Which New Jersey beaches are open for Memorial Day?

This list is a starting point and a partial guide to what’s open, what’s not and what to expect at the Jersey Shore this summer. Please add to it by posting information in the comments.

Atlantic Highlands

Head boats and charter boats are operational. All of restaurants and public restrooms are open. The project to rebuild the harbor has faced delays. A tentative schedule for the opening of the piers:

June 1 for Pier 6 

June 3 for Frank’s Pier

June 8 for Launch Ramp

June 14 for Piers 5½, 7 & 8

June 15 for Piers 1 & 2

June 30 for Pier 3 & 4

July 4 Pier 5

July 10 Fishing Pier

July 30 Pier 9 floating docks

Ocean Grove:

“We will be totally opened by Memorial Day.”

Bradley Beach

Bradley Beach replaced 1,000 feet of destroyed boardwalk with poured concrete. Finish work continues on the stairs, but the boardwalk and all bathrooms are open. There will be 200 venders on Memorial Day weekend. Fifty new palms trees have been brought in. “It’s going to look like Miami,” said Ritchie Bianchi, head of the public works department.


The boardwalk opened this week with a ceremony with the Gov. Chris Christie, but it still needs finishing touches, including railings and replaced pavilions. 

Spring Lake:

The boardwalk is open, except for a northern stretch from Tuttle to Worthington avenues. The construction is not related to Sandy damages. The beaches are open.

Sea Girt:

The beaches will be open weekends from Memorial Day weekend to June 16, then daily from June 17 through Labor Day.

Major boardwalk reconstruction is under way, with phase one -– from Beach to New York boulevards -– expected to be completed by Memorial Day, and phase two -– covering the rest of the boardwalk — by July. One concession stand is the only sign of commercialism on the boardwalk.


Manasquan is fully operational, according to Borough Administrator Joe DeIorio. Bathrooms and walkways have been repaired and additional beach lockers installed. Eletricity is restored. The only thing missing from last summer are the 12-foot-high dunes, said DeIorio. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will restore the dunes in late summer, closing a small stretch of beach at a time.

Bay Head:

Some Beaches will open as normally scheduled on June 15, but the Bay Head Improvement Association, which runs the beaches, are not yet sure which ones. They are also unsure about the status of bathroom facilities. There will be minimal parking due to construction. construction.


The three ocean beaches will open on their normal schedule -– weekends starting Memorial Day, full-time starting June 16. All facilities, snack stands and bathrooms will be open, but there will be limited showers. Additionally, beach parking may be limited due to debris storage, but there will be a free shuttle from parking lots at the Marina if beach lots are full.


The beaches will open Jun 22, which is the normal schedule. Facilities are the same as in years past; there are no public bathrooms. Some minor finish work remains, including paving the ocean-front streets.

Ortley Beach

A portion of the beach between Second and Fifth avenues (enter at Third and Ocean avenues) will open for weekends starting Memorial Day, and full-time on June 22. The boardwalk remains closed, though a section is expected to open June 1.

Seaside Heights:

The boardwalk and beaches are open, though some finish work remains. Casino Pier is open, though rides are limited while construction continues on the pier. Breakwater Beach Waterpark, Go Karts, Wacky Rooftop Golf, Casino Arcade, Midway Games of Chance, Carousel, Pier Surf Shop and Pier Grill are open. Funtown Pier remains closed and is not expected to reopen this season.

Seaside Park

Seaside Park beaches are were inspected last week and are expected to be open for Memorial Day weekend.

Island Beach State Park

Ocean Bathing Area No. 1 is closed to the public to allow for demolition and reconstruction of the boardwalks, but could be open by July 4. Ocean Bathing Area No. 2 will be open during this time period for public access. Fishing access is now available 24 hours per day and the park’s two bayside trails, A-15 and A-21, are also open.

Long Beach Island

“Everything opened,” according to a town employee.


Brigantine beaches are open and “as beautiful as ever.” 

Atlantic City 

Atlantic City has been battling misconceptions that its boardwalk and tourist facilities were destroyed during Sandy. It was not and they are open. 

Ventnor City

Beaches and boardwalk are open.

Ocean City

The boardwalk and amusements are open. The following beaches are open Memorial Day week: Stenton Place, St. Charles Place, Brighton, Fithth Street, Eighth Street, 14th Street, 15th Street, 26th Street, 34th Street, 44th Street and 58th Street.

The following beaches are closed for beach replenishment projects: Ninth, 10th, 11th, and 12th Street beaches.

Sea Isle City

Beaches and promenade are open.


“100 percent open,” according to a town official.

Stone Harbor

The beaches are open, though due to a beach-fill project into June, small stretches (roughly 300 yards) may be closed while under construction.


“The beach, the restaurants, the boardwalk – it’s completely open,” said Tracey DuFault of Wildwood’s Chamber of Commerce. “Nothing is closed due to Sandy.”

Cape May

The beaches and boardwalk of Cape May are open.

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