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May 23, 2016

2016 Jersey Shore beach guide: Surf City

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Members of the Surf City Beach Patrol catch a wave on one of the Long Beach Island town's beaches. The beach patrol guards Surf City's beaches daily from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. during the summer season.

Surf City is located at the midway point of Long Beach Island – the borough’s Division Avenue is considered the dividing line between LBI’s northern and southern halves.

It is part of an area that once was known as Great Swamp until the town's residents voted to change its name to Long Beach City in 1875 (good decision) and then again to Surf City in 1894 (better decision).

Beach tags:

The 2016 beach tag season in Surf City runs from June 18 through Sept. 5. The borough requires all visitors between the ages of 12 and 64 to wear tags on all its beaches. Beachgoers 11 and younger, or 65 and older, do not require beach badges.

Through May 31, Surf City’s seasonal beach tags can be purchased for $25 by mail using this form or in person at the Surf City beach badge booth at Borough Hall, 813 Long Beach Blvd. The booth opened May 1 and will remain open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the summer.

The seasonal beach badge price increases to $35 on June 1. The 2016 weekly tags are $18, and daily tags are $7.

Lifeguard hours:

The Surf City Beach Patrol guards the borough’s beaches daily from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. during the summer season.

Beach rules:

Surf City has designated “bathing only” beaches that are reserved for swimming. Rafts and Boogie boards are permitted on these beaches. The guarded portions of these beaches include the areas between Division and North Second streets, Fourth and Sixth streets, Eighth and 10th streets, 12th and 14th streets, 16th and 18th streets and 20th and 22nd streets.

Swimmers must stay between flags on each beach.

During the season, while lifeguards are on duty, surfing is restricted to the beach south of the South First Street jetty to the South Second Street lifeguard station’s northern flag. All surfers must use leashes with their surfboards.

Surf fishing is only permitted from the northern side of the 23rd Street jetty to the 24th Street lifeguard station’s southern flag while the lifeguards are on duty.

The launching of kayaks or personal watercraft, like jet skis, is prohibited on city beaches while lifeguards are working. Scuba diving and spearfishing also is prohibited while lifeguards are on duty.

Surf City beach visitors are prohibited from walking on the jetties.

Public parking:

Street parking is available throughout Surf City. Follow restrictions on posted signs.


A searchable calendar of events in Surf City can be found here.

More information:

Surf City municipal website | Surf City borough Facebook page | Surf City Beach Patrol | Surf City Police Department's Twitter account and Facebook page