Lavallette is a borough situated on the Jersey Shore, in Ocean County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2020 United States census, the borough’s population was 1,787, a decrease of 88 (−4.7%) from the 2010 census count of 1,875, which in turn had reflected a decline of 790 (−29.6%) from the 2,665 counted in the 2000 census. Lavallette is situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.
Weather: 22°C, Wind W at 3 km/h, 87% Humidity
Area code(s): 732 Exchanges: 793, 830, 854
Elevation: 3 ft (0.9 m)
Named for: Elie A. F. La Vallette
Parks and Recreation
There are nine protected ocean beaches designated for swimming as well as two on the Barnegat Bay. Four of the ocean beaches have specifically designated areas for surfing and surf-fishing. The borough offers tennis, bocce, shuffleboard, basketball and roller blading opportunities on land while Barnegat Bay provides fishing, crabbing, swimming, boating, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
There are also band concerts, fireworks, and Movies on the Bay, held at the Centennial Gazebo and Gardens located at Philadelphia Avenue and the bayfront.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 16.55 miles (26.63 km) of roadways, of which 10.77 miles (17.33 km) were maintained by the municipality, 3.30 miles (5.31 km) by Ocean County and 2.48 miles (3.99 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
New Jersey Route 35 traverses the borough, connecting the Dover Beaches South (Ortley Beach) section of Toms River Township to the south and the Toms River community of Dover Beaches North to the north.
Ocean Ride local service is provided on the OC10 Toms River Connection route.
Lavallette’s Barnegat Bay access
There are a number of different facilities that are found along the bay shoreline, which is fronted by Bay Boulevard, in Lavallette. By scrolling down this page you can find information about the swimming beaches, other recreational facilities found in the bay parks, parking, the docks, and the boat launch.
Lavallette’s bay beaches
Many people with younger children prefer the gentler bay waters and shoreline of Barnegat Bay. There are two pay-to-play bay beaches in Lavallette, both of which are guarded by lifeguards during the summer season. You do need beach badges to be there when the lifeguards are on duty, provided you are 12 or older. You can find out all about the lifeguard dates/hours of operation and also all about beach badges at the Lavallette beach webpage.
There are two stretches of bay beach located off of Bay Boulevard that are designated for swimming. One is at the end of Reese Ave and the other is at the end of Washington Ave.
Other recreational facilities along Bay Boulevard
There are plenty of playgrounds for the kids. Many of these swings and other playground equipment are found at the back of the swimming beaches. Between the two beaches there is an area that has tennis courts, basketball courts, a rollerblade hockey rink (so called, as it is simply a rectangular block of pavement – you need your own goal nets), and shuffleboard courts.
There is no on-street parking on Bay Boulevard but you can park on many of the streets that connect to it. There are parking lots adjacent to some of the bay recreational facilities. All of these lots require a parking decal to use them. Car stickers are $10 and can be purchased at the beach badge office (next to the police station). This parking sticker system is enforced from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Where to dine out , pick up some take out, or stock up the refrigerator.
Besides relaxing on the beach, eating well is another part of enjoying your vacation in Lavallette. You can go out to dinner, grab some takeout, or visit a local grocery store without having to go far from where ever you are staying in Lavallatte. You can also find other options by venturing into Ortley Beach, Seaside Heights, or by driving a bit further and visiting Tom’s River.
Lavallette’s restaurants and eateries
These establishments offer a variety of meal choices. You can find places to have a sit down meal, pick up some take out, or call out for delivery.
The Bayside Café
Reese Ave and Bay Boulevard
Beach Bum Bagels
607 Grand Central Ave
Bagels and deli.
The Blue Water Grill
65 Grand Central Ave.
Grand Central and Brynmawr Avenue
Full service restaurant.
The Crab’s Claw Inn
601 Grand Central Avenue
Full service seafood restaurant. Lunch and Dinner.
Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins
604 Grand Central Ave
1506 Grand Central Ave
1407 Grand Central and Brooklyn Ave
Breakfast and lunch, coffee drinks, and more.
Brynmawr and Grand Central Avenue
Lavallette Pizza & Ristorante
1702 Grand Central Avenue
Lenny’s Pizza and Restaurant
406 Grand Central Avenue
Italian cuisine. Dining room, take out, and delivery.
80 Grand Central Ave.
Haddonfield and Grand Central Avenue
Deli serving subs, steak sandwiches, and Italian hot dogs.
604 Grand Central Ave
The Oven Italian Restaurant and Pizza
1907 Grand Central Avenue
Italian food, subs, and pizza. Wait service and take out.
Ice cream and other sweets
The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe
2305 Grand Central Ave
An Ice cream shop like none other you have ever visited!.
604 Grand Central Ave
Iceberg Ice Cream
403 Grand Central Avenue
Ice cream shop.
Lavallette Ice Cream
64 Grand Central Ave
732 – 830 – 9660.
Ice cream shop.
1901 Grand Central Avenue
Ice cream, luncheonette, and gift shop.
507-B Grand Central Ave
Lavallette Grocery and Liquor Stores
Route 35 South, just past Eisenhower Ave, in the A&P Plaza.
Big Ed’s Produce
103 Grand Central Ave.
Fresh and market produce.
Cornerstone Wine and Liquors
1401 Grand Central Avenue
66 Grand Central Ave. (Brynmawr & Grand Central Ave.)