Harvey Cedars is the Quiet, Relaxed Corner of Long Beach Island


Harvey Cedars is a jewel in a beautiful necklace

Harvey Cedars is a very small jewel on on the beautiful string of towns that makes up the necklace of Long Beach Island. It is tightly situated between North Beach and Loveladies. Its little over one square mile houses fewer than 400 residents year round, but watch out in the seasonal months: more than 2,000 tourists flock to this area for the peace and tranquility that the island has to offer. Most of the properties in town are seasonal rental properties or they are used by owners who live elsewhere in the off season months. It really is your typical Jersey Shore "summer resort town".

Fun, and reasonable, too

Seasonal beach badges are available at Beach Badge booth and Sunset Park. Seasonal badges are available from June 17 through Labor Day. Seasonal are $30 if you buy them before mid-June, which is quite a bargain, otherwise they are $40, (still a bargain compared to other beaches, and they can be ordered on line at the town's site), weekly passes are $20, daily $6, and seniors can get their badge for the whole season for only $9. (They can't be ordered on the form, since proof of age is required.) These special passes are only sold at the Beach Badge Booth. Children 11 and under are free.

What makes it fun? Well, the beach, first of all, which is never far from wherever you are in this truly seaside town, plus there are special events all summer long at the municipal park or hosted by the fire house.

Every street takes you to your fun in the sun

Every street in the borough of Harvey Cedars will lead you to directly to the beach; the town even has a special children’s beach at 77th Street. Parking is not as much of a problem here as it is in some of the other towns on LBI. Parking is available all along the shore with special parking and ramps for the handicapped on Mercer Ave. and 80th street. Parking is also allowed on the side streets; just make sure that you leave room for the locals to get out of their driveways. On the really overcrowded days at the beach (weekends, and especially holiday weekends), you may be able to find additional municipal parking at the sunset park and the public works building between Salem and Passaic Avenues. If you need to use the restrooms or take a shower you will be able to do so at Sunset Park on West Salem Avenue.

And it's all about the beaches

There are not a lot of restaurants, but with all of the other LBI towns, loaded with restaurants so close by, you can find your pick of restaurants within a short drive. Of course, the famous Shellfish Company is close at hand for the freshest in seafood.

Not much in the way of rides, arcades and other seaside activity like that. The town of Harvey Cedars decided to be all about the beaches and keep them relaxed, clean and accessible. For rainy days, or when the kids get truly antsy, there are plenty of arcades or rides if you take the hour ride to Seaside Heights. A lot of people like leaving the noise and action and returning to their quiet haven at the end of a day on the rides!

You can tell that this is a real summer community and it therefore makes it as nice and easy as possible for visitors to relax and enjoy their stay here.

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