Welcome to the end of the earth
Ok. It’s not really the end of the earth, it just feels that way. Holgate is as unique a place as you will find in New Jersey.
It’s the 1.5-mile stretch of Long Beach Island south of Beach Haven that serves as the gateway to the Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge and Beach Haven Inlet, the protected land at the very tip of LBI. But in terms of LBI vacation rentals, Holgate is as far south as you can get.
Holgate was part of the collection of small communities that all fell under the designation of Long Beach Township before the turn of the century. It was one of the first places to be developed on, especially noted for the Long Beach House, also known as Bond’s. It is named for James Holgate, who purchased all this land in the late 1800s. Holgate was also near Tucker’s Island, home to a small resort until the entire island completely eroded away.
Today, Holgate is known as a peaceful stretch of the Island with less crowded beaches. The southern end, where development gives way to the Forsythe Refuge, is a great public parking area and beach known as the Wooden Jetty. This area is patrolled by the Long Beach Township Beach patrol, who guard the swimming areas and allow surfing and kayaks outside the flags.
Visitors to Holgate vacation rentals can take the short drive to Beach Haven for Thundering Surf, Fantasy Island, and favorite restaurants ranging from The Gables to the Chicken or the Egg and Barry’s Do Me A Flavor. Shop Bay Village or Schooner’s Wharf or dance late into the night at the Seashell and the Marlin.
Holgate is also home to Bowker’s South Beach Grill, a happening eatery and market.