Long Beach Island, NJ

Kids play safely and happily at this low-key, family-friendly beach.
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Destination Guide

When you think of the beach, do noise, crowds and high prices seem to come with the territory? Welcome to Long Beach Island, New Jersey!

The Beach, copyright John
McDonough/Southern Ocean
County Chamber of Commerce.

This 18-mile-long barrier island is fun, without being touristy, and it's chock full of affordable vacation homes you can rent by the week. A bike lane that runs almost the entire length of the island is perfect for biking and rollerblading. And there are plenty of places to rent beach cruisers, too. And because LBI measures just one-half mile at it's widest part, you'll never be farther than two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean or Barnegat Bay -- a bonus for families with tiny tots.

The island has its own historical attraction -- popular Barnegat Lighthouse. And there are ice cream parlors, miniature golf, and ferris wheel rides in nearby Beach Haven, LBI's "entertainment capital."

Most important, LBI is safe and quiet. People come here mainly to relax -- or as one local put it, "to do nothing." It's the kind of place where you can feel free to toss a frisbee on the beach or lose yourself in a good paperback book -- without worrying where the kids are.

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