Surf's Up: Surf City Beach
Beach badges required starting June 18
Located on Long Beach Island, Surf City is situated just four to six miles out from the mainland. Surf City was developed as a resort town but has more than 20 separate communities and is home to about 20,000 year-round residents. Because the town only stretches a mile wide, visitors have easy access to both the bay and the sea. The island has one amusement area but no boardwalk and boasts hundreds of boutiques and fine restaurants.
- Beach badges: $25 for seasonal pass until May 31; $35 for seasonal pass starting June 1; $17 for weekly pass; $7 daily. Seniors and children under 12 years old are free. Required starting June 18. Buy them at the Surf City Municipal Building, 813 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City; 609-494-3064.
- Lifeguard hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Parking: Street parking, no meters. Beachgoers should take note that Surf City police aggressively enforce state laws regulating the distance drivers can park from intersections, crosswalks and stop signs. The borough does not paint curbs or erect signs to signify where parking is not allowed. Drivers should be sure they are parked 50 feet away from stop signs, 25 feet away from intersections or crosswalks and 10 feet away from fire hydrants.
- Restrooms: Surf City Municipal Building, 813 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City.
- Food and drink: Restaurants close to the beach include Subbogie's on North 6th Street and ScoJo's on North 3rd Street near the public parking area. Surf City Pizza is located at North 11th Street and Long Beach Boulevard. Several other restaurants and take-out businesses dot Long Beach Boulevard. Ice cream trucks serve each street in town during the day all summer.