Destination guide

Enjoy seaside charm near vacation homes in Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island is a beach-lover’s paradise, filled with small shore towns and pristine stretches of white sand. From its intriguing historic sites to its charming seaside towns, Long Beach Island ensures the perfect seaside getaway for travelers, complete with a range of vacation home rentals near the most popular areas.


Historical interest in Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island is filled with heritage sites that offer interest and excitement for history buffs. Vacation rentals are available near such sites as the Tuckerton Seaport, a maritime village and seaport with re-created structures to offer a glimpse into the past, and the New Jersey Maritime Museum, a nautical museum with shipwreck artifacts, navigation equipment, and exhibits related to seafaring. The Long Beach Island Museum preserves the history and unique culture of the area with exhibits of life in the 1800s, and the Barnegat Light Museum celebrates the lighthouse and its maritime history with exhibits and artifacts.

Things to do

Nature and wildlife near Long Beach Island vacation rentals

Aside from the idyllic beaches for sunbathing and relaxing, Long Beach Island has plenty of natural areas and trails to delight the nature lover. Vacation homes can be found near such exciting locations as the Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, a scenic park with a maritime forest, nature trails, and a lighthouse with panoramic views, and Island Beach State Park, a nature preserve on a barrier island with a soft sand beach, dunes, marshes, and forests. The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, a coastal reserve known for excellent bird-watching and nature trails, is also great for wildlife viewing. Fantasy Island Amusement Park, a theme park with thrill rides, games, and carnival food, is also popular for families.


Activities and attractions in Long Beach Island

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in town? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Long Beach Island a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Steel Pier (23.8 mi / 38.2 km)
  • Hartland Miniature Golf & Arcade (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Eagleswood Amusement Park (5.5 mi / 8.9 km)
  • Settler's Mill Adventure Golf (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Thundering Surf Waterpark (6.3 mi / 10.1 km)
  • Fantasy Island Amusement Park (6.3 mi / 10.2 km)
Outdoor activities

Must-try adventures near vacation homes in Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island has endless opportunities to get outside and explore the landscape. Hiking, horseback riding, and biking are popular activities on the island forest and parks, while fishing, parasailing, swimming, sailing, and surfing are popular for water recreation. There are also excellent golf courses on the island, and if you prefer to take in the scenery by air, skydiving, hot-air ballooning, and biplane rides are on the offer.


Seasonal weather in Long Beach Island

If you're planning a vacation around the weather, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 84°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Long Beach Island

Travelers enjoy Long Beach Island for its island views and seaside. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Long Beach Island. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Brant Beach (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Spray Beach (5.6 mi / 9 km)
  • Jacques Cousteau Coastal Center (9.5 mi / 15.2 km)
  • Bass River State Forest (13 mi / 21 km)
  • Double Trouble State Park (17.3 mi / 27.8 km)
  • Island Beach State Park Entrance (18.4 mi / 29.6 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Long Beach Island

Fly into Atlantic City, NJ (ACY-Atlantic City Intl.), the closest airport, located 24.9 mi (40 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Belmar, NJ (BLM-Monmouth Executive), which is 36.8 mi (59.2 km) away.

Restaurants and bars

Best cuisine in Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island has a unique blend of flavors and tastes that come from its array of cultural influences. Local restaurants often make use of locally grown food sources, such as tomatoes, peaches, blueberries, and cranberries, though submarine sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and soft pretzels are also common. Local seafood is also popular in Long Beach Island restaurants and eateries, with a variety of shellfish and fish making it onto the menu. Salt water taffy, a soft candy that’s a common souvenir food for beachside towns, was also originally produced from a resort town in New Jersey. Whatever your craving, it’s easy to find the ideal restaurant for your taste near Long Beach Island vacation homes.

Essential info

Key facts about stays in Long Beach Island vacation homes

Like the New Jersey State mainland, Long Beach Island is a hygienic and safe area with quality medical care and emergency services. It’s recommended to bring any medications you may need with you, but there are pharmacies and hospitals available. The tap water is potable, but you may be restricted from drinking natural water in parks. Though the shoreline generally has calm waters, it’s important to check the weather and tide conditions for the local beaches during your stay at your summer rental.

Where to stay around Long Beach Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,540 vacation rentals near Long Beach Island. From 1,252 Houses to 201 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Long Beach Island are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Long Beach Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Long Beach Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ocean City: 2,348 vacation rentals
  • Atlantic City: 1,460 vacation rentals
  • Jersey Shore: 7,915 vacation rentals
  • Brigantine: 936 vacation rentals
  • Beach Haven: 1,114 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Long Beach Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Long Beach Island?

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

  • Ocean City: 2,348 rentals
  • Atlantic City: 1,460 rentals
  • Brigantine: 936 rentals
  • Beach Haven: 1,114 rentals
  • Seaside Heights: 815 rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Long Beach Island?

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

  • Seaside Heights Beach: 1,623 rentals
  • Seaside Park Beach: 1,596 rentals
  • Mantoloking Beach: 1,481 rentals
  • Boardwalk Hall: 1,976 rentals
  • Island Beach State Park Entrance: 1,765 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Long Beach Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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