Season Passes: the Most and Least Affordable Beaches
Here's our comparison of seasonal passes
If you’re still pondering a season pass to the beach, look no further. We’ve got the prices right here, listed from least to most expensive beach badge, by county.
The cost varies widely. Brick Beach costs $30 for its quiet, boardwalk-less oceanfront beach, while Seaside Heights charges $45 for the season on a beach surrounded by boardwalk amusements. The cheapest in Ocean County is Mantoloking, a town that also has a lot of private beach associations and whose parking laws add a possible obstacle to enjoying the beachfront.
And Island Beach State Park's season pass is $50, but that will allow you entry into any state park in New Jersey as well. The cost is for a vehicle hang tag, meaning it's the same price whether you have a car full of people heading to the bathing beach 1 or if you are swimming solo.
In Monmouth County, there aren't any season passes cheaper than $45, which is Long Branch.
When factoring in lifeguard hours, parking costs, size of beach, nearby amenities and beach rules, it is clear no beaches are equal. But while it might not be an even playing field, here regardless is how they stack up when judged simply on the cost of a season pass, bought after Memorial Day:
- Mantoloking $12
- Brick (Barnegat Peninsula) $30
- Barnegat Light $35
- Lavallette $35
- Surf City $35
- Beach Haven $40
- Harvey Cedars $40
- Long Beach Township $40
- Ship Bottom $40
- Seaside Heights $45
- Island Beach State Park $50
- Ortley Beach $50
- Seaside Park $50
- Bay Head $70
- Martell’s (Point Pleasant Beach) $70
- Jenkinson’s (Point Pleasant Beach) $85
- Risden’s (Point Pleasant Beach) $85
- Bradshaw’s (Point Pleasant Beach) $90
- Maryland Avenue (Point Pleasant Beach) $90
- Long Branch $45
- Belmar $50
- Bradley Beach $65
- Asbury Park $70
- Manasquan $70
- Ocean Grove $70
- Avon-by-the-Sea $90
- Loch Arbour $90
- Sea Girt $100
- Spring Lake $100
The prices above are for full season, adult badges. For a comprehensive guide to all beach offerings, check out our Guide to Beaches.