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Island Beach State Park

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Open Now: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Awesome Beach Peaceful

This is one of the best beaches along the Jersey Shore. No hustle or bustle. Pure beach and surf... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
Brooklyn, New York
great park!

loved that this is undeveloped. the dunes are massive and the maritime forest on the secondary dune... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
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One of the few undeveloped barrier island covering 3,000 acres. Activities include fishing, swimming, sunbathing and surfing. The state's largest osprey colony, as well as peregrine falcons, wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl and migrating...more
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Seaside Park, NJ 08752
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Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

The land is wonderful and worth the visit! BUT the managers and much of the public have killed and abused fixes in the name of ... ignorance. I will not support local businesses that don’t openly oppose fox killing and destroying their habitat. The zoo...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank baldvit
Reviewed 5 October 2018

This is one of the best beaches along the Jersey Shore. No hustle or bustle. Pure beach and surf. Very relaxing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kuvasz15
Reviewed 3 October 2018

loved that this is undeveloped. the dunes are massive and the maritime forest on the secondary dune is amazing!there are varied ecosystems here a must for nature lovers!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank redforemantm
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This is the best beach in new Jersey. Dog friendly and great for the family.has trails and bathroom facilities.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LeaFThieF
Reviewed 3 October 2018

My dog loves this beach. Great walking and the ocean - cannot beat it. The atmosphere and cleanliness are wonderful and the park rangers are super nice.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ottsvillian
Reviewed 28 September 2018

We live 75 miles from IBSP (it is 2.5+ hours drive) and therefore only go here off-season. The southern-most section is a wonderful place to enjoy the beach/ocean without having to also see motels/condos and multi-million$ houses. There are usually several dozen large vehicles on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JimM-NJ
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

How many beaches have you gone to wear some of your backdrop is skyscraper size Hotels? There is none of this at Island Beach State Park so go there if you’d like to see natural settings. I have been going there for years you can...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank learnnancy57
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This is a great park in North Jersey and great for day tripping. You pay by the carload and it is quite reasonable. They have even added a bar! There is plenty of beach space and parking but it does fill up on weekends so...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

The ocean side of this beach is really pretty! The water is nice and blue and pet friendly a little further down the island! The bay side water was really disgusting. I recommend insect repellant because the flies here are huge and abundant! And their...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank amandakulick22
Reviewed 10 August 2018

I really want to give IBSP 4.5 stars. The beach itself is beautiful, I much prefer it to the town beaches on the Shore. For one thing, access is much cheaper. It also has a less developed feel. My problem is that I've been going...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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maryann s
31 July 2018|
Response from M P | Reviewed this property |
Call ahead, but on weekdays they open at 8. 8:30 should still be ok. I always get there at 8 and there is never a problem with lines.
jenny s
19 June 2018|
Response from M P | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. They're not offered on the beach and the two food areas don't rent as far as I know. On the way in on route 35, there are quite a few stores that will sell you beach paraphernalia.