Free Beaches in New Jersey

Check-out this list of FREE New Jersey beaches! These beaches require NO beach badge fees.
  • Keansburg Beach
    Keansburg Beach

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, wind surfers and boogie boarders are allowed at the Jackson Avenue Beach. Learn more about Atlantic City beaches.


Barnegat Beach

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.


Highlands Beach

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.


Keansburg Beach

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.


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.


Union Beach

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.


The Wildwoods

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 Somers Point 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.