Wander the lovely paths through the dunes to the gorgeous white sand beaches. Visit the historic Barnegat Lighthouse. This lovely old lighthose is open to the public. You can climb to the top for phenominal views of the dangerous BARNEGAT INLET and surrounds. Much work has been done to keep this gem from toppeling into the rough waters etching the ground around it. Though the beaches offer comparitively safe swimming, the inlet area is famous for it's rough seas.
For some excellent history and photos of the island and its rough seas, I strongly recommend a series of books from Down the Shore publishing. This is a treasure trove of works by local talent. Including local author (and my friend) Margaret Thomas Buchholzs' works. Her book "New Jersey Shipwrecks" is an engrossing accounting of the many shipwrecks in the shoals off Barnegat Light. Also referred to as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic"
Review -“A book of historic importance …. vivid and powerful accounts of life and death. It reads like an engrossing novel. I was swept away.”
— Sharon J. Wohlmuth, New York Times best-selling co-author of Sisters, Mothers and Daughters and Best friends
some helpful links
Down the Shore
Long Beach Island history
State Parks/ Barnegat Lighthouse
NJ Scuba/Barnegat Inlet
710 Bayview Avenue, P O Box 128, Barnegat Light, New Jersey, 08006, United States
Good for: Couples