Down the ShoreNeighborhoodSpotlightNew Jersey Shore PointsThingsToSeeAndDo September 27, 2023

Neighborhood Spotlight: Ship Bottom, NJ

Ship Bottom, New Jersey, is so named due to an incident that happened in 1817 with a shipwreck. Its unique name and borough were integrated into the Long Beach community of New Jersey in 1925. With a population of just over 1,300, this beach community would love to show you all it has to offer.

The Vibe

With a large variety of places to eat and shop, the vibe of Ship Bottom is that of relaxation. You can take a stroll along the beach and enjoy the nightlife with a drink and a quick bite. There is plenty to see and do while visiting Ship Bottom; you just need to know where to look.

Where to Eat and Drink

In Ship Bottom, you’ll find plenty of places to satisfy your appetite.


The Arlington This quaint little restaurant will have you raving about its unique dishes. With something for everyone on the menu, you can enjoy pan-seared salmon and crab cakes. Kids can enjoy a classic menu option of either chicken fingers or hamburgers.

Ship Bottom Shellfish This family-owned restaurant has been around since the ’70s and will draw you in with its comforting vibe. You will feel right at home with recipes passed down through generations. Their seafood is caught daily and freshly handpicked to deliver a dining experience like no other. They are open seasonally, but you can enjoy them from April through October every year.

Russo’s Italian RestaurantThis family-owned and operated restaurant will satisfy your need for pizza and pasta. They offer a wide variety of options for either big family gatherings or a simple date night. They make their pizza fresh daily with quality ingredients that will give your taste buds a treat.

The Local Market and KitchenOpen seven days a week, you will find gourmet food and coffee at the Local Market and Kitchen. You can also choose from their wide varieties of wine as you enjoy a dish of chicken and waffles. Their food is locally sourced and handcrafted for excellence.

Dune 18From salads to steak, you can enjoy fine dining and cuisine at Dune 18. It is located on Long Beach Boulevard and offers traditional dine-in or private dining reservations. You will want to sit and stay a while because the staff is friendly, and their food is exceptional.

Where to Shop

Knowing where to shop while in Ship Bottom will help you achieve all your gift-giving goals for the year.


Surf UnlimitedShip Bottom, like many other places, is a beach-going, surf-ready place to be. If you have a surfer in your life, then Surf Unlimited is the place to go for all your surfing needs. From boards to apparel and accessories, you will be ready to hit the waves in no time.

Between the SheetsThis luxury home goods store has everything you need to make your home beautiful. Having the proper interior design is crucial in designing and creating the perfect beach home. You can also pick from their luxury linens and styles to give your home a new look.

Shore Good Donuts For anyone who has a sweet tooth, stopping in at Shore Good Donuts is a must. You can get anything from donuts to ice cream, all while enjoying the view of the ocean. Their unique and delicious donuts will have you returning often to try them all.

Fisherman’s HeadquartersGoing to Ship Bottom, you can expect to get in some good fishing all along the beach. At Fisherman’s Headquarters, you will find all you need to make your day of fishing a success. From reels and rods to tackle and gear, you can check off your list in one place.

Country Corner Farm MarketCome and walk around the many vendors at the Country Corner Farm Market. You can see a wide variety of trinkets and crafts that local vendors sell. You can shop and walk while you enjoy what Ship Bottom has to offer.

Three Things You Shouldn’t Miss

While in Ship Bottom, don’t miss these stops as you’re exploring the area. 


Sand Trap Mini GolfWhen traveling with family or looking for a fun activity, Sand Trap Mini Golf should be the first stop. You can enjoy a game of mini golf, and they can accommodate people and kids of all ages. Sand Trap Mini Golf has been in business for 47 years, and its courses will show you why.

Hartland Golf and ArcadeYou can stop in for a short game of mini golf and play video games in Hartland Golf and Arcade. You can spend hours there with over 18  holes and various prizes to win in the arcade. There is something for the whole family to enjoy, and it is easy on your vacation budget.

Ship Bottom Antiques If you have anyone who enjoys antiquing, then Ship Bottom Antiques is the place to go. You can browse and shop for a variety of antiques and collectibles. With various booths and unique house decor, you can surely find something to enjoy.

Want to discover even more about Ship Bottom? Check out the borough’s website to learn about the latest happenings in the area. Have a great visit!