Belmar’s beaches stretch for more than a mile, and are among the finest and most popular along New Jersey’s entire coast. Belmar strives to offer the healthiest beach environment for our residents and visitors. Our beach staff cleans and grooms the beaches every evening, and we strictly enforce restrictions that prohibit smoking on the beaches and boardwalk, except in several small designated smoking areas near the boardwalk. Belmar’s beaches are especially fun for children. In addition to a series of colorful and fun beach playgrounds every few blocks, several of our beaches are devoted to activities like boogie boarding, kayaking and surfing. We even offer a surf camp at 3rd Avenue Beach, where kids of all ages can take surfing lessons.
Belmar prides itself on the accessibility of our beaches. Whether you’re just pushing a stroller or you have friend or family member with special needs, please take a moment to read about the facilities and services Belmar offers to make getting on the beach easy. For the environmentally minded, Belmar offers a natural beach, where colorful educational signs will describe the various types of plant life and birds nearby. If you look carefully in the sand, you may even find a prehistoric shark tooth. And if you enjoy history, be sure to stop by the educational display on the boardwalk near 9th Avenue, which will point you to the wreck of the SS Malta, which foundered off 9th Avenue during a storm on November 24, 1885. The stern post of the ship can still be seen above the surface offshore, and the foremast of the ship is located on land nearby.
If you’d rather just sit and enjoy the beach, there is a concession at 10th Avenue where you can rent umbrellas and beach chairs. For a map showing the locations of these various beaches and activities, click here. Our boardwalk, with its recycled plastic lumber surface, is a wonderful place to walk, jog, people-watch or just relax and enjoy the Ocean views. Well-maintained restrooms are located every few blocks. We are constantly making improvements to our facilities and beautifying our boardwalk and dunes.
Beach badges are required for admission to Belmar’s beaches from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on weekends only from Memorial Day weekend until the full season starts on the third Monday of June, when badges are required every day until Labor Day. The fee for daily badges is $7 per day (children 15 and under are free). Seasonal badges are available for $50 and $15 for senior citizens, aged 62 and over with identification verifying age, and for disabled individuals (see limitations below). Belmar also offers free beach admission to active members of the military and their families through “Operation: Thank You.” Click here for details about this program, click here. Belmar Volunteer First Responders (First Aid and Firefighters) are admitted to the beach from free when showing their valid membership ID cards.
By law, all beach badge revenue is maintained in a separate Beach Utility Account and is used only to fund the direct and indirect costs of operating and maintaining Belmar’s beaches. Seasonal Beach Badges may be purchased beginning December 1st through the middle of May at Borough Hall located at 601 Main Street. Once the beach is officially open you may only purchase badges at the Taylor Pavilion located at 5th and Ocean Avenues on the boardwalk between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm.