Relocating to Southern Ocean County, best reasons to live

in the Long Beach Island Region of the NJ Shore

Operating the regional chamber of commerce office, many of our incoming calls start with “We were thinking of moving to the shore, a close friend recommended we look in the LBI region”.  We cannot agree more with their friend, as an area of the shore that features bays, beaches and the beautiful Pinelands; we have the distinct pleasure of truly offering something in all budgets. Located with New York City 90 minutes to the north, Philadelphia about an hour to the west and Atlantic City a half hour to the south; our area gives plenty of options for those looking to commute, or stay engaged with major industry and entertainment hubs. 

Due to our proximity, we have been a favorite vacation spot for fishing, boating, surfing, hiking, birding, camping and overall beach living. Southern Ocean County Chamber represents a vibrant business community that includes bay front towns such as Lacey, Waretown, Barnegat, Stafford, Eagleswood, Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor; as well as our six towns located on our barrier island including Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Surf City, Ship Bottom, Long Beach Township and Beach Haven. Each municipality brings with it access to natural resources, historic sites, active school systems, and bustling shopping areas. We are serviced by great hospital systems, dedicated groups of community organizations that provide support and recreation for all ages, houses of worship, first class restaurants, unique retail, professional and home services. Though we benefit from rustic surrounding, we also have the abundance of year round expertise. 

The Jersey Shore spans approximately  130 miles (ca. 209 km), and encompasses four counties, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May. We are the southern part of Ocean County, which is the central part of the coast. As we are the gateway to the preserved Pine Barrens it has in the past shielded us from over development,  but we have grown considerably over the past two decades. If you have had the chance to visit with us in the past or are just learning about us today, we invite you to explore the area. Our visitor center is fully stocked with material that can be sent or by using the official website of the community to check out towns, businesses, and find your favorite way to plan a getaway. We always recommend working with professionals whether booking a vacation rental or purchasing a home.  For those who like to RV, check in at inns, motels or luxury hotels we have that as well. Our peak season is from May to early October, where you will find everything in full bloom bursting with business, vacationers and festivals. Our fall season also comes with the legend and lore of our historic area and plenty of Jersey Fresh harvests from land and sea. The Southern Ocean Chamber is the champion for our Shop Small movement, which takes root with all of our independently owned restaurants, lodging, and retailers which is promoted the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Our holiday season is filled with professional live performances, parades, shopping and activities, another great time to see what community may be the best fit.

As far as residences, for those looking for active adult communities, we  have options on the mainland that will offer a host of amenities. Waterfront homes, townhouse and condos dot the landscape as well as wooded lots and developments. Long Beach Island does not have developments but there are some year round activities, with each season bringing its own charm; it sees most second homeowners throughout the year.  Every town offers free summer concerts, resident dock use fees and popular pickle ball, tennis courts, dog and even skate board parks. Southern Ocean County is home to the popular rail trail, which links towns on a wooded walking and bike path following the old railroad line. Wells Mills, Tip Seaman and Barnegat Lighthouse parks add waterfront walks to your itinerary. We have county and private golf courses to improve  your game. There are many ways to learn and celebrate our coastal heritage with exhibits and the NJ Maritime Museum, LBI Historic Museum and Tuckerton Seaport. Head to the stage at Surf Light Theatre and Albert Music Hall for one of a kind performances. The quality of life here in the Long Beach Island Region is exceptional, with opportunity to raise a family or head into your next chapter. 

Lori Pepenella, CDME serves as Chief Executive Office for the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce which has been serving area businesses since 1914. She oversees the regional chamber which is the official and accredited Destination Marketing and Management organization for the LBI Region, representing almost 600 businesses on a county, state and national level. Lori proudly volunteers as Vice President of the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association, Vice Chair of the Ocean County Business & Tourism Advisory Board and as a commissioner for Ocean County Culture & Heritage. Lori has been recognized as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Woman of Achievement, Freeholder Vicari Ocean County Lifetime Achievement Award for Tourism, and Joint Base MDL Honorary Commander. Follow what is happening @southernoceanchamber and @LBIregion on Instagram and facebook

Lori Pepenella, CEO Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce 

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