The Barnegat Lighthouse perfects the picturesque coast on Long Beach Island in New Jersey.

Just minutes from the beach, Barnegat, New Jersey, is a historic town with picturesque charm and active adult appeal. This beautiful location is well placed for an East Coast retirement that includes easy access to many shops, restaurants, and outdoor recreation. It's also very close to exciting attractions in New York, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City.

Barnegat Township is located in Ocean County along the shores of the Barnegat Bay, between Manahawkin and Waretown. Its small-town charm appeals to many active adults who want a quiet retirement, yet its location also puts residents within 30 minutes of Atlantic City and just 90 minutes from both New York City and Philadelphia. Closer to home, neighboring towns include well-known destinations like Toms River and Little Egg Harbor.

The Barnegat area features a four-season climate with distinct changes throughout the year. However, the influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean tends to make summers cooler and winters milder than in other parts of Southern New Jersey. Average daytime temperatures in the summers are typically in the mid-80s, while temperatures on winter days usually stay in the low to mid-40s.

Nature lovers enjoy the beauty of the Barnegat area, especially when visiting the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Those who love the water can enjoy many recreations, such as fishing, boating, crabbing, and swimming, on the Barnegat Bay and along the beaches of Long Beach Island. Barnegat’s own historic town center features local antique shops, museums, and a boardwalk for fishing and crabbing. The town also has a public dock and marinas with boat ramps.

Heritage Point is a new 55+ community in Barnegat offering resort-style living with 2 clubhouses.

Heritage Point is a 55+ community in Barnegat offering resort-style living with 2 clubhouses.

Only 15 minutes from Barnegat, Tuckerton Seaport is a 40-acre site which includes over a dozen historic and recreated buildings, a boardwalk and nature trails. The attraction includes shopping, dining, museums, and historic homes. History buffs may also enjoy a trip to the Barnegat Lighthouse which was built in 1834. Today the area includes museums and a state park.

Active adults who want to relocate to the Barnegat area will find age-restricted communities in a range of sizes and styles. Four Seasons at Mirage is a large, gated community which includes about 1,200 single-family homes and a spacious clubhouse with an exciting line-up of social and recreational activities. The area also includes smaller, more intimate communities, such as Heritage Bay at Barnegat and Horizons at Barnegat, which each offer their own on-site amenities.

Although the area has many well-established communities, there are some developments where active adults can find new construction homes as well. Opened in 2003, Heritage Point features two spacious amenity centers, a wide variety of social clubs, and many outdoor recreations. Upon completion, Heritage Point is expected to contain about 900 single-family homes.

Offering small-town charm and close proximity to urban attractions, Barnegat Township provides a great East Coast retirement destination for active adults looking to settle in New Jersey’s popular Ocean County.