Every New Jersey native knows the plight of laying out their beach towel, getting cozy in the sand and then seeing the badge checker approaching to collect their fee. And while $7 to $12 doesn’t seem so bad every once in a while, the costs quickly add up for anyone looking to head down the shore a few times this summer. But fear not my fellow beachgoers. Not every shore spot has a cost of admittance. Here are 9 New Jersey beaches that are free to lounge on all summer long.
William Morrow Beach – Somers Point, NJ
William Morrow Beach is open to the public seven days a week starting in June. The sandy coastline features restrooms, outdoor showers, a playground and free parking. It’s also home to an annual summer concert series starting on July 2 and running every Friday at 7 p.m. through September 17.
The Wildwoods Beaches – Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood, NJ
Perhaps the most family-friendly on the list, all three of the Wildwoods New Jersey beaches are free to visitors. There is plenty to do from day to night for those of all ages, thanks to the adjacent boardwalk packed with rides and games.
Beesley’s Point Beach – Upper Township, NJ
Down in Cape May County, Beesley’s Point is a small, free beach just across Great Egg Harbor Bay from Ocean City, New Jersey. The quiet beach is a great spot to launch kayaks and enjoy scenic views of the bay.
Jennifer Lane Bay Beach – Stafford Township, NJ
Jennifer Lane Bay Beach is a free bayfront shoreline spanning the community of Beach Haven West along Manahawkin Bay in New Jersey. Located across from Long Beach Island, Jennifer Lane is a great alternative to the crowded beaches of LBI.
Strathmere – Upper Township, NJ
Tucked between the popular destinations of Ocean City and Sea Isle City is Strathmere with just about one-and-a-half miles of free New Jersey beaches. While there’s no boardwalk at the Upper Township beach, Ocean City offers plenty to do in a quick drive.
Highlands Beach – Highlands, NJ
Just down from Sandy Hook located along Highlands Reach and Sandy Hook Bay are the small beaches of the borough of Highlands. The quiet coasts offer a free, less populated alternative to Sandy Hook.
Ideal Beach – Middletown, NJ
Ideal Beach is home to 25 acres along Sandy Hook Bay. The quiet coast allows you to spread out and give yourself a little space while sunbathing in the sand. Bonus: Expect a great view of New York City on a clear day.
Atlantic City Beaches – Atlantic City, NJ
Atlantic City is home to major casinos, restaurants, shops and, of course, sandy shores. Whether staying for the weekend or hitting the sand before catching a show at one of the city’s many venues, the Atlantic City, New Jersey beaches are always free. Be sure to also check out the iconic Atlantic City boardwalk which was built in 1870.
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Corson’s Inlet State Park – Ocean City, NJ
Corson’s Inlet State Park is a natural oceanfront preserve in Ocean City, New Jersey offering beautiful views of wildlife and undeveloped beaches. The state park is a great spot for hiking, fishing and sunbathing. However, swimming is not allowed.
Which one of these free New Jersey beaches are you heading to this summer? Let us know in the comments below.