The Queen City - Six Miles at Sea
Beach Haven, located on Long Beach Island south of the Manahawkin Bay
Bridge, is the busiest beach town on the island during the summer. This
community is a bustling tourist center with many fine hotels, motels,
and Bed and Breakfasts, and has the islands only amusement area, along
with many restaurants, nightclubs and fine beaches. The town also boasts
a historical district with many Victorian seaside houses on streets such
as Atlantic, South Atlantic, Beach, North Beach and Engleside, Amber,
Centre, Coral, Pearl, Second and Third streets.
Like all other Long Beach island communities, Long Beach Boulevard is
the towns main thoroughfare, although it's called Bay Avenue in Beach
Haven. It is here that you will find many of the towns shops and
restaurants including Bay Village and Schooner's Wharf, along with
Fantasy Island Amusement Park and the Thundering Surf Water Slide.
In the Historical district, you'll find the Long Beach Island Historical
Museum,The Surflight Theater, Veterans Bicentenial Park as well as the
islands' best beaches. You can also go back in time and savor the
character of a late 19th century coastal resort town by taking a tour of
buildings constructed before 1900. Each is marked with a white plaque
inscribed in blue, "Bicentennial, Pre-1900."
During July and August, The Alliance for a Living Ocean runs 3-hour
eco-tours of the island that leaves from the COC (265 West 9th Street).
One tour does the North half of the island while does the South. The
Alliance also sponsors field trips and other special programs in the
summer. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors an annual chowder cook-off in
Life doesn't stop at sundown either, there are many fine restaurants,
and plenty of action after dark.
In short, Beach Haven is a place for folks of all ages to enjoy