Lifeguard Beaches

Lifeguard boats are ready for use at the Wildwood lifeguard station at Lincoln Avenue and the beach.

The Wildwoods’ beaches extend for five miles across the shores of Wildwood, North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.

Sand that washes away from other beaches piles up here due the coastline’s natural topography and prevailing ocean currents, which has resulted in many spots where the beaches are a half-mile from the boardwalk.

Wildwood beaches are the widest in the state, which leads more room to play. Wildwood is the only island in the state not threatened with shoreline retreat.

The size of the beaches make them less convenient for large families and the elderly compared to other South Jersey beach communities.

The beach is handicapped accessible.

There is transport via surf chairs at: the 15th Avenue first aid station in North Wildwoood; the lifeguard headquarters at Lincoln Avenue and the beach in Wildwood; and the lifeguard headquarters at Rambler Road and the beach in Wildwood Crest.

There are two different beach taxi services.

Wildwood Beach Taxi operates from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends from May 27 to June 10 and daily from June 10 to Sept. 10.

Wildwood Beach Taxi charges $3 adults, $2 seniors and children and $1 veterans and people with disabilities.

The phone number for the other beach taxi service is 609-408-4714.

Beach tags: Free for all visitors.

Lifeguard hours: The Wildwood Beach Patrol offers a full-time staff from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tentatively starting June 24.

Lifeguards will be on duty May 27 to 29 and June 3 and 4 at a limited number of beaches from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Beginning June 10, lifeguards will be on duty daily at a limited number of beaches.

If necessary area that bathers will not be permitted to swim in will be designated by red flags with the international "no-swimming" symbol on them.

If necessary, bathers will be directed to the guarded beaches.

This will be standard operating procedure until the beach patrol is fully staffed, and all beaches are guarded tentatively scheduled for June 24.

No person is permitted on the beach between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Dogs are only allowed between 6 a.m. and dusk at the expanded Wildwood Dog Park at Wildwood Avenue and the beach. Dogs must be on leashes. Look for 25-foot high fire hydrant sculpture.

According to the Wildwood Beach Patrol, alcohol, feeding seagulls, littering, open fires, skimboards, vehicles and watercraft are prohibited.

Surfing beaches: North Wildwood at 2nd and 3rd Avenue beaches and Wildwood Crest permitted at the beach at Rambler Road.

Public parking: Metered parking is available between 8 a.m. and 3 a.m. now through Oct. 31 in Wildwood. 

Meters can be paid by cash, cell phone, coins or credit card.

There are more than 700 spaces available at the Wildwoods Convention Center, which stretches from Leaming to Montgomery avenues.

There also are many private parking lots.

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Contact: 609-272-7202


Staff Writer

Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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