Long Beach Island Information

Long Beach Island Information
Long Beach Island is part of South Ocean County, New Jersey. The island is a favorite destination for summer vacationers, a role it has played since the 19th century, with attractions ranging from historic landmarks to beaches, boating and popular tourist activities.

Location

Long Beach Island is an 18-mile long barrier island off the New Jersey coast and roughly 65 miles south of Manhattan.

History

Settlement of Long Beach Island dates from 1690. In the 1800s, proximity to the growing metropolitan areas of the northeastern U.S. led to the island's emergence as a summer resort.

Climate

Long Beach has hot, humid summers. It is notable for its relatively mild winters. Severe winter storms can create problems and nearly destroyed the tourism industry in 1923.

Community

The permanent population of about 8,000 (U.S. Census 2000) resides in several small villages. Summer visitors can bring the island population to a peak of 140,000.

Nature Preserve

At the southern end of Long Beach Island is an area that is part of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. This area is popular with hikers and cyclists.

Barnegat LIghthouse State Park

For history buffs, Barnegat Lighthouse is the star attraction. Built in 1835, it was rebuilt in 1859 after storms destroyed the original structure.

Article Written By W D Adkins

W D Adkins has been writing professionally for two years. His writing interests include education, business and finance. Adkins is a doctoral student with Masters Degrees in history and sociology from Georgia State University. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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