Destination guide

Beach Haven—where the living is easy

Picture-perfect beaches, family-friendly attractions, charming historic properties, and award-winning restaurants all come together in one area of laid-back Long Beach Island—Beach Haven. The chance to take up temporary residence on this sun-drenched stretch of Atlantic coast has been enthusiastically embraced ever since wealthy Philadelphians began building extravagant summer houses here in the 1870s. Many ornate Victorian and Edwardian properties are lovingly preserved to this day in the resort’s historic downtown. Nowadays, the range of centrally located Beach Haven vacation rentals available allows you to really make the most of your time in one of New Jersey’s favorite summer playgrounds.

Things to do

Family fun in Beach Haven

Fantasy Island Amusement Park is one of the top family attractions in Beach Haven, drawing vacationers from across Long Beach Island and further afield. The park is themed around the resort’s Victorian heritage, with brick sidewalks, Tiffany glass chandeliers, and ornate lampposts. The focal point is the giant Ferris wheel, while the highlight of many visits is a ride on the gaily painted carousel, which was custom-designed using authentic turn-of-the-century molds. Next door, Thundering Surf Water Park provides thrills and spills of a different kind, featuring numerous slides, a lazy river, and a beach specially designed for toddlers.


Summer action in Beach Haven

Swimming, fishing, surfing, and kayaking are part of everyday life in this resort, so if you’re lucky enough to have bagged a Beach Haven vacation rental on the beach, you’ll never be far from the action. The pace steps up a gear during the busy summer season, with live music in Veteran’s Park, fireworks on the bay, and yoga on the beach. Self-guided tours of Beach Haven’s downtown help to put into context the local heritage landmarks, from the historic public library that houses a small museum of local life to the celebrated Surflight Theater.


Beach Haven—sunshine all summer long

Long Beach Island’s reliable subtropical climate is one of the reasons for its enduring popularity as a summer getaway. The humidity that’s prevalent further inland is tempered by fresh sea breezes, while balmy evenings are perfect for enjoying barbecues on the starlit patios of Beach Haven vacation rentals. July and August are the wettest months, with the occasional thunderstorm a possibility. Late fall is an ideal time to snap up off-peak bargains on Beach Haven vacation rentals and benefit from fewer crowds, although some seasonal attractions may be closed.

Natural features

Beach heaven in Beach Haven

Beach Haven residents take deserved pride in the long stretch of sand that’s given the town its name. The sand dunes that protect Long Beach Island from tidal surges are one of the coastline’s most striking natural features, and the warm waters of the Atlantic create ideal conditions for sport fishing, with charter boats heading far out to sea from Beach Haven in search of tuna, marlin, or sea bass. Closer to shore, it’s possible to catch flounder in the surf and be rewarded with a tasty supper into the bargain.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Beach Haven

Fly into Atlantic City, NJ (ACY-Atlantic City Intl.), the closest airport, located 21.1 mi (34 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Belmar, NJ (BLM-Monmouth Executive), which is 40.9 mi (65.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Beach Haven?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,118 vacation rentals near Beach Haven. From 918 Houses to 147 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Beach Haven for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Beach Haven?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Beach Haven:

  • Brant Beach: 449 vacation rentals
  • Barnegat Light: 641 vacation rentals
  • South Beach Haven: 335 vacation rentals
  • Loveladies: 801 vacation rentals
  • North Beach Haven: 926 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Beach Haven?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Beach Haven. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fantasy Island Amusement Park: 1,890 vacation rentals
  • Thundering Surf Waterpark: 1,889 vacation rentals
  • Museum of New Jersey Maritime History: 1,932 vacation rentals
  • Surflight Theatre: 1,932 vacation rentals
  • Settler's Mill Adventure Golf: 1,890 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Beach Haven listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Beach Haven?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 918 Houses in Beach Haven. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Beach Haven include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 147 rentals available
  • Cottages: 14 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 14 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Beach Haven?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 100 vacation rentals with pool available in Beach Haven. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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