Free Beaches in New Jersey
There are so many things to do in Atlantic City, and enjoying the free beaches is certainly one of them. Surfers can ride the perfect wave on Downtown Beach at Raleigh Avenue, Crystal Beach at New Hampshire Avenue or the Delaware Avenue Beach. Kayakers and windsurfers can take to the ocean at the Jackson Avenue Beach, and boogie boarding is permitted on all Atlantic City beaches—just make sure you have a leash for your board.
In Lower Township, enjoy the wide-open spaces and the natural environment along the waterfront stretch from West Miami Avenue to Lincoln Boulevard.
Tucked along Great Egg Harbor Bay in Upper Township, this sandy shoreline is an ideal spot for launching a kayak to explore the calm waters. After enjoying a quiet afternoon in the sunshine, stop by the nearby Tuckahoe Inn Restaurant & Tavern, a family-owned restaurant serving up fresh seafood and other popular dishes.
Discover small pockets of beaches nestled between bustling marinas in Highlands, where you can watch sailboats, fishing boats and other seafaring vessels as they venture into the sparkling waters. These beaches are conveniently located near a number of seafood restaurants, shops and fishing rental spots.
For sunbathers looking for a quiet beachfront retreat in Middletown Township, Ideal Beach is…well, ideal. It offers less congestion and plenty of peace and quiet without a boardwalk. This 25-acre township park is also equipped with public restrooms and a basketball court.
Jennifer Lane Bay Beach
Take in some sunshine along the Manahawkin Bay in Stafford Township. During the summer months, lifeguards are on duty during the day, so swimmers can take a safe and refreshing dip in the water. There are also several parks nearby for activities such as volleyball, walking, biking, fishing and roller hockey.
Named one of the nation’s Best Restored Beaches by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Society, the beach in Keansburg offers award-winning waterside relaxation and recreation—with facilities that include two wooden bay walks, a fishing pier and marine services. Seeking more chills and thrills? Look no further than Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids Water Park.
This Middletown Township beach offers a get-away-from-it-all atmosphere while still delivering all the trappings of New Jersey’s more populated oceanfront destinations. Nearby, you’ll find a marina, miniature golf and eateries to satisfy every craving.
Between Ocean City and Sea Isle City, you’ll find Strathmere in Upper Township, offering a low-key, off-the-beaten-path beach experience. While there’s no boardwalk, visitors can enjoy the natural splendor of this oceanfront escape.
Head to the northeastern coastline of Union Beach, where you’ll find a quiet stretch of sand running along the edge of extensive salt marshes—a great vantage point for birding. In addition to a bay shoreline, beachgoers can also enjoy strolls along waterfront piers and plenty of parks for playtime.
For fun in the sun, look no further than the free beaches at The Wildwoods. The 5-mile stretch of powdery sand welcomes sun seekers of all ages to enjoy boogie-boarding, body surfing, playing Frisbee, sandcastle building and just relaxing. These beaches also host a number of events throughout the summer. Learn more about the City of Wildwood, North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest beaches.
William Morrow Beach
This small Somers Point beach features plenty of sandy shoreline to spread out your blanket between Higbee and New Jersey Avenues. With lifeguards, restrooms, free parking, outdoor showers, a children’s playground and fishing pier, it’s the perfect spot to spend a sunny summer day.
Looking for even more at the shore? Explore our comprehensive Beaches Directory, which lists every place you can go to enjoy sun, sand and surf along our stunning 130-mile coastline.