North Brigantine: Most Remote, Pristine Beach at the Shore. Remnants of Lifesaving Station. Photos!

Updated: Jul 29, 2021

Want to really escape at the Jersey Shore? Want to see the New Jersey coastline as sailors and fishermen might have seen it for hundreds of years? Visit North Brigantine. Walk north until humanity fades away. It's just you, the seagulls, the dunes and the ocean. And the greenhead flies so spray on Skin So Soft first.

With almost 10 miles of beach, Island Beach State Park has a longer coastline than the North Brigantine coastline. However, almost the entire length of the Island Beach Park is bisected by a road which gives easy access to almost two dozen parking lots. Literally thousands of people access the beach on the weekend.

In North Brigantine, the town ends at 15th Street North but the city's beach continues for about a half a mile. This section allows dogs and vehicles (and bikes), so it can be very busy especially in the morning. (See Brigantine story here.)

Soon, you reach the beginning of the wildlife area that's part of the Bass River State Forest (many miles inland), which is part of the New Jersey State Park Service. It's unrelated to the Edwin Forysthe National Wildlife Refuge which covers the uninhabited islands immediately north of Brigantine. But the large area of the Great Bay and Barnegat Bay that includes Holgate Beach Wilderness area on Long Beach Island (See story here.) works together with the state to protect wildlife, particularly New Jersey shorebirds.

There are numerous signs, including "No Dogs" and "Welcome," so you'll know you're 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.)

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The first mile of the wildlife refuge permits 4x4 vehicles so you'll seeing fishermen here and there. Then, you reach a point where vehicles are prohibited. It also happens to be the point, where early this year....

Remnants of the U.S. Life-Saving Station uncovered