Maybe the most popular spot along Ventnor's 1.7 miles or so of beaches is right near the town's fishing pier, between Cornwall and Cambridge avenues, because the location offers so many little extras.

The front of the pier, near the Boardwalk, has a restroom - and Ventnor's not the only local town where those are in short supply on long summer days. But other restrooms near the beach are in the town's Community Center, at Newport Avenue, and in the tennis complex at Somerset Avenue.

Back to the 1,000-foot-long pier, the section of the deck that stretches over the beach also offers shade, which makes it popular with some parents. Plus the city's surfing beach is right next to the pier, so it's big with the board set, and there are often volleyball games and tournaments at courts set up in front of a covered pavilion just off the beach.

If your kids aren't into surfing or volleyball, Ventnor also offers beachfront playgrounds at Newport and Somerset avenues - and the CSURE Playground, at Somerset, is designed to be fully wheelchair-accessible. Oh, and the pier itself is open to public fishing, available either for a daily fee or a yearly membership.

Beach tags are required, but at just $7, the pre-season rate through the end of May, they're the cheapest tags around. And they're also honored across the town line in Margate.

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