Long Beach Island has been attracting vacation visitors from New York, Philadephia and northern New Jersey for more than 100 years. Just picture an island, 18 miles long, set right in the middle of the ocean. Sure, you say, plenty of them in the Carribean. But how about right here on the Jersey Shore? That's exactly what this beautiful barrier reef island feels like. With Barnegat Bay on one side, beautiful sandy beaches and the rolling waves of the Atlantic on the other, you are surrounded by water, some tranquil, some exciting, on all sides.
Barnegat Lighthouse marks the northern end of LBI, as natives and visitors call it, and visitors to the lighthouse can enjoy a full aerial view of Barnegat Bay, and the ocean, watching the fishing boats ply in and out of the inlet, or the sail boats heading somewhere offshore. The southern end is anchored by a lovely Victorian style village.
Long Beach Island is not a town, but a series of towns located on this barrier island. Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Township (which encompasses seventeen small towns with such beguiling names as Loveladies, Spray Beach and the Dunes), Ship Bottom and Surf City all lie on this lovely stretch of sand like jewels on a beautiful woman's neck.
This island paradise accommodates every kind of visitor, with tons of things to do and places to stay. Do you prefer a B and B? a hotel or motel? an adorable inn or guesthouse? They are all there for you to choose from. Or perhaps you prefer to rent a private home for a week or two; private vacation rentals from two to ten bedrooms await you. You can be sure that LBI can match you up with your dream vacation.
The Beach is the focal point, of course, and the sand and water are picture perfect, but there is plenty else to do on Long Beach Island. There are amusement parks, water sports, bike rentals, boat rentals, golf courses, museums and a beautiful lighthouse to visit, Old Barney.
As befitting any summer community, the choice of eateries is stupendous. Who wants to cook on vacation, right? But the emphasis is heavily on casual food like pizzerias, delis and diners. But there are a few upscale restaurants among the one hundred or so restaurants packed onto this skinny stretch of land.
Sand, sea, sun, lots of things to do and places to eat, separated from
the rest of the world by water on both sides of you. LBI is is the truly
great vacation town you have always dreamed of. Just take Route 72 east, and at the end of the bridge, you will find your perfect summer vacation spot!
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