Ortley Beach NJ is a beautiful stop on the New Jersey shoreline. You can enjoy plenty of sun and sand, as well as refreshing ocean breezes. The beach is also a great place to take a swim, boogie board, or just relax and enjoy the view. There are plenty of restaurants and shops nearby, making Ortley Beach the perfect spot for a day trip or a longer summer vacation.
Where is Ortley Beach?
Ortley Beach is on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long peninsula also known as the Barrier Islands that separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Barnegat Bay. Ortley is also known as Dover Beaches South. Like many of the ocean towns on the Barrier Islands, Ortley Beach is a small quaint beach town, less than a square mile in size. It is the northernmost borough in Ocean County, adjacent to Seaside Heights to the south and Lavallette to the north.
You can get to Ortley via the Mathis Bridge in Seaside Heights or the Mantoloking Bridge.
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Ortley Beach Rentals
There are several Ortley Beach Rentals available for those who are looking for a summer getaway. This family-friendly beach destination has several rental options that can range from cozy cottages and condos to spacious beachfront houses.
Due to the significant damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Ortley Beach has seen significant renovation on many of the homes and condos. As a result, the rental market has become much more competitive and expensive. If you are considering Ortley, be sure to book early.
Ortley Beach House Rentals With Pool
Finding a house rental with a pool in Ortley Beach requires some research and planning, but the reward is a memorable vacation with the luxury of your private swimming pool. Whether it’s for cooling off after a day at the beach or providing entertainment for the kids, a pool can significantly enhance your stay at the Jersey Shore.
Ortley Beach Rentals Oceanfront
Wake up to the breathtaking views of the sunrise over the ocean and enjoy picturesque sunsets from your balcony or patio. Enjoy direct access to the beach and natures soundtrack. There is no denying that an oceanfront rental in Ortley Beach would make the perfect summer rental.
Ortley Beach Rentals Pet Friendly
Finding a pet-friendly Ortlye Beach Rental can make your summer vacation more enjoyable by allowing you to bring your furry family member along. Check out these rentals that cater to pet owners who don’t want to leave their pets behind or deal with the hassle of pet boarding.
Whether you’re looking for a place to stay for a day, a week, or even longer, Ortley Beach has something for everyone.
Things to do in Ortley Beach NJ
There are plenty of things to do in Ortley Beach, NJ. Visitors can enjoy the sun and sand at the beach, go swimming, boogie boarding, or just relax and enjoy the view. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops nearby.
Ortley Beach Arcades
Barnacle Bills is a popular fun center in Ortley Beach. There is an 18-hole miniature golf course, an arcade that is home to both new and old school arcade games. It is also home to the Barrier Grill where you can find fresh shore favorites for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Parks in Ortley
Dover Township Bay Park is located on the north side of Route 35 and is a great place to take the kids. The park has playgrounds, baseball fields, a fishing pier, and basketball courts.
Bike Rental Ortley Beach NJ
You could also rent a bicycle from Pedals & Paddles to explore the island. The bike shop also rents out kayaks, paddleboards, and more for a day on the water.
Ortley Beach NJ Boardwalk & Beach
Does Ortley Beach Have a Boardwalk?
Yes, Ortley Beach has a mile long boardwalk, however, it is a pedestrian boardwalk meant for getting from one end of the beach to the other. There is no food on the boardwalk, and other than walking, running, or riding a bike, nothing to do.
Is Ortley Beach Public?
Yes, Ortley Beach is a public beach in New Jersey, but, access to the beach does require beach badges. Children 12 or under do not need a beach badge.
You can get a daily badge from the badge checkers that are on the boardwalk at each of the beach access points. In 2023 the cost of a daily badge was $11 during the week and $12 on the weekends and holidays. If you are visiting for the week, you can also buy a weekly badge. The 2023 cost for a weekly badge was $40.
Does Ortley Beach Have Bathrooms?
Yes! There are bathrooms at the end of Fielder Avenue and at the Lifeguard Station 4th Ave. You will also find outdoor showers at these locations. There is no place to specifically change on the boardwalk.
For a special treat on the beach, use the Beach Butler! They will set your chairs, umbrellas, coolers, etc. on the beach in the morning and return them back home at the end of the day. They will also deliver food from Bakin’ Bagels, Safu Sushi, Beach Bagel, and Sunny Hunny!
Restaurants in Ortley Beach NJ
Gigi’s Ortley Beach
Gigi’s is a B.Y.O.B. and great Italian option in Ortley Beach. Named after their Nonna, they offer brick oven pizza, pasta and steak. To top it off, there is a Khors right next door!
Open since 1965 Sunny Honey is the local breakfast spot in Ortley that vacation goers have been going to generation after generation. They specialize in omelettes, eggs benedict, pancakes, waffles, burgers, & homemade crab cakes. They are also open for dinner on Friday’s and Saturdays during the summer.
Ortley Fish Market
Ortley Fish Market has been in Ortley for over 40 years. They have all the seafood you need to make your favorite dishes at home. If the fish is not pulled from the local waters that morning, the owner is going to the Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx to pick out only the freshest fish. They do have a Clam Bar where you can sit down to enjoy homemade meals, soups, and salads, or take them to go.
Mia’s Pizza Ortley Beach NJ
Mia’s Pizza offers a variety of pizzas ranging from classic toppings to more unique options like the Hawaii Five-0 and the Great White Pizza. Besides pizza, you can also order pasta, subs, paninis and salads.
Rockafellas Ortley Beach NJ
Rockafellas is no longer open as a restaurant, but they do offer take-out options that include hot and cold sandwiches, traditional Italian dinner options, and various salads. They are open from 10 to 6 in the summer months and also have an Italian Market offering Italian imports like olive oil, capers, and balsamic vinegar.
The owners of Rockafellas have opened a new restaurant in Toms River located at 1177 Fischer Blvd, Toms River. The new restaurant is named Piccolino.
Vito’s Sandwiches and Specialties
For authentic Italian sandwiches and meals, look no further than Vito’s Sandwiches. Owners Vito and Nicole are proud to serve up food prepared with high quality and fresh ingredients. Have a big group? No problem, they also offer various half and full tray options and packages as well. You can find them at 2304 Route 35N Ortley Beach, NJ, which is the corner of 1st Ave and 35N.
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Hotels in Ortley Beach NJ
There are no hotels and only one motel in Ortley Beach. The difference between an hotel and a motel is largely in the layout and access to the rooms. Motels all have entrances to the room via the outside, vs an interior hallway.
Starlight Hotel Ortley Beach
The Starlight motel is one block from the beach and close to several places to eat. Barnacle Bills arcade and putt-putt golf is right across the street.
There were more hotels in Ortley Beach not long ago, but they’ve all been converted to apartments or condominiums. You can find a lot more motels in Seaside Heights.
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