About Island Beach State Park

One of the best places to escape the madness of summer, Island Beach is one of the few areas in New Jersey where you can drive on the beach. It offers multiple sandbars and can be super fun at the beginning of a groundswell. Watch the winds, because there's nothing to block them. The area offers some of the state's best fishing, so bring a pole and catch lunch.

Source: Island Beach State Park Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Beginner to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Chill for most areas on most swells.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Negligible, lots of fisherfolk.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Depends on the sandbar but definitely can get fun.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Depends on the sandbar and swell but usually not too bad.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean overall.

Additional Information


Rangers, wildlife (more wild than most of NJ).


Easy with an entry fee, four-wheel drives allowed on the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard



Best Season

September through March

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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