After a long winter and a late spring, we’ve finally arrived at summer. It’s always worth the wait, especially at the Jersey Shore where the beach is hot and the water’s cool. Get your blankets, chairs, tags and … go.

Atlantic City

Swimming hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beach tags: Not required

What to do: Swimming. No food or alcohol allowed on the beach. No ball playing or Frisbee tossing. Volleyball permitted in designated areas.

More information: atlanticcitynj.com

Avalon

Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beach tags: $28 seasonal, $12 weekly, $6 daily. Free for veterans, active military and children age 11 and younger.

What to do: Swimming. Volleyball and Frisbee are OK from 38th to 76th streets in locations designated by the Beach Patrol captain. Rafts are permitted on select beaches from Ninth to 79th streets. Surfboarding OK at 30th street, either side of the 12th Street lifeguard stands, or at 63rd Street.

More information: visistavalonnj.com

Brigantine

Llifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Beach tags: $20 seasonal, $15 weekly, $10 daily. Free for seniors 65 or older with proof of age.

What to do: Swimming is permitted at the following: 10th Street North, Fifth Street North, Second Street North, Second Street South, Fourth Street South, Seventh Street South, 14th Street South, 15th Street South, 16th Street South, 20th Street South, 22nd Street South, 26th Street South, 28th Street South, 32nd Street South, 34th Street South, 38th Street South, 43rd Street South, Bramble Drive, Surfside Road, Sandy Lane. Surfing is permitted at 12th Street North, 10th Street South, north of the South End Jetty and south of the Sandy Lane bathing area. Kite flying is permitted on 34th Street South to 38th Street South. Fishing permitted north of 14th Street North, 45th Street to 47th Street, 49th Street, south of the jetty in the Absecon Inlet and by the Brigantine Bridge. Fishing is permitted north of 14th Street north, between 45th to 47th Street, the area north of Seaside Road on 49th Street, South of Jetty or on Brigantine Bridge. Kite flying is permitted on 34th Street South to 38th Street South.

Fun fact: Located at the south end of the island are the Cove, dotted with vehicles and watercraft, and the Jetty, a favorite spot for surfers. Both areas are accessible by four-wheel drive vehicles, with appropriate permits.

More information: bb-nj.com

Cape May

Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Beach tags: $28 seasonal, $18 weekly, $12 for three days, $6 daily. Free for active military and veterans.

What to do: Swimming, skim boarding with lifeguards’ permission. Volleyball allowed. Nets are available at Steger Beach (Beach Avenue and Jackson Street) and at Second Avenue Beach (Second Avenue and Beach Avenue). You need a beach tag and a ball to play. No camping or fires. Dogs are allowed during the evening hours along Delaware Bay. Food is OK. No alcohol.

Fun fact: Higbee Beach is not — and has never been — a nude beach. A few years ago, the beach wasn’t actively patrolled, and beachgoers took advantage by sun bathing in the nude. Keep your swim trunks on because local police can arrest you.

More information: capemay.com

Longport

Beaches guarded 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beach tags: $15 seasonal for ages 13 to 64 until June 16, $30 seasonal after June 16; $5 ages 65 and older until June 16, $10 seniors after June 16;, free for children age 12 and younger.

What to do: Swimming, surfboarding, sailing, kayaking and rafting are permitted, except on beaches where there are active swimmers. Fishing is permitted on the fishing pier behind borough hall and at various locations throughout the borough.

More information: longportnj.gov

Margate City

Beaches guarded 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beach tags: $15 seasonal

What to do: Swimming. kayaking and surfing only allowed at specific beaches. Hobie Cat sailing is by permit only.

More information: margate-nj.com.

North Wildwood

Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Beach tags: Not required

What to do: Swimming in areas designated by lifeguards. No surfboarding, canoeing, boating, rafting, life belts, water wings, inner tubes or other flotation devices in bathing areas. No alcohol, no barbecues.

More information: northwildwood .com

Ocean City

Beaches guarded 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Beach tags: $25 seasonal, $10 weekly, $5 daily, free for children age 11 and younger.

What to do: Swimming. Surfing OK at Waverly Boulevard, Seventh Street and 16th Street.

More information: ocnj.us

Sea Isle City

Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends

Beach tags: $25 seasonal, $10 weekly, $5 daily, free on Wednesdays. Tags available at the Beach Tag Office in the Welcome Center.

What to do: Swimming OK at 24th, 28th, 32nd, 34th, 38th, 40th, 43rd, 45th, 49th, 51st, 54th, 59th, 61st, 64th, 68th, 71st, 75th, 77th, 81st, 84th, 86th, 89th and 92nd streets. Surfing is allowed at 26th, 37th, 42nd, 48th, 53rd, 63rd, 74th and 82nd streets. Rafting OK at beaches at 24th, 28th, 34th, 40th, 45th, 51st, 59th, 61st, 64th, 68th, 75th, 81st, 86th and 92nd streets. Surf fishing OK on beaches north of 14th but south of 93rd, as long as the area is adjacent to rock jetties and not specified as bathing, rafting, surfing, sailboat, kite boarding or kayaking beaches. Kayaking is OK on 30th, 35th, 56th or 79th streets, but kayakers must wear life jackets at all times, be accompanied by an adult if they’re under 14 in a two-person kayak, stay 50 feet from swimmers or jetties, and do not try to fit an extra friend into a one-person kayak. Jumping off a kayak beyond the breaking waves is prohibited, and kayakers must stay within ¼ mile of the shoreline.

More information: new.sea-isle-city.nj.us

Stone Harbor

Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beach tags: $28 seasonal, $12 weekly, $6 daily. Free for age 11 and younger.

What to do: Swimming, except on 81st, 86th, 105th, 110th, 112th and 122nd street beaches. Rafts and surfboards are permitted at designated beaches only. Licensed sailboats are allowed in designated areas. Surfing OK on beaches at 81st or 110th. Kayaking OK on beaches from 112nd through 126th. No alcohol, fires, picnics or glass bottles. Dogs are permitted from 7 p.m. to sunset (except in Stone Harbor Point) and must be leashed.

More information: stoneharbornj.org

Upper Township

Beach Patrol guards Strathmere and Beesley’s Point beaches daily during the summer season. Check the Upper Township Beach Patrol website for a list of protected beaches. Lifeguard Headquarters are located on Williams Road and Neptune in Strathmere.

Beach tags: Not required

What to do: Swimming in lifeguard-protected areas. No ball playing, rafts, alcohol, fires, pets, vehicles or horses. Fishing is prohibited while lifeguards are on duty.

Wildwood

Beginning June 16, lifeguards will be on duty daily at a limited number of beaches. All beaches should be guarded 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by June 23.

Beach tags: Not required

What to do: Swimming is a must, but you may have to check with lifeguards on where and when you can throw a ball, surf, kayak or canoe or use an inflatable. Those are not entirely prohibited, but it’s best to check with the lifeguards on duty. No launching jet skis or other motorized watercrafts from the beach.

Fun fact: If you don’t feel like lugging stuff back and forth on the mile-long beach, Wildwood rents out beach boxes for the season.

More information: wildwoodsnj.com

Wildwood Crest

Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Beach tags: Not required

What to do: Swimming. Surfing is OK on the Rambler Road and Aster Road beaches. Floating devices are allowed in some posted areas. No surf fishing in bathing areas, vehicles, ball playing, Frisbees or kite flying, except in designated areas. No barbecues or alcohol.

More information: visitwildwoodcrest.com

Ventnor

Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beach tags: $15 seasonal, $10 weekly. Free for veterans, active military members, their spouses and their children up to age 25 and all other children age 11 and younger.

What to do: Swimming. Barbecues OK through Sept. 30. No open flames, however. Surfing OK next to the fishing pier, located at Cornwall Avenue and the boardwalk. Kayaking permitted beach at Princeton Avenue and the beach. Alcohol, picnics and ball playing prohibited.

Fun fact: Ventnor beach badges can also be used on Margate beaches.

More information: ventnorcity.org

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