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  • I was fortunate to be there when most things were still open so I decided to spend a day around the LBI and Barnegat areas
  • I was pleased to find a very quaint, somewhat older but still nicely kept area, with pastel-colored beachy houses and condos, many hotels and B&B’s, and a nice selection of beach themed stores, arts and craft venues, eating places, and historical elements like the Barnegat Lighthouse, which unfortunately was not open at the time, but at least I got to see the outside of it
  • I found them to mostly be locals, lots of Italian families running very nice Italian restaurants and eager to tell you about the island
  • I hope I can go back to experience it in its full glory


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      I visited New Jersey for a week in Manahawkin, which is about a ten minute drive from Long Beach Island. I was there in the late summer/early Autumn, and was told that the beaches were either extremely packed, or dead as a doornail in the off season. I was fortunate to be there when most things were still open so I decided to spend a day around the LBI and Barnegat areas.

      I was pleased to find a very quaint, somewhat older but still nicely kept area, with pastel-colored beachy houses and condos, many hotels and B&B’s, and a nice selection of beach themed stores, arts and craft venues, eating places, and historical elements like the Barnegat


      Lighthouse, which unfortunately was not open at the time, but at least I got to see the outside of it. People working around the area were very laid back and friendly.

      I found them to mostly be locals, lots of Italian families running very nice Italian restaurants and eager to tell you about the island. I found a small store which sold handmade soaps, craft items and upscale bath and beauty products at very reasonable prices.

      I was told that I was lucky to have made it down “before everything closed. ” It’s a shame they are not open all year– but I suppose it is economically impossible, especially at the moment.

      The beach itself was ...


      • a total surprise to me. I’m a Southerner and I am used to the warm Florida gulf waters.

        This was a whole new ocean… and it was cold! I managed to get my feet wet but that was all I could tolerate, and of course I was laughed at and called a wimp. (That’s ok, let’s see them squirm in 100 degree Alabama heat!) I will say the beach looked much, much cleaner than I had expected.

        Kudos to New Jersey for cleaning up the mess I had so often heard about. I would even say the quality of these beaches approached the level of any I have seen elsewhere.

        They looked very inviting and

        nice. Did I mention they were cold?

        Another tidbit that makes me want to go back is that several people told me the area is famously haunted.

        There have been a couple of books written on the Long Beach Island Ghosts, and I read one– now I want to go revisit the places they were telling about!

        I would love to see this NJ beach and it’s friendly inhabitants again. It’s a little gem that I don’t think has gotten near the publicity or credit it deserves.

        I hear they have many entertainment events in the summer months. I hope I can go back to experience it in its full glory.




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