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New Jersey Beaches That Don’t Require a Beach Badge

The Jersey Shore is known for several things – Snooki, D’jais, and beach badges (otherwise known as beach admission fees). Beach badges/tokens are synonymous with New Jersey towns that operate with a beach tag system that requires people who pay a fee for a daily, weekly, or seasonal pass, but not all New Jersey beaches have an entry fee. In fact, several beaches are completely free to the public. Read on to discover which Jersey shore beaches don’t require beach badges.

free new jersey beaches

Atlantic City

The Atlantic City beaches are famous for a reason. The destination boasts casinos, restaurants, shopping, concerts, a fun boardwalk, and of course, expansive beaches. Beach and boardwalk activities include surfing, kayaking, fishing, windsurfing.

Corson’s Inlet State Park | Ocean City

Established in 1969, the shoreland was preserved from development – resulting in a beautiful beach. The area is known for hiking, boating, interpretive tours, saltwater fishing, and crabbing. Locals also canoe and kayak.

Read More: The Best Water Parks in the Northeast

Sandy Hook

A popular beach destination for New Jersey residents, Sandy Hook beach is great for fishing, scuba diving, swimming, and surfing. It’s also a great place for a picnic. The iconic lighthouse built in 1764 is still operating – a true beauty.


Great for surfing, fishing, and hiking, Strathmere Beach is a must-visit. The town is located in Upper Township in Cape May County – known for its grand Victorian houses.

See More: A Guide to Parks with Splash Pads in Hoboken + Jersey City

Wildwood + North Wildwood

Practically a rite-of-passage for Jersey natives, Wildwood beaches span over five miles. The spacious sand areas make for a great space for beach sports like volleyball, frisbee throwing, soccer, and more. The boardwalk is one of the best in the state boasting rides for adults and kids alike, restaurants, and bars, shopping, and more.

Wildwood Crest

Founded in 1910, Wildwood Crest is a borough in Cape May County. Swimming, sailing, and sunsets are what visits experience at Wildwood Crest beach. Locals like to jet ski, fish, and ride in sailboats. The atmosphere is peaceful and family-friendly.

Read More: 12 NJ Beach Towns Accessible by NJ Transit


Know of another New Jersey beach town that we missed? Email us at hello@hobokengirl.com and we’ll add!


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Victoria is HG's Associate Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.

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