Long Beach Island sits on a barrier island between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. There's no bustling boardwalk and LBI rentals can be as much as an hour's drive from glitzy Atlantic City – but that doesn't stop the island's population swelling to five times its size each summer. The white-sand beach is the crowd pleaser here, though there's faster-paced entertainment for those who want it. Enjoy it all from the comfort of Long Beach Island vacation rentals. Whether you want to have fun with the kids, hang out with friends, or enjoy a bit of downtime with the other half, LBI offers the ideal base on the Jersey Shore.

Discover Long Beach Island rentals

Want to know a little more about renting LBI vacation rentals? From the best time to stay to when to find cheap LBI rentals, top tips are coming up.

What are LBI vacation rentals like?

Serving as summer vacation homes for owners from across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, LBI rentals often have the wow factor. Luxury vacation house rentals with pools and private outdoor space are a favorite choice with families and large groups, as are the huge LBI house rentals that overlook the ocean. Rentals come in a variety of other sizes and styles too; a string of cute cottages and historic homes serving up their own brand of seaside charm for smaller families and couples.

Best time to stay in LBI rentals

While "the season" in Long Beach Island kicks off around mid-May and lasts until October's Chowdafest weekend, demand for LBI summer rentals peaks in July and August – when the weather is glorious and the entertainment is in full flow. It's a great time to enjoy the island, for sure, so it's best to book summer rentals on Long Beach Island a couple of months in advance of your visit. As the warmer months draw to a close, the island's beaches open up to four-legged friends – making the off-season a good time to book one of the LBI pet-friendly rentals.

When's the best time to find cheap LBI rentals?

The cost to rent a vacation home in Long Beach Island varies throughout the year, though cheap LBI rentals are pretty much always an option in January. Rental rates in April, as well as toward the end of October, can also prove affordable – and you'll avoid the worst of the winter weather too. Don't rule out finding last-minute rental deals, either. While a little planning can equal mighty savings, there's nothing quite like enjoying a spontaneous jaunt to the shore courtesy of an irresistible deal on a weekend vacation rental.

Long Beach Island vacation home destinations

LBI may account for barely 20 miles of the Jersey Shore, but it's packed full of great spots to enjoy a vacation. Here's a taster of some of the best places to stay in Long Beach Island.

Family fun in Beach Haven

It stretches across just a single square mile of space, but Beach Haven is easily the busiest of the LBI vacation home destinations. It's a winner with families thanks to attractions like Fantasy Island Amusement Park and the Thundering Surf Waterpark, while the Surflight Theatre and Museum of New Jersey Maritime History offer ample reasons for culture vultures to check out LBI rentals. Beach Haven delivers with a smart choice of apartments, condos, and vacation house rentals.

Resort-style getaways in Ship Bottom

Around a quarter of the size of Beach Haven, the resort-style Ship Bottom is the tiny community that sits along South Long Beach Boulevard. It's one of the first neighborhoods you'll hit after crossing the Dorland J Henderson Memorial Bridge, and it's one you'll find crammed with relaxed entertainment options. Beach life reigns supreme, with everything from shelling to surfing to sunset viewing among the most popular pastimes, although Ship Bottom rentals are also ideal for those with spa treatments, casual dining, and retail therapy in mind.

Relaxed stays at Barnegat Light

There's plenty of action to be had on LBI, but one of the island's biggest draws remains its quieter side. A world away from the fast-paced fun of the south, the northern tip of the island plays host to Barnegat Light – a peaceful coastal community where a lush state park features maritime forest trails and a heritage lighthouse known as Old Barney. Elsewhere, there's unique shopping at the historic Viking Village. Waterfront rentals in Barnegat Light are the number one choice, though few properties will place you more than a short stroll from the sand.