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Longport: Mansions at Absecon Island's End. Best Dog Beach. Smiley Face Tower.


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.


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.

Longport Dog Beach off Route 152

It's separated from the mainland via the Route 152 Bridge. The two parking lots that straddle Ocean Drive are small. The beach is free, and so is the parking.


How Longport got its name

Over 150 years, the land that is known as the Borough of Longport changed hands until 1854 when it was purchased by James Long. Twenty-eight years later, Long decided to sell the land to his friend M. Simpson McCullough, a renowned Philadelphia businessman who envisioned developing the area as a seashore resort. McCullough named it for his friend, whose last name also reflected a long port area on the bay side.

The long bay side of Longport

Tips for visiting Longport

What's New: Nothing new to report

Access and Parking: The city is directly south of Margate via Ventnor Avenue or can be reached from the south by Route 152, the John F. Kennedy Bridge. Note that the Longport Dog Beach is separated from the mainland via the Route 152 and requires a car to reach it. Parking is free in most places.

Amenities: None None at the beach.

Beaches: Beach badges are required daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Full season badges are $30 for people 12 to 64 years old. People over 65 years old pay $10. Badges are free for people 11 years older and younger. Badges can be purchased through Viply App or at the beach.


Follow Jersey Shore author and expert R.C. Staab as he recounts his 2021 walk of every beach along the 139 miles of the Jersey Shore coastline from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Read all updated stories at www.JerseyShoreWalk.com.

 

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