The beach at Beach Haven on Long Beach Island at sunset, Feb. 10, 2017. (Kelly Roncace | For NJ.com)
Kelly Roncace | For NJ.com
Nicknamed the “Queen City,” the Ocean County borough was established in 1873 as a summer retreat for wealthy Philadelphians.
In the 1940s, several severe storms including the Great Atlantic hurricane of 1944 rolled through Beach Haven and destroyed hotels and a boardwalk that once stood on its shores.
However, the town has retained its Victorian and Edwardian character, and its historic district is listed in the state and national Register of Historic Places.
Beach Haven is a quaint town, consisting of only 2.3 square miles, with both ocean and bay shorelines.
Fantasy Island, the only amusement park on Long Beach Island, Bay Village Shopping Center, and the Long Beach Island Museum, all call Beach Haven home.
There are also distinctive eateries there including Tucker’s Restaurant which was voted the number one restaurant on Long Beach Island by Philadelphia Magazine.
Alongside Beach Haven, locations such as Milton, Delaware, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Navarre, Florida, were chosen as some of the most beautiful destinations on the East Coast.
For more information about visiting Beach Haven, go to visitbeachhaven.com.