UPDATE: By now all beaches should be fully open. Bear in mind most of them have limited daily passes that must be purchased with the Viply app. Check the app before you go to make sure there are still badges available.
Here’s an overview of Jersey Shore’s beaches and their status as we go into the summer season. Note that every piece of information can change at any time. Feel free to let us know of any changes you’re aware of.
For every location, you should assume social distancing is required, both on the boardwalk (if applicable) and in the sand, and masks might be required in public places like pavilions and restrooms.
We didn’t compile information on vacation rentals, but check www.ShoreVacations.com for New Jersey shore rentals as individual owners will have the correct answer for each particular area.
We highlighted in GREEN beaches that are pretty much open and you can go enjoy a day sitting in the sun (however swimming is not guaranteed), while in RED are beaches that don’t allow sitting or have other restrictions that make it rather avoidable for now.
- Sandy Hook: Ocean and bayside beaches are accessible for passive recreational use only, including running, hiking, fishing and kayaking. Swimming, picnicking and group gatherings and activities are prohibited.
- Sea Bright: Beaches are open.
- Monmouth Beach: Beaches are open for recreational use.
- Long Branch: The beach, boardwalk, adjacent roadway and promenade are open. Portable restrooms available.
- Asbury Park: Beaches are open and swimming is permitted. To maintain social distancing, the Boardwalk has been set up for one-way travel in each direction, and benches have been removed to eliminate congregation.
- Ocean Grove: The beach and boardwalk are open.
- Bradley Beach: The beach and promenade are open to be utilized for exercise purposes alone.
- Avon-By-The-Sea: The beach and boardwalk are currently open. Limited restrooms available. Swimming allowed on weekends until June 15 and daily afterwards.
- Belmar: The beach and boardwalk are open. No dogs are allowed on the beach or boardwalk and bicycling, rollerblading and skateboarding are all prohibited.
- Spring Lake: The beach is open and can be accessed at: Pitney, Lorraine, Tule, Washington, Sussex, Salem, Union and Brown Ave. walkways. The Boardwalk is closed. Badges are required on weekends and must be purchased in advance. Masks might be required in certain locations.
- Manasquan: Seasonal pass holders alone can access the beach. Beach access will be limited to the 9 access ramps. The beach walk will remain closed north-to-south, and use will be limited to east-to-west crossings to access the beach at the listed locations.
- Sea Girt: The beach is open, and can be accessed at all locations. The boardwalk is closed to pedestrian traffic until further notice.
- Point Pleasant Beach: Maryland Avenue Beach is open. The other beaches and the boardwalk are opening May 29. Parking lots open that day but street parking only on June 5.
- Mantoloking: The beach will open with lifeguards starting June 20.
- Brick: Beaches 1, 2 and 3 are open for passive recreation only. Team and recreation sports are not permitted on the beaches.
- Lavallette: Running, walking, fishing and sitting are permitted at the beach. The boardwalk remains closed until further notice but may be crossed to allow access to the beach ramps.
- Ortley Beach: Boardwalk is closed. Beach is open and can be accessed at the following points: 2nd Avenue, 3rd Avenue parking lot, 4th Avenue as well as 5th, 7th, 8th, Fielder, Fort and Harding avenues.
- Seaside Heights: No swimming, no coolers on the beach. Individuals can access the boardwalk and the beach at a few access points and gates are staffed. Limited public restrooms. Season badges required, and no daily badges are sold. Beach will be cleared at 5pm and boardwalk at 11pm.
- Seaside Park: Beach and boardwalk is open.
- Island Beach State Park: Open from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m., but the park’s office, Nature Center and restrooms remain closed.
Long Beach Island:
- Barnegat Light: Beach is open.
- Harvey Cedars: Beaches are open for walking, jogging, fishing and sitting. Congregating in groups is prohibited.
- Long Beach Township: Beaches are open.
- Ship Bottom: Beaches are open.
- Beach Haven: Beach is open.
- Brigantine: Beaches are open, including swimming.
- Atlantic City: beach and boardwalk are open.
- Margate City: Walking, jogging and exercising on the beaches are permitted. Sunbathing, sitting in chairs, organized sports and groups of people are prohibited.
- Ventnor: The beaches are open for swimming and sunbathing. The boardwalk will open May 29.
Cape May County:
- Ocean City: All beach activities are allowed. Boardwalk is open.
- Stone Harbor: Beaches are open.
- Avalon: Beach with lifeguards on duty and boardwalk is open. No badges required till July 3rd.
- Sea Isle City: Beaches and promenade are open.
- Wildwood: The beaches and boardwalk are open.
- Wildwood Crest: Beach is open (with swimming permitted). Groups should be limited to 10 people. Portable toilets will be available.
- Cape May: Beaches open but swimming and bathing is prohibited.