This upcoming weekend marks the unofficial start to summer in the Garden State. It also marks the opening of cash boxes at beaches along the Jersey Shore looking to grab some of your dough before you step on the sand.

Here are the daily and seasonal badge prices for some of New Jersey's most popular beaches, according to the municipalities' web sites.

Asbury Park

  • Daily - $5 weekdays, $7 weekends
  • Seasonal - $70 regular, $20 for senior citizens and ages 13-17

Avalon

  • Daily - $6
  • Weekly - $12
  • Seasonal - $22 through May 31, $27 after

Beach Haven

  • Daily - $5
  • Weekly - $20
  • Seasonal - $40

Belmar

  • Daily - $8
  • Seasonal - $55 regular, $15 for senior citizens and disabled individuals

Bradley Beach

  • Daily - $8.50
  • Seasonal - $70 regular, $30 for senior citizens, $25 for ages 13-15

Brigantine

  • Daily - $8
  • Weekly - $14
  • Seasonal - $15 through May, $18 starting June 1

Cape May

  • Daily - $6
  • Three-day - $12
  • Weekly - $18
  • Seasonal - $28

Lavallette

  • Daily - $8
  • Weekly - $25
  • Seasonal - $35 through June 13, $40 after

Long Branch (only seasonal info listed online)

  • Seasonal - $45 for ages 18-61, $30 for ages 14-17

Manasquan (listed as preseason prices)

  • Daily - $9
  • Seasonal - $80 regular, $25 for senior citizens, $35 for ages 12-16

Ortley Beach

  • Daily - $7 weekdays, $8 weekends and holidays
  • Weekly - $20
  • Seasonal - $25

Point Pleasant Beach (Jenkinson's)

  • Daily - $9 weekdays, $10 weekends
  • Seasonal - $90 regular, $65 for senior citizens

Seaside Heights

  • Daily - $7 weekdays, $8 weekends and holidays
  • Seasonal - $55 regular, $10 for senior citizens

Seaside Park

  • Daily - $10
  • Weekly - $35
  • Seasonal - $55, $35 for senior citizens

Spring Lake

  • Daily - $10
  • Seasonal - $105 regular, $75 for senior citizens

Surf City

  • Daily - $7
  • Weekly - $18
  • Seasonal - $35

Atlantic City, Strathmere and the Wildwoods offer free access to the beach.

Many towns have had seasonal beach badge sales going on since winter, promoting them as a unique stocking stuffer during the holidays. Some have introduced smartphone apps devoted to preseason purchases.

Many beaches offer free admission to active members of the military and their families.

Contact reporter Dino Flammia at Dino.Flammia@townsquaremedia.com

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