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May 23, 2016

2016 Jersey Shore beach guide: Avalon

Avalon may have a smaller population density than some nearby shore towns like Wildwood, Ocean City and Cape May, but that in no way means it's lacking.

The resort town on Seven Mile Island, which it shares with neighboring Stone Harbor, is known for its ritzy edge, including chic shops, fine dining (but there are more laid-back options, too!) and multimillion-dollar real estates.

In fact, Forbes named Avalon one of the most expensive zip codes in the United States. But you don’t have to purchase a permanent pad to enjoy the luxuries; there are plenty of places to stay for a visit, including the newly renovated Golden Inn, which just reopened following a $15 million facelift.

Beach tags:

Beach tags are required to bathe on Avalon's beaches at a cost of $6 per day, $12 per week and $27 for a seasonal tag. There's a seasonal discount if tags are purchased on or before May 31.

Avalon's beach tags can also be used in Stone Harbor and vice versa.

Lifeguard hours:

The following beaches are patrolled during the summer season: 9th, 12th, 15th, 18th, 21st, 24th, 26th, 28th, 30th, 32nd, 35th, 38th, 40th, 43rd, 50th, 57th, 61st, 65th, 69th, 73rd, 76th & 78th streets.

Beach rules: 

Surfing is permitted at the 30th Street Beach and either side of the 12th Street stand, but not near the bathers.

Public parking:

Public parking is available in lots located at 28th - 30th streets & the beach, 32nd & Dune Drive behind the Municipal Building, on the corner of 21st Street & 5th Avenue and off Ocean Drive on 20th Street. 

According to the city website, all parking in Avalon is free of charge.


On Thursday evenings throughout the summer, Avalon hosts live music performances and family fun at Veterans Plaza, coupled with extended shopping hours at the island's many shops. The live music starts at 5:30 p.m. from June 7 - Aug. 25.

More information:

2016 Ultimate Guide to Seven Mile Beach- Avalon & Stone Harbor |