New Jersey Beaches – Atlantic County

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Stretching along the Atlantic Ocean, the Jersey Shore is popular for its diverse beaches that provide relaxation, fun and entertainment for people of all ages. The beaches along New Jersey’s beautiful coastline are known having some of the most exciting boardwalks, magnificent beach houses, best restaurants, and great water sports among the many attractions that they offer. From quaint villages

and quiet towns to vibrant cities and amusement piers, there’s something for everyone at the Jersey Shore.

Discover which shore towns produce small, relaxing communities and which towns’ famous attractions draw in hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer. Find out the best beaches in New Jersey for family fun activities from boating, kayaking, surfing and fishing to exploring nature and wildlife from legendary lighthouses and at coastal parks alongside the Jersey Shore. Here's your guide to New Jersey's beautiful beaches including information about daily, weekly, and seasonal beach tag fees.


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Atlantic City

Unlike most of New Jersey’s beaches, there's no beach tag required on the free beach of Atlantic City. Since its “golden age” of the Prohibition era, Atlantic City remains a world-renowned resort, known for its lavish casinos, busy boardwalk, and major conventions. Atlantic City’s casinos aren’t just for gambling; many have made several expansions to include luxury hotels, high-end shops, concert halls, restaurants and electrifying nightlife. Kids of all ages love the amusement rides and fun arcades and shops along the boardwalk.

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Atlantic City Beach Fees

Daily Weekly Seasonal Senior Seasonal Free for Kids Deals


The island of Brigantine is a South Jersey family-friendly resort town with a beautiful, safe beach that offers fun for people all ages. Overlooking the Atlantic City casino skyline, Brigantine offers a peaceful haven just minutes away from the action-packed city amusements nearby. Families enjoy all types of beach ventures from sun bathing, swimming, boating and fishing to special activities such as even whale watching, while leaving room for fun at the unique inland attractions and great restaurants.

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Brigantine Beach Fees

Daily Weekly Seasonal Senior Seasonal Free for Kids Deals
$8 $14 $18 FREE (65+) 12 & Under N/A


Recognized by its smiley-faced, friendly water tower, the beautifully quaint town of Longport is located at the southern tip of Absecon island, encompassing ½ mile of land surrounded by the bay and the Atlantic Ocean on its sides. The small residential town is sprinkled with sizable lavish homes and beautiful cottages along its pristine quiet beach. Those who prefer thrills and amusements enjoy that Longport is just 15 minutes south of the Atlantic City attractions.

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Longport Beach Fees

Daily Weekly Seasonal Senior Seasonal Free for Kids Deals
None (must buy weekly) $10 $30 N/A 12 & Under N/A

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Home of the oldest example of zoological architecture and the six-story high historical landmark known as Lucy the Elephant, Margate is just 5.3 miles south of Atlantic City. Margate is great for fishing and watersports as it is surrounded by a bay to one side its beautiful, clean beach on the Atlantic Ocean side. Visitors and locals also enjoy Margate’s spectacular restaurants and various outdoor activities and entertainment every summer.

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Margate Beach Fees

Daily Weekly Seasonal Senior Seasonal Free for Kids Deals
None None $15 N/A 12 & Under N/A


Adjacent to Atlantic City lies the residential shore community of Ventnor City. Just a few blocks away from the excitement of Atlantic City, Ventnor has its own entertainment and dining options while offering a much quieter shore experience to visitors. Ventnor’s legendary pier stretching out above the ocean allows for magnificent views of the casino skyline and the great Atlantic Ocean.

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Ventnor Beach Fees

Daily Weekly Seasonal Senior Seasonal Free for Kids Deals
None (must buy weekly) $10 $15 N/A N/A N/A

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