:Restrooms closed, portable toiletsat various locations

Other info:

  • No water fountains will be openon the beachfront.
  • No playgrounds or picnic areas on the beachfront.
  • No group sporting activities on the beachfront.



  • Visitors should wear cloth face coveringsin all settings for social distancing.
  • Open to season pass holders only and the beach will remain in “park status” under the municipal emergency declaration.
  • Beach access will be limited to the nineaccess ramps, which include: Potters, Sea Watch, Ocean, Riddle, Main, Brielle, Pompano, Whiting, and Inlet.
  • The beach walk will remain closed north-to-south, and use will be limited to east-to-west crossings.
  • Parking lots will be open to seasonal parking passes only.
  • The beach will remain off limits nightly between dusk and dawn.

Daily limit:Each beach day, overall capacity will be monitored regularly, and determinations will be made if needed

Beach badge price:There will be no purchase of badges (online or in person) from May 16through at least June 1.

Bathroom facilities:Limited availability of restroom facilities with new policies and procedures for regular cleaning.

Other info:

  • Playgrounds and pavilions will remain closed.
  • Locker rentals will be suspended through Memorial Day weekend.
  • Beach showers and water fountains will not be available through June 1.

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Beach badge price:Badges will be sold from the badge trailer on Downer or by mailing in the badge order form.

  • Pre-season badge $75.

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Monmouth Beach

Restrictions: Facemasks will be required everywhere, including buying food at the snack bar or on the pavillion, but not on the beach.

Daily limit:175 daily badges per day.

Beach badge price:Daily badges will be sold for $9 beginningMay 23.

Bathroom facilities: Bathrooms will be operating at 50 percentcapacity and staffwill be constantly inside cleaning them.

Other info: Must use theViply app to buy daily passes.

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Ocean Grove


  • Maintain social distancing; sixfeet apart
  • Wear a face mask
  • Walk on beach and leave boardwalk to those who need it

Daily limit:

  • There will be a reduction in the amount of beach badges sold each day to avoid overcrowding.

Restrictions:Ocean Grove beach will open with reduced capacity, single-occupancy toilets

Beach badge price:

  • Season badges are sold out.
  • Daily badge: $9.
  • Children 11 and under: Free. All minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Beachgoers are "strongly encouraged" to use www.viplypass.com to purchase beach badges prior to arriving at the beach.
  • Starting May 23, a badge purchase will be required to access the beach.

Bathroom facilities:

  • Large public bathrooms have been closed in favor of single-occupancy portable toilets.

Other info:

  • Boardwalk benches are taped to prevent large gatherings
  • Only one guard will be sitting on each bench at a time.

Point Pleasant Beach


  • Jenkinson's boardwalk and beaches are closed.
  • The beaches from the south end of the boardwalk to Maryland Avenue are open.
  • Badges will be required on Memorial Day Weekend and weekends only throughout early June.
  • Beachgoers are encouraged to wear a mask when in line waiting to get on the beach
  • Maintain a minimum of sixfeet of distance from groups you did not arrive with at all times.
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Daily limit:

  • The beach will be held to a maximum capacity until limit is reached
  • No groups of 10 or larger will be allowed on.

Beach badge price:

  • Seasonal badges can be purchased from Aquaserve online.
  • Daily badges will be offered at the entrance and credit card is the preferred payment method for a contactless transaction.
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Sandy Hook


  • Parking Lot A andNorth Beach/K Lotare closed in the Sandy Hook Unit.
  • Permanent bathrooms are currently closed. Portable toiletsare available throughout the park.
  • All public and educational programs have been canceled until further notice.
  • Picnic areas Guardian Park (Sandy Hook), is closed until further notice.
  • Parking is reduced to 50 percentcapacity.
  • Fees will not be collected for Memorial Day weekend but will resume in June.

Daily limit:Capacity at Sandy Hook is limited to 50 percentof total

Beach badge price:

  • For most vehicles, beach parking is $15 per day or $75 per season.
  • For oversized vehicles (more than 20 feet), charge is $30 per day or $150 per season.

Bathroom facilities:

  • There are limited portable bathrooms available at several locations.
  • All bathroom facilities will be available May 30.

Other info:

  • Sandy Hook is open to the public from 5 a.m.to 7 p.m.
  • Before visiting a park, please check the park website to determine its operating status.
  • Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Visitor Center closed.
  • Guardian Park Picnic Area is closed.
  • Barbecuing and group picnicking are not permitted.
  • Campground is closed
  • Food and ferry service is not available

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Sea Bright


  • All employees and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when present on the public and private beaches for social distancing,
  • Opening at 9am on Saturday, May 23.
  • Patrons will have four access gates to enter the Municipal Beach in Sea Bright.
  • The walkway on top of the sea wall will be closed
  • Organized games and contact sports on the beach are prohibited.

Daily limit:

  • Overall capacity will be monitored regularly by beach staff.
  • The reduction of available parking will be utilized, when necessary, to limit the number of patrons with access to the beach.

Beach badge price:

  • Season badges: $100.
  • Senior 65+ badge: $35.
  • Disabled persons badge: $35.
  • Daily beach badge: $8.
  • Children under age 12: Free.
  • Active military and family members/personnel: Free.
  • From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day season badges and daily wrist bands may be purchased from the gate attendants at the Municipal Beach whenever the beach is open.
  • Beach badges may be purchased online at viplypass.com.
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Bathroom facilities:

  • The public restrooms will be open with a limit of three patrons using the restroom at one time.
  • Face coverings should be utilized when using the restrooms.
  • Patrons are reminded to wash their hands and practice social distancing.
  • The showers and foot wash stations will not be available.

Other info:

  • The playground will be closed.
  • The water fountains will not be available.
  • The public will not have access to public benches, chairs, or tables.

Sea Girt


  • The boardwalk will be closed.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be enforced on the beach and at entry points.

Daily limit:

  • Beach capacity will be monitored and access may be restricted.

Beach badge price:

  • Adult season badges will be soldon-line through Community Pass only.
  • Badges must beordered by Noon on May 20to be available for the weekend.
  • Badges are limited in number to 10 badges per household.
  • Regular season badges are currently sold out.
  • Senior season badge 65 years and over - $65.
  • Kayak Storage: - Season - $225(if previously registered).
  • Storage Box - Season - $225 (if previously registered).

Bathroom facilities:

  • Bathroom facilities will be open with social distancingenforced; facilitieswill be closed on a periodic basis for cleaning.
  • Outdoor showers will be open

Other info:

  • The concession stand will be closed.
  • Water fountains will not be available.

Seaside Heights


  • Visitors to boardwalk and beach must remain at least 6 feet apart.
  • No swimming will be allowed through at least June 30.
  • The beach will close by 5 p.m.

Daily limit:

  • No groups of more than 10 people can come to the beach together.
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Beach badge price:

  • Daily fee:$8.
  • Weekly badge:$35 (Sunday through Saturday).
  • Season badge:$45 until June 30; $60 after July 1.
  • Senior citizen season badge:$10 for persons 65 years of age and older.
  • Children 11 years of age and under: Free every day.
  • Active and retired military personnel and their dependents:Free every day with the appropriate Common Access Card, Uniformed Services ID Card, DD Form 214, or Veterans Benefit ID Card issued by the VA.

Bathroom facilities:

  • Restrooms will remain closed.

Other info:

  • No coolers will be allowed.

  • Beach monitors will roam the sand to make sure people maintain social distancing and do not enter the ocean.

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Seaside Park


  • No cashwill be accepted for the 2020 Summer Season. Checks and credit cardswill only be accepted.
  • Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday May 23, beach badges are required for entry to the beach.Beach badges will only be required on the weekends until June 29.
  • Social distancing will be required and strictly enforced in conjunction with Seaside Park Beach Control.
  • No gatherings of 10 or more people will be permitted on the beach and boardwalk for any reason.

Daily limit:

  • The number of Daily Beach Badge Sales will be monitored and limits will be enforced.

Beach badge price:

  • Allbeach badge sales will be conducted at the Beach Control building on the boardwalk between N and O streets andoutside the Seaside ParkPolice Station between 6th and 7th avenues.
  • Seasonal badges: $60.
  • Senior citizen badge: $20.

Bathroom facilities:

  • Public restrooms will be available and hours will be limited in conjunction with beach operations.

Other info:

  • Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, lifeguards will be on duty weekends onlyuntil June 29,at which time the beach will be full time”.
  • Social distancing will be strongly encouraged while in the water.
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Ship Bottom

Daily limit: None

Beach badge price:

  • Pre-Season– $35 (until May 31).
  • Seasonal– $45(As of June 1).
  • Weekly– $25.
  • Daily– $10.
  • Senior Badge (65+)– $10.

Bathroom facilities:

  • Bathrooms are not expected to be open for Memorial Day weekend.

Other info:

  • There will be no lifeguards on duty for Memorial Day weekend.

Spring Lake


  • The boardwalk remains closed and the parking restrictions are still in place
  • Residents and visitors are required to wear masks when utilizing bathrooms, snack bars, and access points, and when interacting with beach staff, lifeguards or police officers.
  • Please maintain at least sixfeet distance between all people and leave at least 12 feet between your towel/chairs and those of other beachgoers.
  • Avoid crowding together near the water’s edge and utilize open sections of the beach nearer the boardwalk that are typically empty.
  • Large groups and gatherings are prohibited

Daily limit:Capacity will be monitored regularly to determine if it is necessary to reduce or restrict access to specific areas of the beach.

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Beach badge price:All purchases are conducted online at Community Pass

Bathroom facilities:

  • Bathrooms will be open with new cleaning protocols and social distancing guidelines enforced.

Other info:

  • Both North and South End pools will remain closed while the ban on public bathing is in place.
  • Showers and water fountains will not be available.

  • We will temporarily allow food on the beach. Only small soft coolers with food and nonalcoholic

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Surf City


  • All patrons are asked to practice social distancing and wear a face mask upon approaching the badge window

Daily limit:

Beach badge price:

Surf City Beach Badges are only valid in Surf City, not all of Long Beach Island.

  • Daily Badge $8
  • Weekly Badge $20
  • Seasonal $45

Bathroom facilities:

  • Changing rooms and showers are not provided.

Toms River


  • All employees and visitors will be required to wear masks or CDC recommended face covering while inside any township building.
  • Each public counter has partitions to protect workers and residents and all counters will also be equipped with hand sanitizer.

Beach badge price:

  • Beach badges will be on sale iat the Recreation Administration Office, 1810 Warren Point Road, or the Toms River Senior Center located at 652 Garfield Avenue, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Monday through Friday.
  • Full seasonbeach badges for Ortley Beach and Shelter Cove are $35 at the pre-season rate and$50 after June 19.
  • Senior beach IDs cost a one-time fee of $15 and are good for lifetime

Bathroom facilities:

  • Bathrooms will be open and cleaned hourly.

Have an update on beach sales in your town? Send an email to Newstips@app.com and put "Beach badge update" in the subject field.

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Is it illegal to sleep on the beach in New Jersey? ›

Most Jersey Shore beach towns prohibit sleeping on their beach overnight. One iconic shore resort actually has a designated night for you to do it.

Can you bring a cooler on the beach in NJ? ›

Small coolers are permitted. However, coolers, barrels, and tubs that exceed 24" in length and/or have a capacity greater than 36 quarts are NOT permitted. A beach attendant or security officer may inspect your cooler for glass bottles and alcoholic beverages – neither of which are permitted on the beach.

What are the new rules for OCNJ? ›

The new ordinances include an earlier 11 p.m. curfew for people under the age of 18 and a ban on backpacks on the boardwalk after 8 p.m. Julie Suwala said there was a noticeably larger law enforcement presence on the boardwalk enforcing the new rules.

What is the clearest beach in NJ? ›

Cape May's Diamond Beach is the cleanest beach in New Jersey, though Sea Girt and President's Beach are close contenders.

What happens if I sleep at the beach? ›

Sleeping on a public beach at night is prohibited in most of the states. You may face jail time or a fine if you are caught. Also there are many safety concerns with sleeping on the beach, such as wild animals or rising tides. It is not advised to sleep or camp at the beach at night, for health and safety reasons.

Is it illegal to sleep in your car overnight in NJ? ›

Of course, there are penalties if a driver falls asleep behind the wheel and causes an incident. But what about if a motorist pulls over, or is in a parking lot, and decides to take a siesta? Just sleeping in a car is not a crime, according to a blog entry from the Atlantic City-based Law Offices of John J. Zarych.

What can you not bring to the beach? ›

Glass containers are not allowed on any beaches. Bring plastic and paper for your beach goodies, and, of course, dispose of those items properly. Metal shovels move too much sand and are not allowed. You can bring a small plastic shovel for building sandcastles, but excessive digging is not permitted.

Can you drink beer on the beach in New Jersey? ›

Alcohol of any kind has always been prohibited on the beach and boardwalk. In fact, there is already a sign at every street entrance to the beach,” he continued.

Can you drink alcohol on the beach in NJ? ›

Most beaches in New Jersey fall under a local rule banning alcohol consumption. Because the laws surrounding alcohol on beaches vary from town to town, the penalties for drinking on the beach will vary in a similar fashion. In most towns along the Jersey shore, you are likely to face a fine for drinking on the beach.

Can you drink on the boardwalk in Ocean City NJ? ›


Drinking alcohol on the beach or in public is strictly prohibited.

Do you have to pay Ocean City NJ? ›

Beach Tags are required for all beachgoers ages 12 and older and are in effect from the first weekend in June through Labor Day each year. Seasonal tags cost $35 ($30 if purchased by May 31) .

Are tents allowed on Ocean City NJ beaches? ›

Ocean City, New Jersey

Tents and canopies are limited in size to 10 feet by 10 feet and cannot block public or emergency vehicle access. As a matter of courtesy on crowded beaches, patrons are asked to set up devices on the soft sand closer to the dunes.

What is the number 1 beach in NJ? ›

But if you're looking for a beach that is nationally ranked, there is only one New Jersey beach that made the cut. According to Travel & Leisure, Cape May, New Jersey, at the southern tip of the state was ranked as one of the 17 “best” beach towns to visit in the U.S.

What is the oldest beach in New Jersey? ›

The City of Cape May, “The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort,” is located at the southern tip of the Cape May Peninsula in New Jersey. The city is designated the Cape May Historic District, a National Historic Landmark due to its concentration of Victorian buildings.

What NJ beach has the biggest waves? ›

Inlet Beach, Manasquan

The large man-made jetty collects ocean swell into a powerful right wedge ranging from 2 feet to 20 feet. It's one of the most crowded waves on the east coast as well since the reliable rip current next to the jetty allows surfers of all levels to drift out to the peak.

Can you camp overnight on the beach in NJ? ›

You can find it all beach camping in the Garden State. Jersey Shore campsites, cabins, and glamping rentals from Cape May to Sandy Hook offer easy access to white sand beaches, where campers can bike the boardwalks or try water sports—whether surfing, kayaking, boating, or cruising along on a floating tiki bar.

What NJ beaches allow camping? ›

9 Spectacular Spots In New Jersey Where You Can Camp Right On The Beach
  • Bass River State Forest, Bass River. ...
  • Beachcomber Camping Resort, Cape May. ...
  • High Point State Park, Sussex. ...
  • Ocean View Resort Campground, Ocean View. ...
  • Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove. ...
  • Spruce Run Recreation Area, Clinton. ...
  • Worthington State Forest, Columbia.
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Can you sleep at the Jersey Shore house? ›

The Jersey Shore House Seaside Heights NJ is an iconic place to stay, attracting many fans. Famous people like Jimmy Fallon and Ricky Ricard have had parties at the Jersey Shore House. It has three bathrooms and a parking lot for three cars. It can sleep up to 12 people and can be booked for $3,000 per night.

Can you sleep on the beach at Island beach State Park NJ? ›

There is no camping. You should not feed any animals you encounter. If you swim in the ocean you should know about rip currents.


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