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Stone Harbor Beach & Miscellaneous Information

The National Weather Service provides Rip Current Advisories for New Jersey beaches from Memorial Day to September. opens in a new windowClick here for the Rip Current forecast

Beach Maintenance

Stone Harbor’s Atlantic Ocean beach is being readied for the summer season.  The Stone Harbor Public Works Department is working hard updating/repairing the beach crossovers and when possible, harvesting sand in an effort to maintain our beautiful beaches.

Please Do Your Part and Discard Trash and Recyclables Appropriately!

The Stone Harbor Mayor and Council has adopted a comprehensive Ordinance eliminating single use plastics within our business community in order to protect the marine life and wildlife of our surrounding waterways.

STONE HARBOR CARES………..Start Today and Change Tomorrow! 

All persons 12 and over must display tags the Friday of Memorial Day weekend to Monday of Labor Day weekend, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Stone Harbor seasonal, pre-paid, and free Veteran beach tags are available for purchase daily at Borough Hall Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00pm (until Friday of Memorial Day weekend) and at the Beach Tag Office ( 95th & the Beach) weekends in May 10:00am-4:00pm and everyday starting Saturday of Memorial Day weekend

$32 pre-season
$40 after May 31, 2022
$17 weekly May 31-September 5, 2022
$8 daily May 31-September 5, 2022
Please note: Holiday Beach Tags are accepted throughout the summer season and do not need to be exchanged for seasonal tags.

Veterans Free Beach Tags:

Veterans will be issued a specialized veterans tag, not the yearly generic beach tag, beginning in the spring.

Documentation required issuing free Veterans Beach Tag:  All veterans must appear in person and provide a copy of their DD 214 Form which indicated that they have been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces or any of the following:

–Cape May County Vet­er­ans card, issued by the county

–Amer­i­can Legion card

–VFW card

–Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica card

–Dis­abled Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica card

–Marine Corps League card

**Policy is subject to change once official rules and regulations are promulgated by the State of New Jersey.

***There is no change in policy for issuing free beach tags to Active Duty Military and families.  These tags will only be issued at Beach Tag office during normal business hours after Memorial Day weekend.

General Information

Swimming, rafts and surfboards are permitted at designated beaches only. Unless noted otherwise designated beaches are for swimming only. Swimming and rafting beaches are all designated beaches except 81st, 86th, 110th, 112th, and 122nd Streets. The use of surfboards (with leashes attached) are permitted at the beaches at 81st and 110th Streets only. Kayaks are permitted at 122nd Street through 126th Street only, and life jackets must be worn at all times while in the water.

Lifeguards are on duty 10am to 5pm Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Lifeguard protected beaches are: 81st, 83rd, 86th, 87th, 90th, 93rd, 94th, 95th, 96th, 100th, 102nd, 103rd, 105th, 108th, 110th, 112th, 113th, 116th, 117th, 120th & 122nd.

The following are prohibited on the beach:

Picnics, Alcoholic Beverages, Fires, Glass Bottles, Sleeping from sunset to sunrise.
SAILCRAFT must be licensed and beached at designated areas only.
Vehicles are permitted on the beach by permit only from October 1 through March 31st. For information regarding permits, call 368-5102. Permits are issued the day after Labor Day until March the following year.


TRASH SCHEDULE (SUMMER) : May 22nd, 2022 – September 17th, 2022

  • 80th to 93rd – Ocean to Bay
    (Pennsylvania, Linden, Sunset) …. Monday and Thursday
    • 94th to 104th (300 and 400 blocks) – Ocean to Bay
      Seng, Sunrise, Sunset, Berkley, Charles, Corinthian, Golden Gate) …. Tuesday and Friday
    • 104th (100 and 200 blocks) to 122nd – Ocean to Bay
      (Sunset, Chelsea Place, Paradise, Stone, Weber, Bower) ….. Wednesday and Saturday
    • Beach and Street receptacles….Daily
    • Commercial – 6 days (Sunday by Request)
    • Trash in plastic bags must be placed in rigid receptacles with tight-fitting covers.
    • Do not place any trash or recyclables curbside! The Borough provides “rear yard” pickup.  We ask that you put your address/house number on your trash cans and lids.  It helps returning your cans/lids to your property shall they become airborne during any storm events in Stone Harbor.

Do not place any trash or recyclables curbside! The Borough provides “rear yard” pickup.  We ask that you put your address/house number on your trash cans and lids.  It helps returning your cans/lids to your property shall they become airborne during any storm events in Stone Harbor.

BACK TO WINTER SCHEDULE : September 18, 2022 – December 31st, 2022


Dogs & Cats

Dogs and cats must be licensed. Dogs must be on a leash when not confined. Droppings must be cleaned up immediately by person in charge of dog.
Dogs are not permitted on the beach, except from 7:00 p.m. to sunset.


Parking meter fees are 25 cents per 15 minutes. Meters are in effect from 10AM through 9PM May 1st through October 1st. The 95th Street beach lot only hours 10AM to 5PM May 1st through October 1st. (3) hour meters are on designated streets, 4 hour meters at (2) lots on the North side of 96th street West of 3rd Avenue, and (1) lot on the South side of 97th street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues and the Borough Hall parking lot.

Parking Permits are available in the Borough Clerk’s office at the cost of $225 per season. These permits are good in designated lots only.


Riders must obey all traffic rules. No person shall ride a bicycle or skateboard on the roadway in the business district from the last Saturday in June through Labor Day between 6:00 p.m. and midnight. No bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, or scooters are allowed on the sidewalk in the business district at any time.


If there is noise you find objectionable, please call the Police Department while it is occurring. If there is a violation, you may be required to sign a formal complaint. Your cooperation and respect of others is greatly appreciated.

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Avalon Beach & Miscellaneous Information

Avalon will make seasonal beach tags available starting Tuesday, March 1st, 2022.  The price for a preseason tag will be $28 through May 31st, 2022.  As of June 1st, 2022, the price for a seasonal tag will be $33.  Avalon and Stone Harbor will continue with the reciprocal agreement in 2022.  This season, the cost of a daily beach tag will be $8; the cost of a weekly tag, $16.  No refunds are offered for a beach tag purchase.  Beach tags are not required for children under the age of 12.

Beach tags may be purchased at the office of the Avalon Tax Collector from March 1st-April 29th inside Avalon Borough Hall, 3100 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ between the hours of 8:15am-4:15pm.  Then, beach tags may be purchased in person at the Avalon Beach Tag Booth located adjacent to Avalon Community Hall starting April 2nd on weekends.  As of April 30th, the Beach Tag Booth will be open everyday.  Cash and checks are accepted for payment at both the Tax Collector’s Office and at the Beach Tag Booth.

You may also purchase beach tags by mail between March 1st-May 13th.  You may send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Avalon Tax Collector’s Office, 3100 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202.  We will mail you a receipt which in turn can be exchanged for a seasonal beach tag at the Beach Tag Booth at your convenience.  Please make checks out to “Borough of Avalon”.

You may also order your beach tags by mail, and receive the actual tags.  Avalon has a partnership with the Jersey Cape Diagnostic, Training, and Opportunity Center.  Please visit the link here:

Finally, you can also order your beach tags through the Viply phone application:

You can order, and pay for beach tags online, and have them delivered to your home!

The Avalon Borough Council approved a new agreement to partner with the Jersey Cape Diagnostic, Training, and Opportunity Center for another method for the purchase and delivery of seasonal beach tags.  Individuals can now purchase the tags online at and have the actual beach tags delivered to their homes.

Each spring, the Center will receive a supply of seasonal beach tags from the Borough for sale.  The tags can be purchased through the website with a credit card.  The customer will be charged a very small convenience fee, and a shipping fee determined by the method of shipping that the customer selects.  Each week, the Center will deliver a report to the Avalon Finance Department for reconciliation purposes.

Free Veterans Beach Tags/Active Military

The Avalon Bor­ough Coun­cil approved an ordi­nance that results in free beach tags being offered to all vet­er­ans of the United States Mil­i­tary.  This ordi­nance went into effect in advance of the 2014 beach season, and continues to be in effect in the Borough.

The new law allows beach com­mu­ni­ties in New Jer­sey to offer reduced price or free beach tags to any indi­vid­ual who has served in any of the Armed Forces of the United States who were dis­charged or released under con­di­tions other than dis­hon­or­able and who either have served at least 90 days in active duty or have been dis­charged or released from active duty by rea­son of a service-incurred injury or disability.

Avalon will make the free beach tags avail­able at the Avalon Beach Tag Booth located next to Avalon Com­mu­nity Hall at 30th Street and the beach.  Vet­er­ans will sim­ply need to show appro­pri­ate doc­u­men­ta­tion to receive complimentary beach access for the 2020 beach sea­son in Avalon.  Appro­pri­ate doc­u­men­ta­tion includes:  DD-214, or any of the following:

–Cape May County Vet­er­ans card, issued by the county

-Active/retired/reserved military identification card

–Amer­i­can Legion card

–VFW card

–Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica card

–Dis­abled Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica card

–Marine Corps League card

Avalon continues its practice of offering free beach access to active members of the United States Armed Forces and their immediate family members.  Please note that for the 2018 beach season, veterans and active military mentioned above may simply show these forms of identification to a beach tag checker in lieu of obtaining a beach tag.

Protected Beaches

Protected BeachesFor your pro­tec­tion, bathing and swim­ming are per­mit­ted only at pro­tected beaches where life­guards are on duty 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM  through AUGUST 16th, 2021. Use of rafts and surf­boards are per­mit­ted only at des­ig­nated beaches.

From August 17th-September 7th, a lim­ited num­ber of life­guards will be assigned to one or more des­ig­nated beaches as avail­able per­son­nel permits

Warn­ing! If you swim before 10:00 AM or after 5:00 PM or when life­guards are not on duty or if you swim at a beach which is not a des­ig­nated beach, you do so at YOUR OWN RISK and the Bor­ough of Avalon assumes no lia­bil­ity or responsibility.


9,12,15,18,21,24,26,28, 30,32,35,38,40,43,50,57,61,65,69,73,76,79

RAFT BEACHES (use of rafts and inflated objects)

9, 12, 18, 24, 28, 35, 40, 43, 50, 61, 69, 73, 79


30th Street, between 16-17th Streets, 20th Street, and either side of the 12th Street life­guard stand, and 63rd Street,  but not near bathers.  Please note:  Due to low activity by surfers on the 63rd Street beach, the Avalon Beach Patrol is allowing stand up paddleboards at that location as well during 2018.


Kayaks, Stand up Pad­dle­boards (includ­ing inflat­able and non-inflatable) and Body­boards and/or Belly­boards with skegs are pro­hib­ited on any beaches in the Bor­ough dur­ing the hours of 10:00am through 5:00pm


Smoking is prohibited on public beaches due to new New Jersey state law.  Picnicking on the beach is permitted; please place refuse in trash and recycling containers.  Prohibited activities also include fires/open flames, alcoholic beverages, bottles, glass, sharp objects, loud noise, indecent language/actions.  No sleeping on the beach or boardwalk from sunset to sunrise.  Use beach paths; trespassing on dunes and in the areas posted for endangered beach-nesting birds is strictly prohibited.


Please be mindful that unattended holes left on the beach strand can cause injury to others, especially as night falls. Please be sure you fill in any holes before you leave them unattended.  Never climb into a hole that has been dug on the beach as the sand may become unstable and cause an unintended entrapment.


Permits are effective September 15th until March 31st. The fee is $40. We accept cash or checks made payable to Borough of Avalon. Vehicles must be 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The permit must be affixed to any corner of the rear window. Items Needed– Tow rope, jack with a board, inflated spare tire, shovel, fire extinguisher, supplied first aid kit and a flashlight. Beach Paths– 9th Street (if this path is available), 20th, 32nd, 38th, 60th and 79th Street.  Call (609) 967-4220.

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Avalon Surf Chair Program

The Borough of Avalon is deeply appreciative of the efforts of the Avalon Civic Club for developing Avalon’s popular surf chair program for all beach goers who are physically challenged. These surf chairs are beach chairs specifically designed for individuals with special needs and are available year round for no charge on a first come, first serve basis.

The Avalon Civic Club purchased the first surf chair in 1993 so all beach goers could enjoy the Avalon beach and is currently responsible for the Surf Chair Program. The surf chairs are available from 10am-5pm at the Avalon Beach Patrol Storage Units (9th, 30th, and 80th Streets) and at the Lifeguard Station (32nd & Avalon Ave.)  In addition, the chairs are available offseason at Avalon Community Hall at 30th Street & Avalon Ave. (609-967-3066).

The following regulations apply when utilizing an Avalon Surf Chair:

  • Surf chairs are to be used only on the sand at the beach. If used on other surfaces, the wheels will break.
  • The weight limit for surf chairs is 250 pounds.
  • Surf chairs must not be taken into water that is deeper than six inches as they will become unstable.
  • The responsible party must pay all repair costs for damages to the surf chair that occur while in the responsible party’s possession.
  • A suitable vehicle must be used to transport the surf chairs as they cannot be folded. The chairs are not to be tied to the roof of a motor vehicle.
  • Surf chairs are not to be transported off Seven Mile Island (Avalon/Stone Harbor).
  • Surf chairs should be cleaned after each use.
  • Surf chairs must be returned to the storage area from which it came by 5pm daily.
  • An attendant must be present when the surf chair is made available to sign out and again when it is returned to its storage unit.

For any questions regarding surf chairs, please call (609) 967-7587.

The Civic Club gratefully accepts donations for the Surf Chair Program. Any donations may be sent to:
Avalon Civic Club
PO Box 155
Avalon, NJ 08202

DOGS On the Beach

Dogs are not permitted on the Avalon beach, boardwalk, or dunes anytime between March 1st and September 30th. In other areas of the Borough, dogs must be kept on a leash (when not confined) and their droppings must be retrieved immediately by the person in charge of the dogs.

Volleyball and Frisbees

The playing of volleyball and Frisbee is permitted on the beach between 38th Street and 76th Street with the exact locations to be designated by and under the control of the Beach Patrol Captain; and, also at 31st Street behind Community Hall

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What To Do On A Rainy or Non-Beach Day Around Stone Habor & Avalon, NJ

Local Area Attractions in Cape May County & Beyond
Victorian Cape May -
Wildwood Boardwalk -
Golf Courses in Cape May County - Coming Soon
Kids Day Camps & Surf Lessons at EcoVentures -
Wetlands Institute -
Cape May County Zoo & Botanical Gardens -
Harbor Square Movie Theatre -
Stone Harbor Museum -
Stone Harbor Library -
Avalon Museum -
Avalon Library -

Shopping in the unique stores in the town centers of Stone Harbor and Avalon is always fun, interesting and very productive.  Just on the other side of the Garden State Parkway Exit 10 West “Stone Harbor Exit” you will find a TJ MAX and Marshalls. And on Route 9 (that runs parallel to the Parkway) from the Avalon Exit #13 West to Route 9 and South to Cape May you will find antique stores, the zoo, a very popular Christmas shop, Cold Springs Village and much more.  Going north on Route 9 At the Avalon Exit #13 you will discover a small village of specialty shops just before you encounter Route 83.

Other possibilities North on the Garden State Parkway:

Ocean City Board Walk - and
Atlantic City -
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