Ship Bottom, known as the gateway to Long Beach Island, can be confusing when you're coming onto the island because of so many traffic signs and the heavy summer traffic. One of the first landmarks you will see is Ron Jon Surf Shop, a massive local landmark that is also a purveyor of beach and surf gear. Visitors can expect to find the town filled with trinket shops and beach supply stores, too -on a smaller scale than the massive Ron Jon.
The borough is known for its lively nightlife and restaurant scene.
Side streets offer easy access to all of Ship Bottom's oceanside beaches and many of the beaches have wheelchair access. There is also a bay beach at 15th Street. The beaches here are usually packed and start filling up early because it is the first stop when you get off the Causeway and onto LBI.
The borough is still made up of lots of small Cape Cod houses intermingled with shore McMansions.
One-hour parking can be found on most ocean streets and there is all day parking on bayside streets. Public parking, which is used by many daytrippers, is available between 18th and 22nd Streets.
Most businesses only offer use of restrooms to customers, but public facilities can be found at Borough Hall and between 10th and 11th Streets.