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Beachfront Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the beach close?

The beach never closes! Stay as long as you want!  

Beach badges are required between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm on the weekdays, and between 9 am to 6pm on the weekends. Lifeguards are on duty between the hours of 9 am and 5:30 pm on the weekdays, and between the 9 am and 7 pm on the weekends.

What are the weather conditions at the beach now?

The best way to check the weather conditions are using the various online weather services available on your computer or mobile device. Our favorites include an Ocean Avenue weather station from Wundeground.com, Accuweather.com, Weather.com, Intellicast.com and the National Weather Service

How can I find out what the Ocean Conditions and tides are now? Is swimming allowed today?

Please check the Tide Information and Ocean Conditions section of our webpage for this information. Please be advised that all decisions regarding swimming and/or bathing are made by the Head Lifeguard on duty and are dependent upon the ocean conditions. These conditions may change frequently and all decisions are based upon what is in the best interest of the patrons safety.

Can you bring food on the beach?

Yes! Food and drinks are permitted on the beach. However, alcohol and / or glass bottles are not allowed.

Can you grill or have bonfires on the beach?

Grilling is not permitted on the beach. If you wish to have a bonfire, you must contact Borough of Belmar Special Events Coordinator Mary Brabazon at 732.681.3700.

Are there places to change my clothes or take a shower at the beach?

Unfortunately, there are no bathhouses or changing rooms located at the beach. There are outdoor showers and foot showers located at each beachfront entrance where you can rinse off.

How much are daily beach badges?

Daily beach badges are $8 each cash or $9 each with a Credit Card (Visa / MasterCard Only). Everyone 16 years and older needs a beach badge. Children 15 and younger are free.

How much are seasonal badges?

Seasonal badges are $55 for the entire season. Senior seasonal badges are $15 for anyone who is 62 years or older with proper identification. All badges purchased with a Credit Card (Visa / MasterCard) have a $1 credit card fee per badge.

How may I pay for my seasonal badges?

You may purchase a Seasonal Beach badge at the beachfront office with cash, check (with a phone number or license number), or by Visa or MasterCard. Sorry, no AmEx or Discover! You may purchase daily badges at any beachfront ticket booth with cash or by Visa or MasterCard. Please see above regarding our Credit Card Policy.

Is there a military discount?

Yes! If you are an active military member, you and your dependents may get onto the beach for free when you show your Active Military ID.

Is there a veteran discount?

Yes! If you are a United States Veteran, you may get onto the beach for free when you show your Veteran ID.

Is there a First Responder discount?

Yes! If you are a police officer, firefighter, EMT/EMS, or any other first responder, you may get onto the beach for free when you show your ID/badge.

What happens if I lose my season beach badge?

We do not replace lost or stolen badges. If someone finds and returns your badge (it does happen!) we will give you a call so that you may pick it up.

What happens if I forget my season badge at home?

Whoops! Unfortunately, you will have to purchase a daily badge for the day. At the booths, we have no way of checking if you have a season badge. We do believe you but unfortunately everyone 16 years or older needs a badge.

What happens if it starts to rain while I am at the beach?

We do not refund any badges sold for the day if it starts to rain.

Is parking free?

Parking spaces along the boardwalk cost $2 an hour. Parking spaces across the street and on side streets are free.

Can I bring a tent?

No tents permitted on the beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day

Where are the handicap parking spaces located?

Handicap parking is free along the boardwalk. Every space is free as long as the handicap placard is visible or if you have a handicapped license plate.

Where are the Mobi-Mat® nonslip roll-up Beach Access Mat™ located?

MobiMats are nonslip ADA/ABA Beach Access Surfaces for people with disabilities, walkers and elderly visitors or parents with strollers. They are located on the following beaches: 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 16th, 18th and 20th Avenues

Where are the boogie board beaches located?

Boogie boards are permitted on 7th, 14th, and 20th avenues. 

Where are the surfing beaches located?

Surfboards are permitted on 17th and 18th avenues.

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