Who's the top dog at the "Surf City" naming wars? In California, Huntington Beach near LA and Santa Cruz near San Jose have recently waged a public relations and legal battle to claim the trademark "Surf City USA." Those sleepy coastal towns didn't even get around to thinking about the name Surf City until in the 1960s. Yet, for more than 100 years, Surf City on Long Beach Island has been alive and kicking as an official United State Postal Service recognized town.
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Busy commercial strip
Although barely a mile long, Long Beach Boulevard in Surf City has all the food and entertainment you'd expect in a small beach town. The two tall, strangely-close water towers of the town watch over the kids playing mini-golf, the shoppers at the Surf City 5 & 10 and families grabbing pizza, ice cream, tacos or smoothies.
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Spend a peaceful moment at Veterans Park
Along busy Long Beach Boulevard between 11th and 12th Streets, take a break to relax and reflect at the well-shaded, inviting Surf City Veterans Memorial Park.
Even Google Pedometer agrees -- LBI is longer than 18 miles
The conventional wisdom is that LBI is 18 miles long. But apparently this notion was begun by the road crews who paved the first road from Old Barney to Holgate to the south. As measured by the concrete road from Old Barney parking lot to Holgate, LBI is 18 miles.
In Barnegat Light, using a simple online pedometer tool, you can see that walking the beach from the jetty to 30th Street along the beach is considerably longer than driving from the northern most point to 30th Street. It's already more than 18 miles long, and that's not accounting for the three miles of the coastline at the southern tip along the Edwin Forsythe Wildlife Refuge.
Let's set the record straight and let people know LBI is 21 miles!
Where Surf City gets its name
Like Bradley Beach to the north, Surf City owes its name to the United States Post Office refusing to accept the original name of the town which was Long Beach City. The post office thought people would confuse it with then very popular northern beach town Long Branch. In 1894, the town changed its name to Surf City.
Tips for Visiting Surf City
What's New: Nothing major to report.
Access and Parking: To reach Surf City head north on Long Beach Boulevard. Don't try to make any sense of the numbered streets. Going north from Route 72, the streets start around 9th Street, skip up to 124th Street and then rebound to numbered streets from 68th to 87th streets in Harvey Cedars. Parking is free.
Amenities: There are no restrooms available at the beach, but portable restrooms are behind Borough Hall at 813 Long Beach Blvd., the 16th Street Bay Beach Beach and Division Street Boat Ramp.
Beaches: Beach badges are required daily from June 18 to Labor Day for people 12 to 64 years old. Full season badges are $45 for this age range. Weekly badges are $20. Daily badges are $10. There is no cost for people 11 years of age and under and 65 and older.
The surfing beaches during guarded hours are outside of the swimming area as directed by the lifeguards. Surfers must have a badge.
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