Longport: Island's End at The Point. Best Dog Beach. Mansions. Smiley Face Tower. View to the Bay.

Updated: Aug 8, 2021

Looking north from The Point of Absecon Island in Longport. All photos by R.C. Staab

From the northern tip of Atlantic City through Ventnor and Margate, there's always stop-and-go traffic along any main road. Finally, after the traffic veers off on the John F. Kennedy Bridge to Somers Point and Ocean City, the island takes a break at Longport.

North side of Longport Water Tower

Even on the oceanfront, the pedestrian traffic relaxes as the density of the housing decreases, meaning less beachgoers. By the time you reach the southern end of the oceanwalk at the jetty, you can really breathe. But don't stop there.

(From the vantage point of the beachfront or boardwalk, this is a breezy overview of what you see, where to park and beach access, plus a bit or history and the latest happenings. See map below.)

Even though you have to detour across Borough streets from the main beach to The Point of Absecon Island, it's the best ocean view on the island. At the narrow point on a small spit of land, you see the ocean meet the bay with a water view of 300 degrees.

You access The Point from a small parking lot and walkway along the bay following Atlantic Avenue with its expansive views looking toward Somers Point and Ocean City.

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Mansions along the oceanfront

Unlike Ventnor and Margate which have a mix of single-family, condos and hi-rises, Longport is mostly single-family homes. There are large, remarkable contemporary homes to see as you walk the beach particularly the southern section.

Best Dog Beach on the Shore

The image of a dog, a stick, and a beach is an ideal you often see in print ads and TV commercials. But at the Jersey Shore, turning that image into reality is very difficult except at the wonderful, scenic Longport Dog Beach, a long stretch of uninhabited beach with views toward the ocean and Great Egg Harbor. It’s the only place where year-round you can allow your dog to run free, splash in the water and interact with other dogs.