Boulevard, LBI’s main drag, and keep an eye out for the
vintage blue 1978 VW bus with longboards strapped to
the top. You’ve arrived at Woodies Drive-In (509 Long
Beach Boulevard). It’s a fun stop for burgers, dirty fries
(sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning), crab cakes and
banana whips (nondairy and delicious). Perhaps it’s
still early enough for breakfast. That would suggest
Jayson’s Pancake House (500 Long Beach Boulevard), renowned for huge portions and good coffee.
If you’re eager to dig your toes in the sand, you can
do it here. Street parking is free near the beach (that’s
it right in front of you as you drive off the causeway)—
but be aware that each of LBI’s municipalities requires
its own daily, weekly or seasonal beach tag for visitors 12 and older. If you’ve towed along a boat, you can
launch it at one of several Ship Bottom boat ramps. If
you’re into crabbing or fishing, you can drop your lines
at any of four Ship Bottom piers. Kids who can’t wait
to knock a golf ball into a hippo’s mouth can whack
away at Hartland Golf & Arcade. Short on swimwear?
You’ll probably find what you need at the original Ron
Jon Surf Shop, a local landmark since 1961.
LUXE BEACH ISLAND
If Ship Bottom feels too touristy, head north on Long
Beach Boulevard, pass the arty enclave of Surf City
Lindsay L, used
in the film The
can be spotted
at the docks in
where the Sugar
Shack (right) is
among the colorful shops that
draw tourists to
(we’ll return later), and slip into the chilled-out
residential borough of Harvey Cedars, one of the
more exclusive enclaves on the Jersey Shore. A recent
Zillow search yielded a half-dozen post-Superstorm
Sandy homes—heavy on glass, wood and panoramic
views—with price tags reaching almost $5 million.
Beachgoing among the upper crust is possible here.
You just need to find a place to park. For the little ones,
an ideal stop is Harvey Cedars Bay Beach (at East
75th Street; beach badge required). It’s just a block-wide strip of west-facing beach on Barnegat Bay.
There are no facilities, but there’s a small parking lot
and a gazebo for shade.
From Harvey Cedars, we proceed north to Loveladies, an unincorporated neighborhood in the northernmost section of the larger Long Beach Township.
The main attraction here is the Long Beach Island
Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, a long-running
nonprofit where grown-ups can take classes in everything from basketry to plein air painting, and kids
between the ages of 3 and 16 can settle in for summer
camp. The foundation also offers films and intimate
concerts, and operates a gallery whose walls are often
hung with works demonstrating why painters are
drawn to LBI for its light. Exhibitions are free. For the
eco-conscious, the foundation offers daily salt-marsh
aim at Hartland
Golf & Arcade
in Ship Bottom.
off the wares
on display at
his M. T. Burton
gallery in Surf
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