Ship Bottom is known as the gateway to
Long Beach Island
because the causeway leading to the mainland goes into this part of the
island. The name supposedly comes from the fact that a shipwreck
happened off the cost and a lovely damsel in distress was rescued from
the bottom of the ship. A beautiful history for this beautiful little town.
This is one of the quieter beaches on Long Beach Island. This is the exact reason that many visitors love it; since it is only a quarter of a mile wide, they can easily walk from the sea to the the bay. Check out the ocean. Too rough? Talk a walk and spend the day on the bay. There is no boardwalk, and only a small amusement area, but if the perfect beach is what you seek, you found it here. This adorable little town has some of the most well kept, naturally beautiful beaches on the Jersey Shore, if not on the east coast, and the beach badge rates are among the lowest.
But there many restaurants and wonderful food stalls to choose from as well as cute little shops and dozens of boutiques catering to the beachy taste. There are lots of beach houses and condos for rent, and, since this section of LBI is only 1/4 mile wide, every one of them is guaranteed to be within walking distance of the beach.
If, for you, summer vacation means the old fashioned pleasures of crabbing, fishing and concerts on the beach, Ship Bottom is for you. The town has a boat ramp and a fishing (or crabbing if you prefer)
pier and a number of great parks. The month of July features free
Concerts by the Bay each Thursday evening at the 10th Street Waterfront
Park. I can't imagine a nicer day at the Shore than hangin' on a dock
catching crabs, cooking them up for dinner and then heading to a beach
concert at night. Fun, delicious and didn't cost me a cent! Check out all of the public accesses and activities on the official page.
This is definitely one of those shore towns that just invites you to put your feet up and enjoy the sun, sand and sea and forget about the rest of the world, for a while, anyway.
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