As summer comes to a close, it's always fun to be able to visit the beach one last time for the season. Across the U.S. east coast there are many beach destinations, but one of my favorites is Long Beach Island, N.J.
Long Beach Island, or commonly referred to as "LBI", is a beautiful island that stretches for about 18 miles. There is plenty to do on the island, everything from swimming in the water on the gorgeous beachfront to exploring nature. On the southern end of the island visitors can head off to the amusement parks, water park, golf and other activities, and the beach area to the north has a busy commercial fishing area, Viking Village, and Barnegat Lighthouse State Park.
On a recent trip we stayed up on the northern end of the island, which seems to be the more "quiet" side of the island. There is, of course, lots of fun in the sun, but a visit also affords a great opportunity to explore the beaches and bays to see the water wildlife up close. During a visit, I got a good first-hand taste of the sea life that resides in the waters surrounding the island.