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Bay side or Beach Side with Preschooler? What town?

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Bay side or Beach Side with Preschooler? What town?

Hi! I am looking to finalize a rental for August soon and have never been to Long Beach Island. We'd like to be close to the beach and the playground. Would you suggest staying closer to the bay beaches with a young child? What town would you suggest? Beach Haven? Ships Bottom? Thank you!

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1. Re: Bay side or Beach Side with Preschooler? What town?

Ship bottom is just south of the causeway more traffic than beach haven further down the beach, there are not too many bayside beaches stay oceanside

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2. Re: Bay side or Beach Side with Preschooler? What town?

I would stay oceanside. If you like quiet, try Haven Beach (not Beach Haven), the Dunes, Brant Beach. If you want to be close to Fantasy Island and walk to restaurants, try Beach Haven.

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3. Re: Bay side or Beach Side with Preschooler? What town?

Beach haven has a good mix of restaurants, shopping, Fantasy Island Amusements and Thundering Surf water park. Both Fantasy Island and Thundering Surf have areas perfect for preschoolers. FI also has free shows the kids love. I would look to stay south of the town center (yacht club neighborhood) and ocean side. There are nice marked bike lanes, tennis and playgrounds in Beach Haven.

Other areas to consider-Long Beach Township has a great bayside beach and playground.

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