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14 Free New Jersey Beaches Worth Visiting

by The Jersey Shore Girl
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While many New Jersey beach towns require a beach tag or token for admission, there are still plenty more that are free to enter. These beaches are just as beautiful and enjoyable as their admission-only neighbors, and a great way to enjoy everything the Jersey Shore has to offer. Some are state or local parks, and others are quiet stretches of sandy beachfront space. Read on for our list of New Jersey beaches that are completely free and worth visiting. 

Atlantic City

The Atlantic City beaches are famous for a reason. The destination boasts casinos, restaurants, shopping, concerts, a fun boardwalk, and of course, expansive beaches. Beach and boardwalk activities include surfing, kayaking, fishing, and windsurfing.

Bay Front

This Lower Township beach in Cape May stretches from W. Miami Avenue to Lincoln Boulevard and offers free admission and also permits food. This space is peaceful and has a lot of wide open space.

Beesley’s Point

This spot is located in Great Egg Harbor Bay in Upper Township. The waters are calm here, and this is a popular kayaking spot.

Cape May State Point Park

This state park is tranquil and quiet, and it has freshwater meadows, the Cape May Lighthouse, as well as a free beach. It’s a great spot to walk along the beach and spot some birds.

Corson’s Inlet State Park | Ocean City

Established in 1969, the shoreland was preserved from development – resulting in a beautiful beach. The area is known for hiking, boating, interpretive tours, saltwater fishing, and crabbing. Locals also canoe and kayak.

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Jennifer Lane Bay Beach

This Stafford Township spot on the Manahawkin Bay has a lifeguard from 10AM-5PM during the summer.

Keansburg Beach

These scenic beaches overlook the skyline of lower Manhattan — plus, Keansburg is also home to a fun amusement park and water park to make it a full day of outdoor activities. Just be warned, beaches have no lifeguards.

Leonardo + Ideal Beaches

These two Middletown bay beaches are great spots for a chill afternoon. There aren’t restaurants or boardwalks in the area, so you’re not going to see the crowds that other beaches draw.

Sandy Hook*

A popular beach destination for New Jersey residents, Sandy Hook beach is great for fishing, scuba diving, swimming, and surfing. It’s also a great place for a picnic. The iconic lighthouse built in 1764 is still operating – a true beauty.  *There is $20 parking required, so it’s not ‘free’ perse, but the beach aspect is.


Great for surfing, fishing, and hiking, Strathmere Beach is a must-visit. The town is located in Upper Township in Cape May County – known for its grand Victorian houses.

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Union Beach

Union Beach is in Monmouth County, and its salt marshes are an excellent place to see birds and go for walks along the bay shore.

Wildwood + North Wildwood

Practically a rite-of-passage for Jersey natives, Wildwood beaches span over five miles. The spacious sand areas make for a great space for beach sports like volleyball, frisbee throwing, soccer, and more. The boardwalk is one of the best in the state boasting rides for adults and kids alike, restaurants, and bars, shopping, and more.

Wildwood Crest

Founded in 1910, Wildwood Crest is a borough in Cape May County. Swimming, sailing, and sunsets are what visits experience at Wildwood Crest beach. Locals like to jet ski, fish, and ride in sailboats. The atmosphere is peaceful and family-friendly.

William Morrow Beach

This beach is located in Somers Point, sprawling between Higbee and New Jersey Avenues. It has lifeguards, restrooms, free parking, outdoor showers, a children’s playground, and a fishing pier.

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