Michelle’s LBI Guidebook

Michelle
Michelle’s LBI Guidebook

Excellent Breakfast/Lunch Spots in Walking Distance from the Condo

These are the breakfast & lunch locations that I LOVE and highly recommend -- the best part is they are in walking distance from the Condo!
The food is incredible. The pancakes are ginormous! Sometimes there is a wait, but it's worth it. Sadly they closed their Ship Bottom location but their Surf City location is only a short drive to the north and has indoor and outdoor seating. https://www.sandboxcafelbi.com/
Sandbox Cafe
2604 Long Beach Blvd
The food is incredible. The pancakes are ginormous! Sometimes there is a wait, but it's worth it. Sadly they closed their Ship Bottom location but their Surf City location is only a short drive to the north and has indoor and outdoor seating. https://www.sandboxcafelbi.com/
Excellent bakery in walking distance from the condo. As their sign reads "BEST JELLY DONUT ON THE PLANET!". Their donuts, breakfast sandwiches (taylor ham or pork roll, egg & cheese), and rolls are delicious. They also have ice cream and coffee. https://ferrarasislandbakery.com/
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Ferrara's Island Bakery
2900 Long Beach Blvd
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Excellent bakery in walking distance from the condo. As their sign reads "BEST JELLY DONUT ON THE PLANET!". Their donuts, breakfast sandwiches (taylor ham or pork roll, egg & cheese), and rolls are delicious. They also have ice cream and coffee. https://ferrarasislandbakery.com/
The lobster rolls are delicious! Mystic is within walking distance of the condo - you can literally see if from the front of our building down the street near Heartland Golf. Everything is fresh. The establishment is very clean. Mystic moved into the location in 2020. Great new spot to pick up some lunch to go to the beach or have an early dinner. You will not be disappointed!!! https://www.mysticmeatandseafood.com/ship-bottom-menu
Mystic Meat & Seafood Market
2901 Long Beach Boulevard
The lobster rolls are delicious! Mystic is within walking distance of the condo - you can literally see if from the front of our building down the street near Heartland Golf. Everything is fresh. The establishment is very clean. Mystic moved into the location in 2020. Great new spot to pick up some lunch to go to the beach or have an early dinner. You will not be disappointed!!! https://www.mysticmeatandseafood.com/ship-bottom-menu

Food scene

Here are some of my favorite Cafes and Restaurants on and off the island that are great for sit down meals and takeout. You won't be disappointed!
The Goodness Café by Sweet Melissa is closed but she provides her baked goods to various local establishments (Pearl Street Market, The Mermaid Room Cafe, Reynolds, Neptune Market, and others). She is also at the Surf City Farmer's Market on Mondays from 8am until noon. She is the OG of the LBI INCREDIBLE pop tarts made from scratch as well as other treats including cookies, cinnamon rolls, brownies, gluten free items, and dog biscuits. When you find her baked goods, be prepared to buy extras because there are usually several flavors of pop tarts to choose from - Nutella, Strawberry, Blueberry, etc. You'll wish you stocked up if you only bought one!
The Goodness Café
The Goodness Café by Sweet Melissa is closed but she provides her baked goods to various local establishments (Pearl Street Market, The Mermaid Room Cafe, Reynolds, Neptune Market, and others). She is also at the Surf City Farmer's Market on Mondays from 8am until noon. She is the OG of the LBI INCREDIBLE pop tarts made from scratch as well as other treats including cookies, cinnamon rolls, brownies, gluten free items, and dog biscuits. When you find her baked goods, be prepared to buy extras because there are usually several flavors of pop tarts to choose from - Nutella, Strawberry, Blueberry, etc. You'll wish you stocked up if you only bought one!
You cannot go wrong with the Local -- great place to eat outside or indoors.... or take out and eat back at the condo or on the beach. Everything from the salads, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee options are excellent and always fresh. Local tip -- after 3pm everything in the back deli case is discounted for the "TV Dinner" Special where you get to choose one protein and 2 sides for only $12.99 -- that includes salmon, shrimp, meatballs, etc. They do this to clear out inventory to make sure everything is always as fresh as possible. They have a firepit, cornhole games, an AirStream trailer outside serving treats, and outdoor area is DOG friendly! You can't go wrong!!!! http://www.localmarketlbi.com/
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The Local
604 Central Ave
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You cannot go wrong with the Local -- great place to eat outside or indoors.... or take out and eat back at the condo or on the beach. Everything from the salads, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee options are excellent and always fresh. Local tip -- after 3pm everything in the back deli case is discounted for the "TV Dinner" Special where you get to choose one protein and 2 sides for only $12.99 -- that includes salmon, shrimp, meatballs, etc. They do this to clear out inventory to make sure everything is always as fresh as possible. They have a firepit, cornhole games, an AirStream trailer outside serving treats, and outdoor area is DOG friendly! You can't go wrong!!!! http://www.localmarketlbi.com/
Everything is delicious at the Old Causeway! This is owned by the same family that owns Mud City Crab House, Ship Bottom Shellfish, The Black Whale, and Parker's Garage. They have bands on weekends and a large bar area. The wait can be long, but call ahead. They also have a free shuttle and will pick you up and drop you off at the condo if you call ahead.
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The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House
1201 E Bay Ave
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Everything is delicious at the Old Causeway! This is owned by the same family that owns Mud City Crab House, Ship Bottom Shellfish, The Black Whale, and Parker's Garage. They have bands on weekends and a large bar area. The wait can be long, but call ahead. They also have a free shuttle and will pick you up and drop you off at the condo if you call ahead.
Lobster corndogs -- need I say more! Every restaurant this family owns is excellent.... but good food usually involves a wait. Get there early and for large groups, definitely call ahead to make reservations. They also have an oyster bar that you can just walk in, take a seat and order up!
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Parker's Garage & Oyster Saloon
116 Northwest Ave
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Lobster corndogs -- need I say more! Every restaurant this family owns is excellent.... but good food usually involves a wait. Get there early and for large groups, definitely call ahead to make reservations. They also have an oyster bar that you can just walk in, take a seat and order up!
Menu for sweet & savory crepes, French press coffee, lattes, (iced/hot), baked goods. So quaint! Owned and operated by a husband and wife team -- the wife is from France and the recipes are authentic. A little slice of Paris in LBI! Oui Oui!!! Bon Apetite!
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Crêperie de la Mer
210 N Beach Ave
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Menu for sweet & savory crepes, French press coffee, lattes, (iced/hot), baked goods. So quaint! Owned and operated by a husband and wife team -- the wife is from France and the recipes are authentic. A little slice of Paris in LBI! Oui Oui!!! Bon Apetite!
If you love hamburgers this place is a must visit! All of the meat is procured from a local butcher so it's always fresh. The burgers are cooked on a fired grill so you get that char broil taste. Shakes are also great. The Ship Bottom location is their original restaurant and the one my family always visits. Note, this is also one of comedian/actor Ray Romano's favorite places to eat on LBI, usually before or after he plays a round of mini golf at the nearby Flamingo.
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Woodies Drive-in
509 Long Beach Blvd
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If you love hamburgers this place is a must visit! All of the meat is procured from a local butcher so it's always fresh. The burgers are cooked on a fired grill so you get that char broil taste. Shakes are also great. The Ship Bottom location is their original restaurant and the one my family always visits. Note, this is also one of comedian/actor Ray Romano's favorite places to eat on LBI, usually before or after he plays a round of mini golf at the nearby Flamingo.
If you're into vegan food, this is the place for you! They have breakfast, lunch, and snack options.
Living On the Veg
2613 Long Beach Blvd
If you're into vegan food, this is the place for you! They have breakfast, lunch, and snack options.
Everything is delicious at Mud City! This is owned by the same family that owns the Old Causeway, Ship Bottom Shellfish, The Black Whale, and Parker's Garage. The crab cakes are a MUST. The garlic crabs and mussels in white wine are delicious. The "muddy fries" aren't always on the menu but you can ask for them -- French fries with garlic crab sauce! The wait can be long, but call ahead. They also have a free shuttle and will pick you up and drop you off at the condo if you call ahead.
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Mud City Crab House
1185 E Bay Ave
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Everything is delicious at Mud City! This is owned by the same family that owns the Old Causeway, Ship Bottom Shellfish, The Black Whale, and Parker's Garage. The crab cakes are a MUST. The garlic crabs and mussels in white wine are delicious. The "muddy fries" aren't always on the menu but you can ask for them -- French fries with garlic crab sauce! The wait can be long, but call ahead. They also have a free shuttle and will pick you up and drop you off at the condo if you call ahead.
Variety of tacos, burritos and great salsas
Surf Taco
1915 Long Beach Blvd
Variety of tacos, burritos and great salsas
Everything is always fresh and delicious. Salsas are house made. Previously located in Ship Bottom but relocated to Surf City. If you love Mexican food you will love Lex Mex
Lex Mex
414 Long Beach Blvd
Everything is always fresh and delicious. Salsas are house made. Previously located in Ship Bottom but relocated to Surf City. If you love Mexican food you will love Lex Mex
Fresh fish and great bar - owned by same family that owns Mud City, Parkers Garage, Ship Bottom Shellfish.... quality, consistency.
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Black Whale Bar & Fish House
100 N Pennsylvania Ave
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Fresh fish and great bar - owned by same family that owns Mud City, Parkers Garage, Ship Bottom Shellfish.... quality, consistency.
So much fun!! Go with a group and fun for all ages. Waiters and waitresses sing while they serve ice cream. They incorporate you into the show. Ssssshhhh....don't tell your guests the concept before you go -- make it a surprise so if they're incorporated into the act, it's even funnier. Kids will have a great time. You will have to wait on line for the "show" but it's worth it and the ice cream is great.
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The Show Place Ice Cream Parlour
200 Centre St
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So much fun!! Go with a group and fun for all ages. Waiters and waitresses sing while they serve ice cream. They incorporate you into the show. Ssssshhhh....don't tell your guests the concept before you go -- make it a surprise so if they're incorporated into the act, it's even funnier. Kids will have a great time. You will have to wait on line for the "show" but it's worth it and the ice cream is great.
The Mermaid Room is a quaint coffee shop inside of the Beach Barn Boutique. They carry Sweet Melissa Goodness pop tarts & cookies and their coffees, lattes, and specialty drinks (hot and cold) are delicious. You’ll make this your daily coffee spot after you try it for the first time. This is not too far of a walk from the condo if you want a little exercise.
The Mermaid Room
1920 Long Beach Blvd
The Mermaid Room is a quaint coffee shop inside of the Beach Barn Boutique. They carry Sweet Melissa Goodness pop tarts & cookies and their coffees, lattes, and specialty drinks (hot and cold) are delicious. You’ll make this your daily coffee spot after you try it for the first time. This is not too far of a walk from the condo if you want a little exercise.
Dinner is excellent and service is impeccable. The decor is lovely. The filet mignon melts in your mouth. Brussel sprouts are delicious as is the Chilean sea bass with Meyer lemon buerre blanc and haricot vert. Complementary valet parking. Best to go before sunset so you can watch the breathtaking views from the rooftop bar of the sun setting on the bay.
Salt Kitchen Restaurant & Bar at Hotel LBI
350 West 8th Street
Dinner is excellent and service is impeccable. The decor is lovely. The filet mignon melts in your mouth. Brussel sprouts are delicious as is the Chilean sea bass with Meyer lemon buerre blanc and haricot vert. Complementary valet parking. Best to go before sunset so you can watch the breathtaking views from the rooftop bar of the sun setting on the bay.
Sunset dining / drinks on the roof deck is a must during your visit to LBI. There may be a wait for a table, but it's worth the wait. The pizzas are all excellent as are the rest of the menu items. Great atmosphere upstairs and downstairs bar area. Walk over to the water and pier area. Same owners as Parker's Garage, Ship Bottom Shellfish, Mud City Crab House, Old Causeway, and Black Whale so you can't go wrong! Live music on occasion so check their social media for updates.
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Bird and Betty's
529 Dock Rd
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Sunset dining / drinks on the roof deck is a must during your visit to LBI. There may be a wait for a table, but it's worth the wait. The pizzas are all excellent as are the rest of the menu items. Great atmosphere upstairs and downstairs bar area. Walk over to the water and pier area. Same owners as Parker's Garage, Ship Bottom Shellfish, Mud City Crab House, Old Causeway, and Black Whale so you can't go wrong! Live music on occasion so check their social media for updates.
Garden bar and rooftop bars are cozy with lounge-y vibes. Occasionally live music or DJ. Bar areas serve appetizers and smaller menus. The restaurant has a large menu for food and drinks. Food is excellent. Sometimes the service is a little lax but just be patient and enjoy the atmosphere/decor/music.
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Daddy O
4401 Long Beach Blvd
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Garden bar and rooftop bars are cozy with lounge-y vibes. Occasionally live music or DJ. Bar areas serve appetizers and smaller menus. The restaurant has a large menu for food and drinks. Food is excellent. Sometimes the service is a little lax but just be patient and enjoy the atmosphere/decor/music.

Mini Golf

Fun mini golf course and arcade right across the street from the condo!! Visitors of all ages will enjoy Hartland Golf! When it's raining out, the arcade is a great place to play pinball, video games, and shoot hoops.
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Hartland Golf & Arcade
2801 Long Beach Blvd
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Fun mini golf course and arcade right across the street from the condo!! Visitors of all ages will enjoy Hartland Golf! When it's raining out, the arcade is a great place to play pinball, video games, and shoot hoops.
Newest mini golf on LBI. Great course right on the water.
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Jen's Links At LBI
501 Broadway
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Newest mini golf on LBI. Great course right on the water.
While you're at Fantasy Island and Bay Village, if you're in the mood to play mini golf, this is a great course. Two different courses - one with a waterfall and one with a cave. It gets busy during the summer so you need to have patience. It's also a little more expensive than Hartland.
Settler's Mill Adventure Golf
300 Taylor Ave
While you're at Fantasy Island and Bay Village, if you're in the mood to play mini golf, this is a great course. Two different courses - one with a waterfall and one with a cave. It gets busy during the summer so you need to have patience. It's also a little more expensive than Hartland.
This is comedian/actor Ray Romano's favorite mini golf course on LBI. In July/August you just may see him playing a round of mini golf with his family.
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Flamingo Miniature Golf Course
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This is comedian/actor Ray Romano's favorite mini golf course on LBI. In July/August you just may see him playing a round of mini golf with his family.

Shopping

Family-owned surf shop (celebrating they're 50th year!). Their Ship Bottom store is located steps away from the condo to purchase great items AND to rent bicycles, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. AND sign up for surfing and paddle board lessons.
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Farias Surf & Sport
506 Long Beach Blvd
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Family-owned surf shop (celebrating they're 50th year!). Their Ship Bottom store is located steps away from the condo to purchase great items AND to rent bicycles, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. AND sign up for surfing and paddle board lessons.
This is Ron Jon's flagship store where it all started! HUGE surf shop with a variety of items.
Ron Jon Surf Shop
201 W 9th St
This is Ron Jon's flagship store where it all started! HUGE surf shop with a variety of items.
Adorable women’s surf boutique
Five 0 Six Surf Boutique
506 Long Beach Blvd
Adorable women’s surf boutique
Beautiful beach / nautical decor. Two locations - Beach Haven and Barnegate
The Spotted Whale Beach Haven
500 N Bay Ave
Beautiful beach / nautical decor. Two locations - Beach Haven and Barnegate
Unique decorative items, clothing and shoes.
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How To Live
7 S Bay Ave
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Unique decorative items, clothing and shoes.
Shops & places to eat in the heart of Beach Haven. Walk around the area. This is right where Chowderfest is every October.
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Bay Village
830 N Bay Ave
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Shops & places to eat in the heart of Beach Haven. Walk around the area. This is right where Chowderfest is every October.

Amusement Parks, Arcades, Boat Rentals & Various Things to Do -- Driving Distance from Condo

Rides for small children and pre-teens. The bumper cars are fun, ferris wheel has amazing views. Very clean amusement park. You can buy a card and fill it with "tokens" for rides and games to win prizes. There's an arcade with old time skee-ball, claw games, various arcade style games -- great for rainy days or when you're tired of the beach. Also great at night.
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Fantasy Island Amusement Park
750 N Bay Ave
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Rides for small children and pre-teens. The bumper cars are fun, ferris wheel has amazing views. Very clean amusement park. You can buy a card and fill it with "tokens" for rides and games to win prizes. There's an arcade with old time skee-ball, claw games, various arcade style games -- great for rainy days or when you're tired of the beach. Also great at night.
Fun water park - check their website and The SandPaper (grab one in front of Farias or Ferrara's Bakery; or check them out online) for the discount times. Lazy river, wave pool, surf area, and various slides for all ages.
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Thundering Surf Waterpark
300 Taylor Ave
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Fun water park - check their website and The SandPaper (grab one in front of Farias or Ferrara's Bakery; or check them out online) for the discount times. Lazy river, wave pool, surf area, and various slides for all ages.
If you're looking for adventure, zip lines and something different, head over to The Mainland Adventure Park right on Route 72 (you passed it on your way to LBI) attached to the Holiday Inn and the Mainland Kitchen & Pub. It has over 50 Aerial Activities: – 50 Foot Climbing Wall with 3 Climbing Routes – 4 Extended Zip Lines Soaring Over the Go Kart Track – Go Kart Track with Single and Double Seat Karts – Kids Course with Play Fort
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The Mainland adventure park
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If you're looking for adventure, zip lines and something different, head over to The Mainland Adventure Park right on Route 72 (you passed it on your way to LBI) attached to the Holiday Inn and the Mainland Kitchen & Pub. It has over 50 Aerial Activities: – 50 Foot Climbing Wall with 3 Climbing Routes – 4 Extended Zip Lines Soaring Over the Go Kart Track – Go Kart Track with Single and Double Seat Karts – Kids Course with Play Fort
This is the newest hot spot in the area. You may have noticed the tents as you approached LBI driving over the Causeway. There are food trucks, boat rentals, and boat slips/fuel. According to their website...Here at the Boatyard and Marina, we believe in being relaxed and casual. We have a connection with the bay, our boats, and our favorite spots. We live for glassy boat rides with our family, friends, and kids. Arrive by water or land. The Marina offers boat rentals, marina slips, and fuel. Then gather at The Boatyard for casual food and drinks, meet up with your family and friends. Play games, and enjoy a day on the bay!
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The Boatyard
2304 E Bay Ave
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This is the newest hot spot in the area. You may have noticed the tents as you approached LBI driving over the Causeway. There are food trucks, boat rentals, and boat slips/fuel. According to their website...Here at the Boatyard and Marina, we believe in being relaxed and casual. We have a connection with the bay, our boats, and our favorite spots. We live for glassy boat rides with our family, friends, and kids. Arrive by water or land. The Marina offers boat rentals, marina slips, and fuel. Then gather at The Boatyard for casual food and drinks, meet up with your family and friends. Play games, and enjoy a day on the bay!

Sightseeing

You cannot go to LBI without visiting "Old Barney" up close
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Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
208 Broadway
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You cannot go to LBI without visiting "Old Barney" up close

Concierge Services

These are local service providers who will help make your stay even more relaxing / convenient.
This post is for The Beach Crew LBI (908-377-7963 or www.thebeachcrewlbi.org). Do you hate carrying your beach chairs, cooler, umbrella, tent, towels to the beach and then have to set it all up before you can even relax? Or do you hate to have to take it all down each day after you’ve had a full day of sun & surf only to drag it back to the condo? We’ll you don’t have to anymore if you call The Beach Crew! They transport, set up and/or take down whatever you want at the beach. They also can provide food delivery services directly to your beach chair. If you really want to start your vacation in full relaxation mode, you can contact the beach crew before you arrive in LBI and they’ll bring all of your suitcases/bags/etc. into the condo. They can do the same on your check-out date - you just pack your things and they’ll carry everything down and put in your vehicle. Contact them for specific pricing. Phone number and website above. Instagram @thebeachcrewlbi
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Ship Bottom
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This post is for The Beach Crew LBI (908-377-7963 or www.thebeachcrewlbi.org). Do you hate carrying your beach chairs, cooler, umbrella, tent, towels to the beach and then have to set it all up before you can even relax? Or do you hate to have to take it all down each day after you’ve had a full day of sun & surf only to drag it back to the condo? We’ll you don’t have to anymore if you call The Beach Crew! They transport, set up and/or take down whatever you want at the beach. They also can provide food delivery services directly to your beach chair. If you really want to start your vacation in full relaxation mode, you can contact the beach crew before you arrive in LBI and they’ll bring all of your suitcases/bags/etc. into the condo. They can do the same on your check-out date - you just pack your things and they’ll carry everything down and put in your vehicle. Contact them for specific pricing. Phone number and website above. Instagram @thebeachcrewlbi