at the BEACH OCEAN COUNTY’S 44 MILES OF
LIFEGUARDS & WATER CONDITIONS
Lifeguards are on duty at the ocean beaches during daytime hours on weekends in
late spring and early autumn and daily in the summer. Hours and dates vary.
For your safety, please check lifeguard hours and water conditions in advance.
WATER & BEACH
Many waterside activities begin well
before summer and continue into
the fall. Our freshwaters are equally
alluring—so explore in a canoe, kayak
or pedal or power boat, cast a rod or
take a swim. Enjoy a sailing lesson or
take an ecotour of Barnegat Bay.
Ocean County and its beach towns focus
tremendous energy and resources on maintaining
the beaches, so expect fees for beach access
and/or parking during weekends in the late spring
and early fall and daily during the summer. Daily
beach badges may be purchased at the beach.
Seasonal passes are also available. Generally,
children are free and senior citizens pay reduced
fees. Some towns offer free access for active-duty
service men and women and their dependents,
OCEAN BEACHES ARE CLEAN, WIDE
AND DOWNRIGHT SPECTACULAR.
THEY ARE NATURE’S ULTIMATE
SO GO FLY A KITE, SWIM, SAIL,
KAYAK, SURF, WATER SKI, SCUBA
DIVE, PARASAIL, PADDLEBOARD,
WIND SURF OR GO FISHING.
BUILD A SANDCASTLE, COLLECT
SEASHELLS, ENJOY VOLLEYBALL
OR YOGA ON THE BEACH OR
BOARDS, OR JUST RELAX AND
WORK ON YOUR TAN.
You are welcome to picnic in
most locations, however, glass
and alcoholic beverages are
not permitted on the beach.
Beaches exclude pets in season
and most boardwalks limit or
exclude bike riding during the
Ocean County’s beaches
have numerous access points
for the disabled and those
in wheelchairs. Ramps are
available at many locations
along the coast. In some areas
beach wheelchairs with large
inflatable tires for easier use
on sand may be available. For
more information on accessibility,
contact the local municipality or
the private beach operator.
Photo by M. Kiely