Accommodations on Long Beach Island
In it’s earliest days, Long Beach Island was sparsely populated. Bond’s was a rustic hotel near Holgate that provided camp like accomodations.
As the population increased, Hotels such as the Parry House sprang up. Later we saw the Engleside, Hotel Baldwin and The Sunset. These were hotels furnished and staffed with Victorian comfort in mind. The visitor’s to Bonds declined as people wanted the ‘luxury’ of the newer Hotels.
The era of the ‘grand’ Victorian/Edwardian hotels had ended by the 1940’s. The Engleside was demolished. The Hotel Baldwin burned in the 1960s.
There were a number of smaller boarding houses, some of which still exist. In the 1950’s many of the new homes were built as duplexes with the idea of renting the second unit. Some smaller hotels sprang up many of which are still in business. Some of them have been converted to condos.
Today, many of the duplexes have been razed and replaced by mini mansions. Owners often rent these in season and use the homes in the fall and spring.
Air B and B has altered the rentals a bit as a change from owner rented or rentals through a real estate agent.
A major change is the resurgence of large hotels. The Hotel LBI as you come onto the island is one example. There is a controversial large hotel proposed for the old Morrison’s property in Beach Haven. One concern is traffic and the ability to safely evacuate the island in the event of a fast moving hurricane. There have been discussions for decades about adding a second bridge but it is unlikely anything will come of that.
Book your accommodations on Long Beach Island well before the season. Hotels, Motels, Inns, B&Bs, apartment rentals and house rentals fill up early.
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