Our guide to public restrooms in every Jersey Shore beach town


There are plenty of things we love to do when going down the Shore — soak in the sun, swim in the ocean, and enjoy all of the delicious local food and drinks.

But where do you go when, well, you gotta go?

State law used to require many Jersey Shore towns — the ones that accepted government money for beach replenishment — to provide public restrooms. But those rules were struck down in court in 2008 when two Shore towns (thanks Avalon and Stone Harbor) challenged them.

Now, the state Department of Environmental Protection is taking a renewed look at beach access rights, including parking and bathrooms.

So, if you’re planning a day trip and need to know before you go, we’ve compiled a list of every Shore town and the bathrooms they point beach-goers to. And in some towns, you might just have to stop off at a Wawa or gas station before you hit the sand or head home.

Hoping to rinse off or change out of your bathing suit to hit the boardwalk or bars? Good luck. Most towns don’t offer showers or changing stalls, either.

Allenhurst: Public restrooms are available for daily Allenhurst beachgoers. Paying daily beach goers can use the restrooms located on the north end of the beach close to Cedar Avenue. There is a beach club bathroom, but it is only for beach club members. There are no changing rooms and there are no showers at Cedar Avenue location.

Asbury Park: Public bathrooms are located on the boardwalk in trailers. Air-conditioned bathrooms are located inside of Convention Hall between 5th and Sunset Avenues, 1300 Ocean Ave., behind the beach office between First and Second Avenues, and on the boardwalk behind Pucker’s Lemonade.

Atlantic City: Public restrooms are located along the boardwalk at Bartram Avenue, Albany Avenue, Chelsea Avenue, Kennedy Plaza at Mississippi Avenue, New York Avenue, Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue, New Hampshire Avenue and Caspian Avenue. People are allowed to change in bathrooms along the boardwalk, but public changing houses are located at South Carolina Avenue and Albany Avenue.

Avalon: Bathrooms are available at Borough Hall (32nd & Dune Drive), the Avalon Public Safety Building (31st & Dune Drive), Community Hall (30th & the beach), the Tennis Buildings (8th & 39th Streets), 10th & Dune Drive, and at the beach near 30th Street (next to the Tot Lot).

Avon-By-the Sea: Restrooms are located on the boardwalk at Lincoln Avenue and Norwood Avenue.

Barnegat Light: Restrooms are located at the Barnegat Lighthouse in the main parking lot and at the park office. Restrooms are also located at 10th and Bayview Avenue.

Bay Head: While there are no public restrooms on the beach, there are restrooms at the comfort station at the rear of the Bay Head municipal building in a separate structure (83 Bridge Avenue).

Beach Haven: A public restroom can be found at the Centre Street Beach entrance. Beachgoers are allowed to change in the restrooms.

Belmar: Bathrooms are on the boardwalk at 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 16th and 19th Avenues.

Berkeley Township: A restroom is available at White Sands Beach, located on 23rd avenue in South Seaside Park. The restroom has showers available outside the facility.

Bradley Beach Borough: Restrooms equipped with changing rooms can be found at the 3rd Avenue and Cliff Avenue portions of the beach. An open shower can be found at the beach entrance along Ocean avenue.

Brick Township: Restrooms with changing rooms and showers are located at Brick Beach 1 (310 Route 35 North) and Brick Beach 3 (440 Route 35 North).

Brigantine: There are portable toilets placed throughout the actual beach. There are two public bathrooms located on 16th Avenue. Although there are no showers, there is a hose for beach visitors to use near the 15th Street area.

Cape May: Called “comfort stations,” the restrooms are air conditioned. The bathroom locations along Beach Avenue are at Second Avenue, Broadway, Windsor, Gurney, Philadelphia, Trenton, and Wilmington. There are also four locations in the Washington Street Mall area (which is a five minute walk and 0.2 miles from the beach).

Cape May Point: There are no public restrooms on the beach. The only public restroom is at Municipal Hall on White House Avenue under the shadow of the lighthouse. The closest shower would be in the state park (305 Light House Avenue).

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Deal: There are no free public bathrooms, but bathrooms are included with paid use of the W. Stanley Conover Pavilion.

Harvey Cedars: There is a restroom in Sunset Park (W. Salem Avenue) Borough Hall, portable bathroom at Bay Beach (W 75th St.) There are outside showers at Sunset Park and at handicap ramps (Mercer Avenue and 80th Street)

Lavallette: There are no public bathrooms in Lavallette.

Loch Arbour: Restrooms are available to people with a beach badge when beach is open. Bathrooms are located at the Ocean Place Pavilion.

Long Beach: In Holgate, a restroom is located at the parking lot at the south end of Long Beach Boulevard at McKinley Avenue. Another bathroom is located at Bayview Park, 68th Street, Brant Beach; Tract 1065, North Beach; Tract 161, and Loveladies. All are handicap accessible.

Long Branch: There are comfort stations at the beach with restrooms located at Great Lawn, Laird, West End, Cottage, North Bath, as well as two trailers at Morris Avenue, and Ocean Avenue

Longport: Public restrooms can be found at the Longport Community Center (33rd Avenue & Atlantic) and Borough Hall (2305 Atlantic Avenue)

Manasquan: One each on: Inlet, Brielle Road, Main Street, Ocean Avenue. (These streets run parallel to the boardwalk).

Mantoloking: There are three facilities for bathers. The Lyman Street Beach location is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Downer in the Municipal parking lot seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and the Albertson Beach walkway Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 5 p.m.

Margate: Bathrooms are located at Huntingdon Avenue (Bloom Pavilion), Rumson Avenue, Benson Avenue (Greenhouse), Adams Avenue beach.

Monmouth Beach: There are portable toilets at 128 & 129 Ocean Avenue.

North Wildwood: There are portable toilets on almost all beach streets, and full-on bathrooms on 7th Ave., 15th Ave., 25th Ave., and the northernmost end of Old New Jersey Avenue.

Ocean City: Bathrooms are located at 1st Street, 6th Street, Music Pier, City Hall, 11th Street and 12th Street. There are also facilities at the 34th Street playground and 58th Street beach. All are handicap accessible. There family bathrooms at 1st and 12th streets.

Ocean Grove: There are free public bathrooms at Ocean Avenue, Ocean Ave & Ocean Pathway, and Embury Avenue.

Ortley Beach: Bathrooms are on the boardwalk at the end of Fielder Avenue and at the Lifeguard Station at 4th Street and Ocean Avenue. At both places, there are outdoor showers.

Point Pleasant Beach: One bathroom is at the end of Broadway Avenue, and one is at the other end of Parkway Avenue. The bathrooms are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sea Girt: The Sea Girt Beach Pavilion near Bacon and Ocean Avenues house restrooms for the public. It is open during normal beach hours and during special events at the beach.

Sea Isle City: Bathrooms are located at 32nd St. & Promenade, 40th St. & Promenade, JFK Blvd. & Landis Ave., 347-42nd Place, 44th St. & Promenade, 60th St. & Central Ave., 6108 Central Ave., 85th St. & Beach, 94th St. & Landis Ave.

Seaside Heights: There are multiple comfort stations along the beach and boardwalk: at the Seaside Heights Beach Patrol headquarters located on the boardwalk at Webster Avenue; at the beach control office building on the boardwalk at Kearney Avenue; and a mobile restroom trailer that is set up for the summer on Hiering Avenue at the bottom of the ramp that leads from the boardwalk to the street. A fourth comfort station is a brand new pre-fabricated building that has 4 unisex restrooms and is located just off the boardwalk at Sheridan Ave.

Seaside Park: Bathrooms can be found near the intersection of 6th and SE Central Avenues, on 13th Avenue, and at the Bathhouse on North Central Avenue.

Ship Bottom: While there are no municipally-managed restrooms on the beach, a few can be found in other places. Restrooms can be found near the public boat ramp, Sunset Point, Ship Bottom Borough Hall, and the 6th Street Tennis Courts.

Spring Lake: Public restrooms can be found at the North End Pavilion (Near Ocean Avenue & Ludlow Avenue), South End pavilion (between Atlantic and Salem Avenues) and at the corner of Brown Avenue and Ocean Avenue.

Stone Harbor: Bathrooms are on 2nd Avenue in between 95th and 96th streets, the 95th street parking lot at the beach, and the 122nd street parking lot at the beach.

Strathmere: Recreational Beach portable toilets in Strathmere and Beesleys Point are on Williams Street Beach Patrol station (two bathrooms, one of which is handicap accessible), a handicap accessible unit at Putnam Avenue, one at Bayview Drive, one at the Boat Ramp, one on Commonwealth Whale Beach, One on Commonwealth Avenue, two at the beach 6th Street parking lot on Commonwealth Avenue, and one on Beesleys Point beach.

Surf City: There are restrooms at the 16th Street Bay Beach and the Division Street Boat ramp.

Ventnor: A restroom is at the Ventnor Fishing Pier at South Cambridge Avenue & Boardwalk.

Wildwood: While portable bathrooms are placed every 3 to 4 blocks, permanent ones are located on the boardwalk at Glenwood, Schellenger, Roberts and Bennett Avenues.

Wildwood Crest: There is a public bathroom at Rambler Road and the beach.


Jenna Wise, Dominique Ridley and Bianca Velazquez contributed to this report.

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