Free Beaches in New Jersey
Atlantic City Beaches
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 wind surfers are allowed at the Jackson Avenue Beach, and anglers can throw in a line on the beaches from 10 am – 6 pm. Learn more about Atlantic City beaches.
Barnegat Township was one of the leading sea ports in the region, located right on the Barnegat Bay. It now offers a public dock for boat launching, crabbing and fishing, along with a boardwalk and the beach. Also at your leisure, you may go on the historic walking tour throughout downtown. Learn more about Barnegat Beach.
Corson’s Inlet State Park, Strathmere
Walk along the serene shoreline of this undeveloped beach area, where shorebirds, terns and gulls can be spotted along the forested sand dunes. This natural preserve also is a popular spot for boating and fishing (fees may apply), and hiking along the nature trails. Learn more about Corson’s Inlet.
Discover small pockets of beaches nestled between bustling marinas, 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. Learn more about Highlands Beach.
Ideal Beach, Middletown Township
For sunbathers looking for a quiet beachfront retreat, Ideal Beach is … well, ideal. It offers less congestion without a boardwalk, great fishing, bird watching and plenty of peace and quiet. Learn more about Ideal Beach.
Jennifer Lane Beach, Lower Township
Located on the southern edge of New Jersey, this township boasts dramatic sunsets due to its prime spot between the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. Bring a beach towel and enjoy the sandy shoreline along the bay front, particularly on Beach Haven W. Boulevard. Learn more about the Lower Township.
This kid-friendly beach is perfect for family fun in the sun. Spend the day on the beautiful shoreline, and then take a stroll on the Keansburg Pier to take in the breathtaking sunset. Also on the boardwalk is Keansburg Amusement Park & Rapids Water Park. Learn more about Keansburg Beach.
Leonardo Beach, Middletown Township
This 1.3-acre beach can be accessed through the parking area for Leonardo State Marina, located four blocks off Route 36 in Leonardo. On this free beach, you can enjoy swimming and fishing. Learn more about Leonardo Beach.
Manahawkin Beach, Stafford Township
Take in some sunshine along the Manahawkin Bay at the Jennifer Lane Bay Beach. During the summer months lifeguards are on duty and there are several parks nearby for activities such as volleyball, paths for walking and biking, fishing pier and a roller hockey pit. Learn more about Manahawkin Beach.
Ocean County Park, Lakewood
The free amenities don’t stop at the sandy beach and swimming areas. This diverse park also offers complimentary access to the tennis courts, open play fields, beach volleyball and a driving range, along with plenty of hiking trails and picnic areas. Learn more about Ocean County Park.
Strathmere, Upper Township
Between Ocean City and Sea Isle City, you’ll find Strathmere, offering a low-key, off-the-beaten path beach experience – for free! While there’s no boardwalk, visitors can enjoy the natural splendor of this oceanfront escape. Learn more about Strathmere beaches.
Head to the northeastern point of Union Beach, where you’ll find a quiet beach running along the edge of extensive salt marshes—a great vantage point for birding. Just park in the lot at the end of Front Street, and choose your sundrenched spot along the shoreline. Learn more about Union Beach.
For fun in the sun, look no further than the free beaches at The Wildwoods. The 5-mile stretch of powdery sand welcomes beach goers of all ages, who come to enjoy boogie-boarding, body surfing, playing Frisbee, sand castle building and just relaxing. These beaches also host a number of events throughout the summer. Learn more about City of Wildwood, North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest beaches.
William Morrow Beach, Somers Point
This small beach features plenty of sandy shoreline to spread out your blanket, but it’s biggest draw is the free concert lineup on Friday nights during the summer. Bring a beach chair, pack your cooler, and enjoy a live music performance featuring everything from R&B to reggae.
Cheesequake State Park in Matawan and Island Beach State Park in Seaside Park both offer great deals, pay for the parking and the entire carload can enjoy the beach. So pile up the minivan and bring some sunscreen to fully enjoy the day.