The beaches here are free and very wide. What else could a beachgoer ask for?

How about a place to ride a bike, public restrooms, parking, playgrounds and other amenities? "The Crest," as it is known, has all of them.

The town doesn't have the classic boardwalk but does have a promenade that begins where the Wildwood Boardwalk ends.

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"You can ride bikes, jog, walk, or skate all day long," said Beach Patrol Chief Bud Johnson.

There are public restrooms at Rambler Road - so expect a lot of families - and portable toilets are also spaced along the beach every 10 blocks or so. There is also a long ramp at Rambler Road to get the kids and their stuff onto the sand.

There is plenty of street parking but it isn't free. Bring quarters to feed the meters.

There are also a couple of playgrounds, including one at Rambler Road and another at Crocus Road. There is a pier to walk out over the ocean at Heather Road and a recreation area with basketball courts at Crocus and Heather. The Crest Pier offers a variety of summer programs.

One thing the town does not have is alcohol sales but nearby Lower Township has some watering holes including Crest Tavern and Bayview Inn.


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