Margate City is located on Absecon Island, along with Atlantic City and Ventnor City to the northeast, and Longport on the southwest. The city stretches approximately eight blocks from the Atlantic Ocean to the bay at most points in town.
Margate is a popular Jersey Shore destination, especially during the summer. Margate City is the home of Lucy the Elephant, a six story historic landmark, is the "largest elephant in the world." Marven Gardens, of Monopoly board game fame, is also located there.
Margate beaches are narrower than beaches at many other places at the Jersey Shore. There are a few dunes and those that do exist are artificial. They were created to protect beaches from nor'easters and hurricanes. Most beachfront houses are right against the bulkhead with nothing between them and the ocean.
In summer months, beaches are more crowded than places such as Avalon and Long Beach Island, but much less crowded than more touristy locations such as Atlantic City and Ocean City.
The weekly fee is $10 and access to the beach for the full season costs $15. Badges are sold at the Martin Bloom Community Pavilion located at the intersection of Huntington and the Beach. The Martin Bloom Community Pavilion is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Badges can also be purchased at City Hall, which is located at 1 South Washington Ave. City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as weekends.
During the weekend, badges can be purchased from Beach Patrol headquarters at Decatur Avenue. Margate and Ventnor accept each others tags.
Open from June 21 to Labor Day.
Restrooms and Showers:
Portable toilets are located every few blocks along the beach. There is a public restroom on Hunting Beach and one at the Lifeguard Headquarters. Portable toilets are located on three spots on beach.
There are no showers or changing rooms.
Non-metered street parking is available.
Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 23 through Labor Day.
Access for Visitors with Disabilities:
Beach Patrol has sand wheelchairs. call to reserve, (609) 822-3382.
The Martin Bloom Pavilion has sand wheelchair, call (609) 822-2285.
Small food items and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Barbecue cooking is allowed only on Independence Day and Labor Day.
Surfing is permitted at a designated area. For more information on the places at which one can surf, visitors can call (609) 822-2370.
Tennis courts are located at Jerome Avenue.
Kayaking and surfing are allowed only at specific beaches. Contact Beach Patrol Headquarters for those locations.
Hobie Cat sailing is allowed by permit only.
Animals are not permitted on the Beach as per the Margate City Code Chapter 75-6Q.
Lucy the Elephant at Atlantic and Decatur Avenues, a six story historic landmark, is the "largest elephant in the world" and is also the oldest remaining example of zoomorphic architecture left in the United States. Over 124 years old, she has been painstakingly restored and is toured by thousands of fans each year.
For more information, call (609) 882-2605 or visit www.margate-nj.com.
Factual information provided by City of Margate and the State of New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate