The coastal community of Belmar, New Jersey, is a popular destination at the Jersey Shore. Whether you’re coming for the day, a long weekend, or a week-long vacation, our local guide to visiting Belmar beach has up-do-date information about Belmar beach tags, parking in Belmar, beach amenities, the best places to eat, vacation rentals, and more. Updated April 7, 2021.
Belmar Beach Tags - Summer 2021
During peak summer season, Belmar beach tags are required for everyone age 16 and older. Admission to Belmar beach is free for children age 15 and younger.
The beach tag requirement is in effect seven days a week between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. beginning the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and ending on Labor Day. Beach tags are not required after Labor Day.
Season Beach Badges
For summer 2021, Belmar beach tags are $70.00 for the season. Senior badges are $30.00 for those age 65 and older (proof of age required).
Season and senior beach tags for summer 2021 are now on sale and may be purchased online. Shipping is $10.00.
Please note: For the first time, Belmar is charging everyone an extra “processing fee,” which is added onto the cost of every beach tag sold. The processing fee is charged regardless of your payment method and applies to beach tags purchased online via credit card and those bought in person at Belmar Borough Hall via cash. The added fee is $2.00 per tag and $1.00 per senior tag, bringing the total cost for a season beach tag to $72.00 and every senior tag to $31.00.
To avoid shipping charges, you may pick up your beach tags at Belmar Borough Hall, 601 Main Street, weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. However, please note that the added "processing fee" will still be charged.
Daily Beach Tags
Daily Belmar beach tags cost $9.00 each (plus $2.00 “processing fee”) and will be sold online beginning in mid-May 2021. Day-trip visitors may purchase beach tags upon their arrival in town at any of the beach badge booths on the boardwalk at 3rd Avenue, 8th Avenue, 11th Avenue, 14th Avenue, and 19th Avenue.
Credit cards are not accepted for daily beach badge sales — cash only. ATMs are available near the booths where badges are sold. For summer 2021, the sale of daily beach tags will be monitored and limited as needed to prevent overcrowding on Belmar beach.
For updates on Belmar beach closures and beach tag sales, text BELMAR to 44622.
All beach tag sales for 2021 are final. No refunds will be issued if the beaches are not accessible due to weather or capacity. Monmouth County tourism officials have launched the "Know Before You Go" campaign to assist visitors in planning their day trip to Belmar and other regions of the Jersey Shore.
Free Beach Admission For Active-Duty Military And Veterans
Through its “Operation: Thank You” program, Belmar provides free beach access to active-duty military families and with valid military ID and to all U.S. military veterans with a valid ID that identifies them as a veteran. Gold Star families are also eligible to participate in Operation: Thank you. Show your qualifying military or veteran ID at any of the beach tag booths on the boardwalk to get a special red beach pass for free admission.
The beach is free to everyone in the off-season, but please note that there are no lifeguards on the beach after Labor Day.
Parking At Belmar Beach
If you are planning a day trip to Belmar beach, the earlier you get here, the more parking you will find available.
You may park for free on any of the neighborhood side streets in Belmar, or at the NJ Transit train station in downtown Belmar.
Free parking is also available on the west side of Ocean Avenue (across from the boardwalk) and on Main Street in Belmar.
Handicapped parking is free in designated handicapped spots along Belmar boardwalk with a valid state-issued placard.
The Borough of Belmar uses a mobile application called ParkMobile for paid parking along Ocean Avenue and in other areas of town. This is the same app used to pay for parking in Asbury Park, Jersey City, New York City, and Philadelphia.
The ParkMobile app allows for contact-less payment via your smartphone or tablet. The Belmar beachfront has two ParkMobile parking zones: Zone 58101 and Zone 58102.
Zone 58101: East side of Ocean Avenue (nearest the boardwalk) to North Boulevard and 14th Avenue.
Parking Rates for Zone 58101: $1.00/hour between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily; $2.00/hour between 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. daily.
Zone 58102: East side of Ocean Avenue (nearest the boardwalk), from 14th Avenue to the bridge.
Parking Rates for Zone 58102: $1.00/hour between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily.
ParkMobile has a six-hour maximum time limit. After six hours, you must make a new payment through the app.
Download the ParkMobile app. For those who wish to pay by phone instead, call 1-877-727-5304 for assistance.
Belmar Beach Amenities
Officials in Belmar, New Jersey, take great pride in providing visitors with the best beach amenities. In addition to clean, staffed restrooms, the beachfront is equipped with pirate-themed beach playgrounds, places to fill your water bottle* and charge your cell phone, and touch-free shower stations at each beach entrance for rinsing off.
Belmar also has ADA-accessible beaches equipped with blue mobility mats. These hard-surface beach-access ramps are designed for people who use wheelchairs or walking aids, and families coming to the beach with strollers, wagons and beach carts.
Public bathrooms are located at the following beach entrances: 3rd Avenue, 6th Avenue, 8th Avenue, 11th Avenue, and 16th Avenue. Beach playgrounds are located at 4th Avenue, 8th Avenue, 12th Avenue, and 16th Avenue.
Mobi-Mat ramps are located at the following beaches in Belmar: 4th Avenue, 6th Avenue, 7th Avenue, 8th Avenue, 9th Avenue, 10th Avenue, 12th Avenue, 16th Avenue, 18th Avenue, and 20th Avenue. *COVID-19 UPDATE: Face coverings are required when using the public restrooms. The use of face masks on the beach is strongly encouraged but not mandatory.
Belmar Smoke-Free Beach And Boardwalk
In 2014, Belmar was the first New Jersey shore town to ban smoking on the beach. Smoking is prohibited on the entire beach and boardwalk at all times.
Violators of the no-smoking ordinance will be ticketed and fined. In July 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy enacted legislation that bans smoking on all New Jersey beaches, following Belmar's lead.
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Belmar Beach Rules
Allowed On Belmar Beach:
Unlike the Spring Lake beach nearby, Belmar does allow you to bring coolers onto the beach so you can enjoy your lunch and snacks right where you are sitting.
When enjoying food and drinks on Belmar beach, please be respectful to our town — and to the environment. Do not leave your trash on the beach. Water bottles, bottle caps, plastic bags, plastic cups, and other trash get washed into the ocean, putting endangered coastal birds and sea life such as fish and dolphins at risk of harm. Belmar provides trash and recycling containers right on the beach for your convenience in cleaning up after yourself.
Beach umbrellas are allowed on Belmar beach, but tents, canopies, and shade coverings higher than 36 inches are not allowed on Belmar beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Boogie boards are permitted at the following beaches only: 7th Avenue, 14th Avenue, and 20th Avenue.
Not Allowed On Belmar Beach:
No ball playing of any kind, including footballs and volleyball.
Loud music. Please bring your earbuds if you like to listen to music on the beach.
Alcohol and anything in glass bottles.
Smoking (see above).
Dogs (permitted only between October 1 and April 30).
Where To Eat At Belmar Beach
The Belmar beachfront has a wide variety of casual and fine-dining options for your enjoyment. In the middle of the boardwalk, you will find Cruz Bay Café at the Taylor Pavilion, located at 500 Ocean Avenue.
Across from the beach, along Ocean Avenue, casual dining stops include Playa Bowls at 803 Ocean Avenue and 1607 Ocean Avenue, Jimmy’s Place at 804 Ocean Avenue, Luigi’s Pizza at 1609 Ocean Avenue, Mamaluke’s Pizza at 1715 Ocean Avenue, TR’s Food Court at 1605 Ocean Avenue, Dunkin Donuts at 1601 Ocean Avenue, and Bubbakoos Burritos at 1603 Ocean Avenue. For your sweet tooth, Coney Waffle at 803 Ocean Avenue has ice cream treats and confections.
For an ocean-view dining experience, try La Dolce Vita Italian Seafood Grill or La Terrazza Cucina Rustica & Bar at 400 Ocean Avenue and 408 Ocean Avenue, respectively.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Belmar restaurants are following current COVID-19 guidelines. Seating capacity is limited inside, and face coverings are required unless you are eating or drinking.
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Surfing At Belmar Beach
The surfing beaches in Belmar, New Jersey, are located at 17th, 18th, and 19th Avenues. In addition, Summertime Surf School offers surfing camps for kids and group or private surfing lessons for adults and organizations at 3rd Avenue beach in Belmar. RELATED: Area Attractions
Bike Riding On Belmar Boardwalk
Between May 1 and September 30, bike riding on Belmar boardwalk is permitted between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. only. However, in the off season (starting October 1 and ending April 30), you may ride your bike on the boardwalk at any time of day.
Shopping On Ocean Avenue In Belmar
From sunscreen and souvenirs, to newspapers and custom t-shirts, you'll find a little bit of everything at the retail merchants on Ocean Avenue in Belmar. Check out Eastern Lines Surf Shop and Beckman's on the Beach along the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue. We also love the selection of beachwear and gifts at the Beach Nut boutique at 804 Ocean Avenue (next to Jimmy's Pizza Place). COVID-19 UPDATE: Employees and customers must wear face coverings inside and practice social distancing while shopping. Please contact each business directly prior to visiting to find out if they are open, their social-distancing rules, and hours of service.
Live Like A Local: Rent A Belmar Beach House
Day trips down the shore are fun, but it's even better to rent a beach house for the week to experience everything wonderful about the Belmar area. For couples, solo adults and small families, the two-bedroom Blue Hydrangea Cottage in Belmar, New Jersey, is the perfect getaway place. The home sleeps up to four people and is consistently rated five stars for comfort, cleanliness, amenities, location, and homelike decor. Learn more at www.vacationinbelmar.com. Weekly summer rentals at the Jersey Shore. Rent directly from the owner and save!
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