ABC's of LBI

ABC's of LBI

The island's essentials, A-Z

Long Beach Island (LBI) is an 18 mile long island filled with beautiful beaches, great restaurants, entertaining activities, and happy people. The ABC's of LBI include the island's key elements that make LBI so special.

A is for Amusement Park

Fantasy Island, located in Beach Haven, has very traditional amusement park rides, such as a ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, drop zone, bumper cars, and a classic, turn-of-the-century carousel.

B is for Biking

Why drive when you can bike? LBI locals always prefer to travel via bike.

C is for Clam Chowder

You can find clam chowder at most restaurants throughout LBI (see G is for Gateway).

D is for Diners

The island has some great diners, such as Mustache Bill's. Mustache Bill's is located in Barnegat Light and has been featured in Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network.

E is for Exit 63

Only the best exit on the Garden State Parkway.

F is for Farias

The surf shop has locations in Surf City, Ship Bottom, and Beach Haven and sells popular surf brands such as Jetty, Hurley, Roxy, and Volcom.

G is for Gateway

The Gateway sits at the end of the causeway as soon as you enter LBI. The restaurant is famous for their clam chowder and has been the winner of LBI's Chowderfest 8 years in a row.

H is for Harvey Cedars

With amazing beaches and multiple eateries to choose from, Harvey Cedars is one of LBI's most coveted towns.

I is for Ice Cream Trucks

Ice cream trucks travel the island far and wide in search of kids to buy their Choco Tacos and Spongebob Popsicles.

J is for Jersey Corn

Jersey corn is at its sweetest in late July.

K is for Kubel's

Kubel's is located in Barnegat Light and serves island favorites such as french onion soup, clam chowder, crab cakes, and little neck clams in garlic sauce.

L is for Lifeguards

Lifeguards sit on their stands from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday.

M is for Mini Golf

Miniature golf courses can be found throughout the island, such as Flamingo Golf and Island Golf.

N is for Neptune's

Neptune Market is a family-friendly grocery store and eatery where patrons can sit at the counter and feast on a delicious breakfast, lunch, or light dinner. The market is a town favorite for Harvey Cedars locals to enjoy a hot chicken cheesesteak.

O is for Old Barney

Old Barney is LBI's infamous lighthouse located in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the northern tip of LBI. Visitors have the option to climb Old Barney's 217 stairs and check out the views from the top.

P is for Parties

At the end of a lazy beach day, friends and family return to the beach for a bonfire.

Q is for Quiet Nights on the Bay

Boaters cruise out to Barnegat Bay to watch the beautiful sunsets.

R is for Ron Jon's

Ron Jon Surf Shop is a retail store chain located in Ship Bottom. With over 10 locations, the original Ron Jon's was founded in LBI.

S is for SandPaper

The SandPaper is the island newspaper that discusses all things LBI.

T is for Thundering Surf

Thundering Surf is one of LBI's most entertaining attractions. It consists of a waterpark, miniature golf course, and snack bars.

U is for Undertow

LBI locals know to be conscious of the undertow.

V is for Viking Village

Viking Village is home to small shops, fish markets, and produce stands. This historic fishing village is located in Barnegat Light.

W is for Wednesday Night Concerts

Local bands perform at Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars every Wednesday night from early July to mid-August.

X is for X Marks the Spot

X marks the spot of this very special place in people's hearts.

Y is for Yacht Clubs

Most yacht clubs in LBI, such as Barnegat Light Yacht Club in Harvey Cedars, offer a swim team or sailing race team that compete against other yacht clubs on the island.

Z is for Zzz's

Taking a nap on a beautiful beach day is a key way to enjoy LBI's beaches.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Yes, coming back from studying abroad I feel like the world around me and my normal life have changed. I never could have expected it to stand still just because I was absent. However, I do not feel that I have "changed" from who I was before. A desire for a challenge is what led me to go abroad in the first place and I am extremely blessed to be able to say that my wish was fulfilled. With each new experience, I expanded my horizons, and piece by piece I watched myself morph into what I would now call a confident and well-rounded individual. This growth has brought me to where I am today, but it is only the starting point on my adventure to further explore cultures, the world, and where my place is in it all.

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