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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Manahawkin, New_Jersey

Manahawkin, New Jersey is directly across Barnegat Bay from Long Beach Island, barrier island and summer resort on the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing, boating, and beaches on nearyby Long Beach Island are some of the finest in the world. Many people moving here are over 55, who are attracted by the many developments catering to this age group.

Where to Retire in Manahawkin and Home Prices

Manahawkin and surrounding towns have a large number of 55+ and active adult communities (see link at top left). 

According to Zillow, the median listing price of a home here was $448,857 in early 2022.

What Is Special about Manahawkin

There is plenty of water everywhere for fishing, boating, swimming; wide range of inexpensive housing opportunities for those seeking a retirement community; convenient shopping and extensive medical infrastructure; mild climate year round; Long Beach Island and wonderful beaches; a generally relaxed lifestyle

What Is Not Special about Manahawkin

• It is not a pretty town, as it is mostly dominated by busy roads and big box stores • There is lot traffic in the summer • Over development is coming • Not for people looking for great charm or high-end communities

Climate and Physical Environment

Manahawkin is in the southern New Jersey shore about 45 minutes along the Garden State Parkway north of Atlantic City. The ocean beaches do not get any better, there are many bays for boating and fishing. The Pine Barrens roll away from the ocean, which are undeveloped and pleasant. The climate is milder than the rest of inland New Jersey. Being near the ocean means warmer winters than inland.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

If you are looking for culture you should head to Atlantic City, New York, or Philadelphia,  which are each just over an hour away.


Crime rate is below average.

Medical Facilities

Manahawkin NJ and the surrounding area is loaded with medical facilities of all descriptions and types. Southern Ocean Community Hospital (Manahawkin), Community Memorial Hospital (Toms River), and Healthsouth Garden State Rehab Hosp. (Toms River).


Atlantic City Airport is about 50 minutes. Newark International Airport is 1 1/2 hours. Philadelphia Airport is about 1 1/2 hours. The Garden State Parkway bisects the town.

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