5th Street Beach Haven

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Great all-round spot for those looking to have fun. The course of a year will see solid head+ barrels in 40 degree murky spring-time water to long mushy longboard lines in the summer to the fall surf where everyone except for the Hawaiian North Shore's big wave chargers can find some great sessions.

You couldn't find a more relaxed beach on the South end of LBI. Much less competitive than neighboring Taylor Avenue or Holyoke Ave and Wooden Jetty, the locals for the most part are extremely accepting of surfers of all skill levels.

During the summer the beach is guarded during the summer by two veteran guards combining for 7 seasons on 5th street. One of two has even guarded as far away as the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. The beach is a pretty even split between summertime families and weekly tourists. In the evening watch out for the blue shorts of the lifeguards just getting off of work as this is one of their favorite spots to paddle out after work. When you see them go out of your way to say hi, and they will watch your back not only from water hazards but also from the occasional surfer mouthing off.

During the offseason the beach is quiet. Often frequented only by a few of the islands older locals sitting in the pavilion and a fisherman or two checking out the standing rip that invariably forms later in the summer just south of the pavilion.

Additional Info:
During a hot summer day look North as you walk past the white pavilion for the surfing zone (black and white checkered flags). There you will often find longer rights peeling off towards Taylor and short steep lefts. During the fall and winter storms (and summer dawn and dusk patrol) look South for a good right off the 3rd St jetty.


Beach Haven, LBI. 5th Street

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
DirectionRight and left
PowerPowerful, Fun
FrequencyRegular (100 days/year)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeLess than 3ft - 8ft+
TideLow and mid tide
Tide movementRising tide
WeekFew surfers
WeekendFew surfers

Rips / undertow, Rocks



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L.B.I - 82st

2.79 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Regular (100 days/year)
Wooden Jetty

3.42 miles away

Bottom:Sandy with rock
Frequency:Regular (100 days/year)
58th Street

4.49 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Regular (100 days/year)