Founded in 1874, Beach Haven is one of the duo resort boroughs on the island. Beautiful Victorian houses and shops line the streets. Many of the houses have been converted into bed and breakfasts for the seasonal tourists, and the ambiance is old fashioned, laid back, kick off your shoes and relax.
The only amusement park on the Long Beach Island is located here, so this attraction makes it a favorite spot for families with children. But, there are plenty of activities for all ages; the elders love to tour the museum for historical information of the island, shopping is always a favorite pastime, and there are walking tours of the scenic streets and homes. The younger crowd appreciates the beach and the fun that it has to offer: surfing, swimming, badminton, horseshoes and just plain messing around.
This town is one of the many small boroughs of Long Beach
Island and has one of the most beautiful natural beaches on the eastern
In 2008, it was even named one of the top ten beach vacation spots along the eastern coast. Yearly, it houses approximately 1500 residents; these numbers can become amazingly high during the summer months, tipping into the thousands.
Activities are plentiful here. The beach can be reached easily from any one of the side streets. During the summer months, from June 15 thru Labor Day, however, parking can be a little tricky. Parking shouldn’t really be attempted in front of residents' houses so heed the warnings. Ample parking is available in specifically designated areas. The best streets to find parking would be: Center, Engleside and Coral streets. You may also want to check at the public parking areas for parking at the Bay Village shopping center on Taylor Avenue or on Dock Road along the bay; there you will be able to find ample parking.
Season passes for Beach Haven are some of the most reasonable on the Shore, $5 Daily/ $15 Weekly/ $20 Season by June 28, after June 28 is $35 Season and are available at Borough Hall, Checkers on the beach, or the Center Street Badge booth. Preseason passes can be purchased for $30, seasonal $40, weekly $20, daily $5. With proof of age, senior badges are free! (Children under 12 twelve are also free). Free daily badges are also given to active military personnel and their dependents, upon proof.
There are so many restaurants, activities, shops and amusements that no one could ever complain about being bored in this Shore Town. A true Beach Haven experience is a lovely dinner at the Boat House. It includes a fish market, so you know the fish is fresh, and for something different, try the crab guacamole or the lobster macaroni and cheese!
But some people don't mind being bored here. You might want to try it: just sit back in a beach chair and enjoy the beautiful sand and ocean, or tilt back a rocking chair on one of the beautiful B&B porches.
You can ride the amusement park rides with the kids, or just put your sand chair in the surf and watch them frolic in the water. At the end of the day, you can enjoy a gourmet meal or have hot dogs on the deck. Either way, Beach Haven lets you do it your way.
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