Are Ocean City Beaches Open?

Posted on: May 14th, 2020 by

Ocean City, New Jersey dubs itself as America’s greatest family resort. With eight miles of beautiful beaches and bay for sunbathing, boating, fishing, jet skis and kayaking; 2.5 miles of boardwalk complete with two amusement parks, a water park, go-carts, bike rentals and miniature golf and more, it’s easy to see why some families love Ocean City beaches more than others.

While everything might not be open yet in Ocean City, the beaches will be open for the summer 2020.

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Ocean City Beaches will be open this summer

This information is accurate as of May 14, 2020. If you are looking for updates after this date, please check with the beach directly.

The Ocean City boardwalk, beaches and shared-use path on the Route 52 causeway are now open for exercise and active recreation – including walking, running, surfing, exercising and fishing.

Beach Tags & Admission Fees

Beach badges are being sold. Beach Tags are required for all beachgoers ages 12 and older and will be in effect from June 6 through September 7, in 2020.

Purchase beach tags at the following locations (note – these locations are temporarily closed due to public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic):

  • City Hall (861 Asbury Ave.)- Mon-Fri  8:45-6; Sat-Sun, 9-6
  • Rt. 52 Welcome Center -Mon-Fri 9-4:30; Sat 9-4; Sun 9-2 (winter hours)
  • Henry Knight Building (12th Street and Haven Ave.) – Mon-Fri  9-4 (no holidays).
  • Aquatic & Fitness Center (17th Street and Simpson Ave.) – Mon-Fri  5 am-9 p.m.; Sat  7-6; Sun 9-6
  • Music Pier Information Center (Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, weather permitting) – Mon-Fri 10-4
  • Order Ocean City beach tags online at store.ocnj.us.
  • Weekly, daily, and military beach tags will be available at a later date.
  • Seasonal beach badges WILL be available.
    • Seasonal tags cost $20 if purchased by May 31, 2020. Only seasonal tags are available for purchase if using online or mail-order options.
    • To assure delivery of tags by the start of the season, please place all mail orders and online orders no later than May 16, 2020. While the pre-season cost of $20 will still apply, on-time delivery cannot be guaranteed after that date.

Beach Webcams

Check the status and crowds on the following Ocean City Beach webcams.

What is allowed on the Ocean City beaches this summer?

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Surfing – When Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards are on duty during the summer, the following beaches are designated for surfing:
    • Waverly Boulevard
    • Seventh Street
    • 16th Street
    • Beaches south of 36th Street where lifeguard stands are three blocks apart.
  • Exercising
  • Fishing
  • Swimming IS allowed starting Saturday, May 16, 2020.
  • Sitting or sunbathing on the beach IS allowed starting Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Will lifeguards be on duty?

Lifeguards will be on duty beginning May 23, 2020. During the season, lifeguards will be on duty from 10 am to 5:30 pm weekends and holidays and from 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays. For a list of guarded beaches, check their website www.ocnj.us/ocbp.

Will bathrooms be open at the Ocean City beaches?

Yes, Governor Murphy’s order calls for the opening of shower pavilions, changing areas, and restrooms at beaches. Public restrooms on the boardwalk are open and being sanitized throughout the day. Hand sanitization stations are available at regular intervals along the boardwalk.

Rest rooms are located at 1st Street, 6th Street, Music Pier, 11th Street, 12th Street, 34th Street (use OCBP bathrooms), 58th Street Beach. All bathrooms are handicapped accessible.

Will the Ocean City Boardwalk be open?

The boardwalk is open for walking, running, bicycling and for access to takeout food. Avoid social gathering and respect social distancing guidelines.

Non-essential retail stores and amusement centers remain closed by executive order of the governor. “Curbside” pickup for retail stores will be permitted starting May 18, 2020.

Will face masks be required at Ocean City beaches?

There is no executive order or CDC requirement that people wear masks at all times when in public. It is required only when you enter an essential retail establishment or restaurant. People do not have to wear face masks “at all times” while in public. The CDC does recommend “the wearing of cloth face coverings/ masks in public settings when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of “significant community-based transmission.”

Where can I park for Ocean City beaches?

Parking meters and fees for surface lots are in effect from early May through early October each year.

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Drivers can also pay to park with their smartphones using a new app for iPhone, Android, Windows, Amazon, and Blackberry phones, or by calling the toll-free number on the green meter stickers. Users must first must register either by downloading the mobile app in their phone’s app store (search “ParkMobile”) or online at ParkMobile.io . Once registered, they may use the mobile app, internet, or the toll-free number to pay for parking.

Learn more about the Ocean City parking options.

Does this beach have a playground?

Ocean City has multiple playgrounds but none are on the beach. Read about them here.

Keep in mind at the current time, playgrounds are closed.

Ocean City Sandcastle Park 34th Street Playground
Ocean City Sandcastle Playground

Is the Ocean City beach handicap accessible?

Ocean City works constantly to make streets, sidewalks, the beach, bay and boardwalk accessible to those with disabilities or limited mobility. 

  • The Ocean City Sports & Civic Center, located on 6th Street at the Boardwalk, runs the city’s Surf Chair Program. Beach-accessible wheelchairs are available at the Sports & Civic Center, 6th Street and Boardwalk from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The program is for individuals of all ages. “Surf Chairs” must be used at Sixth Street Beach or picked up at the facility. You must have a large vehicle for transportation. Available Memorial Day to Labor Day. Daily or 1-week maximum. Call 609-525-9304 for information or reservations.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available to borrow for free for daily use only on the boardwalk for two hours at a time. You can pick them up at the Music Pier Info Center (on the boardwalk between 8th Street and 9th Street), first-come, first-served.  Call 609-399-6111, ext. 9337 with questions.
  • For a listing of Ocean City accessible beaches visit www.ocnj.us/handicapped-accessibility.
  • For more information on NJ beaches with handicap-accessible ramps or beach wheelchairs click here.

Rules for New Jersey Beaches

There will be a restriction on the number of beachgoers allowed on each beach or lakefront, and social distancing measures will be required. 

  • Capacity limits will be in place and will differ from beach to beach
  • Social distancing measures are in place.
  • Contact sports and organized events are prohibited.
  • Boardwalk restaurants will be allowed to continue to operate with takeout and delivery only, but rides, arcades, other games, amusement parks, playgrounds and visitor centers will remain closed.
  • It is highly recommended that anyone who goes to the beach and finds themselves in a situation where it is difficult to maintain social distancing, should wear a facemask.

What are the rules for Ocean City beaches?

  • Ocean City does not have any additional rules for their beaches.

Where can I learn more about this beach?

For more information about the Ocean City beaches, call (609) 399-1111 or visit the Ocean City website.

Nearby Activities

What is there to do near Ocean City beaches?

  • Currently Ocean City family attractions and nonessential businesses are closed.

Where can I eat nearby?

  • Ocean City restaurants and eateries will be open for curbside and take out service.

Want to find out about other New Jersey beaches?

Visit our New Jersey Beaches and Beach Tag Guide for 2020.

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