South Jersey’s best kept secret
Brigantine New Jersey Beach – is a beautiful, pristine island hideaway for homeowners and families seeking a safe, peaceful haven. Brigantine Beach offers fabulous beaches, outstanding recreational facilities and an 18-hole Scottish Links golf course. This beautiful beach-laden island is an ideal second home retreat just 10 minutes north of Atlantic City’s casino excitement. The City of Brigantine, New Jersey, is in Atlantic County. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city’s population was 12,594.
The rich heritage of Brigantine Beach began in the 1500s when the Lenape Indians called our island their “summer playground” or “Watamoonica.” The Boot Island community of Brigantine, which includes Brigantine Beach, was named for a ship wrecked off the Southern New Jersey coast around 1710. IIn fact, the Brigantine shoals, feared by every ship captain who sailed the Atlantic coast in the days of canvas, were from two to three miles off the beach. Well over 300 vessels of all types have been wrecked on the shoals since the early 1700’s. It is recorded that during the decade from 1846-1856, sixty-four vessels were wrecked within a radius of 10 miles of Brigantine.
During those earlier times, whalers used Brigantine Beach to launch attacks on migrating whales from New England. Today, Brigantine’s Marine Mammal Stranding Center assists sick and injured Whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles. The Brigantine Wildlife Refuge, at the island’s northern tip, is a state protected haven for birds, rabbits, and foxes.
Brigantine Beach is the Atlantic seacoast paradise where bathers enjoy the wide, gently sloping, white sandy beaches, free from the noise and congestion of the boardwalk traffic. Residents revel in sport fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, clam digging, and treasure hunting. Enveloping the coastal New Jersey’s largest wildlife refuge. Brigantine’s reverence for nature can be found everywhere around the island.
For non-watersports enthusiasts, there are tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields and well-equipped recreation centers. Beach volleyball is also a favorite past time and courts can be found on the beach. The public is invited to join our various seasonal leagues and special tournament play. For those who prefer to exercise in a more leisurely fashion, the island is the ideal place for safe walking or scenic bike riding. And golf? With 18 holes of natural wonders, Brigantine Beach is the only barrier island in the State of New Jersey to offer its residents and their guests such an awe-inspiring – and challenging – pleasure.
If it involves water, fun and fascination it’s found at Brigantine Beach , New Jersey.