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Long Beach Island Off-Season
(Perhaps the Nicest Time of Year!)

Long Beach Island, located off the southern Ocean County NJ coast, is a popular summer tourist destination, and for good reason. Its beaches are white sugar sand and the water is clean and clear. But to many mainlanders such as myself, the best time of year to visit is off-season when the beaches are almost deserted, the air is crisp with a salty smell, and the skies are blue!


The dunes at Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, NJ

The Dunes at the beach entrance in Harvey Cedars

Beach erosion on Long beach Island, NJ, looking north

The beach had seen erosion from a nor'easter in October.
Beach erosion on Long beach Island, NJ, looking south
Way down the beach, backhoes were working to replenish the dunes.

Gulls sunning themselves on the beach in Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island, NJ

Gulls enjoying the sun on a jetty


The ocean water in Long Beach Island is crystal clear!

 

A sanderling along the Atlantic Ocean on Long Beach Island
A sanderling searches for lunch along the shoreline.

 



A herring gull with lunch.
A Herring Gull just found lunch

 

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Entrance to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park,

A few miles north on LBI is Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, located in the Borough of Barnegat Light.


Entrance to the Nature Trail in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, Long Beach Island, NJ

A beautiful maritime forest nature trail is located within the park, but no pets are allowed, so no photos were taken on this visit.

 

Description of the maritime forest at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

 

 

Barnegat Lighthouse, known affectionately as Ol' Barney

Of course, the focal point of the park is Ol' Barney! Dozens of fishermen, both on shore and afloat, fish along the Barnegat Inlet, some on the long pier east of the light (dogs are not allowed on the fishing pier).

The Doris Mae IV and commercial fishing boat Miss Maddy

Miss Maddy, a commercial fishing boat, heads out to sea as Doris Mae IV returns from a fishing charter.

 


A commercial fishing boat docked at Viking Village.


Viking Village in Barnegat Light, located on Long Beach Island
The entrance to Viking Village in Barnegat Light, adjacent to the home of most of the charter and commercial boats.

 


A lovely selection of painted deck chairs.

The view of Ol' Barney and Long Beach Island from the Bay Beach in Barnegat - the "mainland."

 

 

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The Pine Barrens is becoming a popular tourist destination. It offers history, nature, boating, camping, fishing, swimming, and most of all, peace and tranquility. It's important to families who live here, whether for a few years or many generations, that our peace and tranquility be preserved.A local lawyer or doctor won't look any different than his neighbor who works the land. Thousand dollar suits aren't what impress people of the Pines - taking care of nature and fellow man is what matters. To that end, it is important for you to know that as a visitor to our precious Pine Barrens, you should show respect for the flora and fauna, for the historical buildings or their remains, and show respect for the "locals". Walk and drive gently. Treat our Pine Barrens as you would want a visitor to treat your own home town - and your own family. Thank you.

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