Surf City: 2 Water Towers in 1 Mile. Beats Calif at Name Game. Beachy LBI commercial strip.

Updated: Jul 18, 2021

All photos by R.C. Staab

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. (see History below).

Take that California!

(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.)

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.

Get Beach Stuff at Surf City 5 &10

AND the #1 NJ Travel Guide

For almost 70 years, Surf City 5&10 has offered eveything from salt water taffy to hardware supplies. Get your autographed copy of the #1NJ Travel Guide and explore fishing spots and outdoor adventures at the Jersey Shore.

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.

Peaceful oasis on Long Beach Boulevard at 11th Street in honor of veterans

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!