WELCOME TO THE WHITE WHALE MOTEL
Most people stay at the White Whale for Barnegat Light's pristine beaches but discover we have a lot more to offer.
When you stay at the White Whale you can leave your car in our parking lot and not need to use it again until you are ready to leave. At the White Whale you can step out your door and wander the shops on Broadway or visit the Gardens and Museum at 5th & Central. You can enjoy a meal or ice cream at one of the eateries on Broadway from Kelly's to Moustache Bill's (featured on the food network). The liquor store or Kubel's Bar & Restaurant and Rick's American Cafe, all a short walk from the White Whale Motel.
Walk over to Barnegat Lighthouse State Park . View Barnegat Inlet and the nature trail then climb the steps to the top of the 175 ft. Lighthouse, New Jersey's tallest.
For serious fishing , a variety of charter and head boats are available at the four docks on Bayview Avenue from 18 th Street to 6 th Street (we are on 7th street). Many people take a stroll to the docks in the afternoon to see the boats come in. For more informal fishing and crabbing or just riding around the Bay, rent a small boat from, Van's or Bobbie's at about 9 th & Bayview (they all sell bait & tackle and know what's biting). If you have your own boat there is a public boat ramp nearby. Barnegat Light is also one of the best locations for surf fishing; you can stop at Barnegat Light Bait and Tackle and sign up for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic Fishing Tournament.
By the Post Office and Boro Hall on West 10 th are the tennis courts, playground, and ball and skateboard fields; there's another small playground at the Bay Bathing Beach at 25 th & Bayview. For a nature walk , go west on 20 th Street and take the first two rights onto Arnold then Sunset, walk through the gate on the end of Sunset and bear right - hike the mile long beach to the far end of The Dike, that vegetated strip of sand you see when you look across the bay from the White Whale.
As you turn the corner from Bayview onto 20 th , off to your right lay Viking Village and the commercial fishing dock. Viking Village is a collection of small shops in old wooden sheds dating back to when the Norwegians built the early docks in Barnegat Light. They also have craft and art shows at various times during the season. Besides the shops there are two fish markets (Cassidy's and Off the Hook), both buy their fish directly off the commercial fishing boats that call Viking Village home. Take a walk through history or even take a tour of the commercial docks. Dock tours run from July to September.
If you wish to take a ride down the island in your car the first town south of Barnegat Light is Loveladies. You will see some spectacular beach houses and on the Bay side, lies the Loveladies Foundation for the Arts and Sciences . They offer an extremely wide variety of programs, courses, shows, films, and other events. Another mile or so you will enter the town of Harvey Cedars (originally settled by New England whalers) try Harvey Cedars Shellfish Company for informal eating or the more formal Plantation. Also it is the home of the headquarters of the Long Beach Island Fishing Club which hosts the World Series of Fishing Tournament.
Starting with Surf City all the way down to Beach Haven there are too many shops and resturants to list here. Some notable attractions are the Surflight Theater at Beach & Engelside in Beach Haven and it's associated ice cream parlor with live interactive performances. If you have kids, you'll need at some point to get them down to Fantasy Island Amusement Center in Beach Haven and the adults will enjor the Schooner's Wharf area next door (also the site of the legendary Chowderfest). In your travels, enjoy sampling the shops that sporadically dot the boulevard or if thats not your thing stop and rent a jet ski or take a yoga class.
Once on Long Beach Island most people don't want to leave but if you want an "off-Island" experience we are about a 1 hour drive to: Batsto Village - a restored colonial bog-iron forge town on Rt. 542 in the Wharton State Forest. Also the Renault Winery in Little Egg Harbor. In Tuckerton, you can visit the Baymen's & Decoy Museum at the Tuckerton Seaport or visit Bel Haven Paddlesports and go canoeing on the Pine Barrens many rivers.
For more adult entertainment, take drive over to Atlantic City for gambling or shows at the casinos.
If you decide instead to spend all your time at our beautiful beaches be sure to check out our local beach events like the Sand Sculpting Contest, Skimboarding Contest and the Life Guard Races.
We hope you enjoy your stay at the White Whale.
Much of the information on this page was provided by Mike White from White's Barnegat Light Market at 16th and Central avenue.