Destination guide

Catch a wave in Surf City

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Surf City on Long Beach Island, which is just a quarter of a mile wide, draws a mix of families and surfers who flock in search of the best beaches on the East Coast. Book a Surf City vacation rental in the center of town and have the Atlantic beaches and the quieter bayside within a moment's walk. Salty sea dogs will love the New Jersey Maritime Museum, while kids hanker after Fantasy Island Amusement Park. Then after dark, feast on local seafood in one of the island's many beach restaurants.

Things to do

Tranquil beaches and high thrills

Surf City is one of the quieter stretches of beach on Long Beach Island, and Surf City vacation rentals are a favorite of families and couples seeking tranquil beaches, fine dining, and attractive boutiques. To the north, Barnegat Lighthouse State Park offers more glorious white sand beaches. Come summer, you can climb the historic lighthouse for panoramic, sunlit views of the bay and island. If you prefer high-adrenaline entertainment, head south to Beach Haven to enjoy the rides, games, and arcade at Fantasy Island Amusement Park or the neighboring Thundering Surf Waterpark and Adventure Golf.


Lazing by the coastline

Surf City offers the quintessential beach vacation. As well as lazing on the beach, you can fish or crab from the sea wall. Make the most of your seafront location by zipping through the ocean spray – local companies rent out equipment so you can try your hand at sailboarding, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, or SUP. Thrill seekers can make a splash waterskiing, tubing, or wake boarding. For a gentler excursion, head to the marina at Surf City Yacht club, or book a historical sightseeing or romantic sunset cruise by paddleboat on Barnegat Lake.


Sun, sun, and more sun in Surf City

Long Island Beach is widely regarded as the jewel of the Jersey Shore. It attracts a loyal following who flock to its beaches during the balmy summer months. Temperatures regularly reach 85 degrees and higher, and the best Surf City vacation rentals can get snapped up months in advance. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall still see warm temperatures and sunny days, interspersed with the odd rain shower. For the widest choice of accommodation, visit in the cooler winter months when temperatures drop to 30 degrees, but snowfall is rare.

Natural features

Natural attractions near Surf City

The island is perfect for exploring by bike or on the water. It is a haven for wildlife, with the white sandy beaches and dunes providing a tranquil habitat for sea and wading birds, and migrating songbirds. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park is a peaceful spot for watching the wildlife, ocean swimming, or shore fishing. Pack a picnic, relax on the warm sand, dance through the waves, or build a sandcastle. On the other side of the inlet, the Island Beach State Park is one of the last significant stretches of an ecosystem that once dominated this coastline.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Surf City

Fly into Atlantic City, NJ (ACY-Atlantic City Intl.), the closest airport, located 25.9 mi (41.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Philadelphia, PA (PNE-Northeast Philadelphia), which is 52.9 mi (85.2 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Surf City, NJ?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,138 vacation rentals around Surf City. From 969 house rentals to 126 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Surf City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Surf City:

  • Brant Beach: 394 vacation rentals
  • Barnegat Light: 571 vacation rentals
  • South Beach Haven: 293 vacation rentals
  • North Beach Haven: 818 vacation rentals
  • Manahawkin: 281 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Surf City?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Surf City. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sandbar Golf: 1,224 vacation rentals
  • Island Beach State Park Entrance: 1,658 vacation rentals
  • Funtown Pier: 1,490 vacation rentals
  • Links at Brigantine Beach: 2,394 vacation rentals
  • Harrah's Atlantic City Casino: 1,982 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Surf City listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Surf City?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 969 Houses in Surf City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Surf City include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 126 rentals available
  • Cottages: 11 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 27 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Surf City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 125 vacation rentals with pool available in Surf City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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