There are few things better than having your toes in the sand and looking out over crashing waves at the shore. However, loud beach neighbors or having nowhere to set up your towel and chair can be really annoying. In New Jersey, most beaches require a fee or beach tag to step past the dunes, however, a select few are free. Make sure to check the websites below to see how to see when the beach tag season is, as well as if the prices change. While they aren’t strictly “private,” keep reading for a list of quiet beaches to try at the Jersey Shore.
Allenhurst Beach Club | 1A Allen Avenue, Allenhurst
Allenhurst Beach Club offers memberships for residents and non-residents, including a personal cabana to use on the beach, at the restaurant, and in bathhouses. For those who are looking to just visit for the day, there are day passes available for $10. The pass allows use of the restrooms, but not the restaurant, so make sure to pack a sandwich. Visitors appreciate this quiet beach for its amenities and lovely ambiance.
Brigantine Beach | 1417 West Brigantine Avenue, Brigantine
Just north of the hustle and bustle of Atlantic City in Brigantine is a nice quiet beach that even has a stretch where drivers can take their cars on the sand with a permit. Visitors appreciate Brigantine Beach for its quiet and quaint vibes. There is a section with lifeguards, which tends to get a bit busier since it is safer to swim with these trained professionals looking out.
Higbee Beach | 1 Higbees Beach Road, Cape May
Higbee Beach is a Department of Environmental Protection Wildlife Management Area because it is considered an important stop for millions of birds migrating each year. This beach has amazing bird-watching at any time of year. It’s extremely quiet and on the Delaware Bay side of the Cape May area. Beachgoers say it’s a great place to find some Cape May Diamonds, which are actually just quartz deposits and not as costly as actual diamonds.
Diamond Beach | 9701 Atlantic Avenue, Diamond Beach
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Wildwood can get pretty, well, wild during the summer months, but at the southern tip of town is one of the only truly private beaches in New Jersey. Staying at the resort gives guests access to the beach club where attendants set up chairs and umbrellas, though guests are encouraged to bring their own beach towels. There is even a seasonal, heated pool to try if the beach gets too sandy. Icona Resorts has a few passes available for non-guests, but make sure to visit the website to learn more.
Ocean Grove Beach | Ocean Grove
For anyone looking for a quaint beach that has lovely town streets as nice as the sandy shores, look no further than Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The beach itself is great and quiet, which may be, in part, because the town is dry (meaning no alcohol is sold within town limits). The daily beach badge costs $12.
Pearl Beach | 205 West Central Avenue, Cape May Point
Visitors agree that Pearl Beach is one of their favorite beaches in New Jersey. With its beautiful, sandy shores, guests are going to experience one of the most quiet beaches in Cape May. Technically it’s not a private beach, but it definitely seems like one of New Jersey’s best-kept secrets. There are lifeguards and swimming is allowed on this stretch of beach.
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Sunset Beach | 502 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May
A top spot to watch the sunset, this beach is located where Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. The beach doesn’t have the softest shores to lay out and tan. However, it is a great place to look for Cape May Diamonds and enjoy some peace and quiet.