Fun on Long Beach Island
Your Jersey Shore vacation is the perfect time to enjoy some of the local points of interest and historic attractions on our island, from the Barnegat Lighthouse to seafaring activities, beaches, shopping, dining and more. Whether you walk, bike or drive, you are sure to have fun discovering the many wonders and attractions of Barnegat Light and Long Beach Island. This is the Jersey shore you’ve always imagined… quiet… peaceful … splendorous!
The Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is a great place to visit. Climb 217 steps to the top of “Ole Barney”, as the locals affectionately refer to the Barnegat Lighthouse. Walk out the paved jetty where you may see recreational fishermen pulling in their catch or get a glimpse of some rare birds and ducks. Explore the winding nature trails through the maritime forest and visit the museum.
A Long Beach Island vacation in Barnegat Light gives the opportunity to see different aspects of the fishing industry at the numerous marinas along the bay. A host of private charter and deep sea fishing boats await those who would like to try their hand at catching dinner. Viking Village sponsors commercial fishing tours every Friday morning throughout the summer where visitors can learn about how fish is caught and processed. Net boats, long liners and scallop boats make Barnegat Light famous for its seafood which is delivered fresh to local restaurants.
Long Beach Island is often on the list of the top beaches in the United States and frequently nominated for having the prettiest sand. Barnegat Light offers beautiful, wide sandy beaches and high sand dunes, which have protected the town from hurricane damage. Ask the Innkeeper for directions to the “A Jerome Walnut Eco Trail”, a beautiful self-guided walk through the dunes. Complimentary beach badges, towels and chairs are provided to all The Sand Castle Bed & Breakfast guests throughout their stay. Accessible beach access/parking can be found at 9th street and 29th street in Barnegat Light. Beach wheelchairs are available upon advance request to all visitors.
Two major shopping areas in Barnegat Light offer unique stores, boutiques and gift shops. The Shops on Broadway are near the Lighthouse and the Shops at Viking Village are on the Bay at 19th Street.
Dining options in town include Mustache Bill’s Diner, a recent recipient of the James Beard Food Network award for Classic Diner Food; Kubel’s Bar and Grille, a local’s favorite open daily year round; Daymark Restaurant & Bar, with some outside and indoor seating, Off the Hook, a seafood take out restaurant with outside picnic table dining; Kelly’s Old Barney Restaurant, with views of the Lighthouse, The 18th Street Cafe, open for dinner, the Inlet Delicatessen, serving mostly take out breakfast and lunch, and for ice cream, Dairy Queen and Poppy’s.
Long Beach Island is 18 miles long with restaurants, shops and amusements located up and down the main road. Some of the Innkeeper’s favorite fine dining establishments close to Barnegat Light are: “Francis”, a delightful chef owned and operated intimate French/Italian gourmet dinner offerings, Black-eyed Susan’s, in Harvey Cedars, Yellowfin, in Surf City, and Raimondo’s in Ship Bottom. Of course there are many other choices.