Welcome To Our Visitor's Guide

Hello and Welcome!

Below you will find answers to most of the questions you may have about the house as well as directions for using things like TV, Air Conditioning, Door Locks and so on. If you don’t see it here, just call or email us.

Have a great vacation!

Checking In – Door Locks

Electronic Lock
Electronic Door Lock

Checking in is easy. No keys, no lockboxes. No more wondering how many other people out there have keys. No fear that some prior tenant can come back with the same combination and get in.

Due to changes to NJ tax laws*, we can no longer email you the access codes. You will need to stop at a local Realtor’s office to “pick up” your door codes. Your group organizer will receive a unique 10-digit access code for the property. They will be able to select an easy to use 3 or 4 digit code after unlocking the property the first time. That short code will then work for the remainder of your stay. Hopefully they will share that number with the rest of your group.  All you have to do is just show up and start your vacation!

The door locks use codes pre-programmed for your specific rental period. The locks don’t rely on WiFi, bluetooth or cellular connection and work even in the event of a power failure. Your code will typically allow you access starting at 2:00pm on your check in date and stop working at 10:00am on your check out date.

If you have any trouble accessing the house, please contact us for assistance.

* The new tax laws apply an 11.625% tax to all short-term rentals in New Jersey. The law exempts transactions where the keys/codes are provided at a local Realtor’s office. While this adds an inconvenient stop to pick up the codes, we think our guests prefer that to paying hundreds of dollars more for their vacation.

Fire Emergency

In the case of a serious fire leave the house immediately and call 9-1-1. In the event of a small kitchen fire there are extinguishers on the walls in both kitchens.

Medical Care

IF YOU HAVE A TRUE MEDICAL EMERGENCY, DIAL 9-1-1.

The property address is
1508 S. Beach Ave.
Beach Haven, NJ 08008.

 

Hopefully, your vacation goes smoothly, but in the event someone in your party needs medical care, here’s where to look.

A new walk-in care facility is now open 7 days a week in Beach Haven for rashes, illnesses, etc.

Doc on the Bay
18 S. Bay Ave.
Beach Haven, NJ 08008

(609) 342-8657

In addition, Long Beach Island has an “Urgent Care Facility” in Ship Bottom (where you came onto the island).

Meridian Urgent Care
901 Long Beach Blvd.
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

(609) 361-2677

 

For more serious medical care:
Southern Ocean Medical Center
1140 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
(609) 597-6011

Electricity

Power – Should you trip a breaker and lose power in part of the house, the panels are located in the “queen bedrooms” in each unit behind the cover on the wall. Each breaker should be labeled for easy identification. Locate the correct breaker and move the switch fully to the ‘off’ position, then push it back to the ‘on’ position.  

Panel Cover
Panel located behind wall covering
Panel
Panel with labeled breakers

 

If you lose power to the entire house, please report it to:

Atlantic City Electric

1-800-833-7476

Water – Leaks & Clogs

Leaks – If there is a serious water leak, there are shutoff valves for each unit.

The upstairs water shutoff is in the maintenance closet outside at the base of the entry stairs at ground level.

Upstairs Shut-off Valve
Upstairs Shut-off Valve

The downstairs unit water shutoff is on the floor in the laundry closet right inside the front door of that unit.

Downstairs Shut-off Valve
Downstairs Shut-off Valve

If there is a lack of hot water, check the breaker in the electrical panel as noted in the “electricity” section.

Clogs – If a toilet, sink or shower will not drain, please try to clear it with the provided plunger before calling. If you are unable to unclog a drain or if water begins backing up in a shower, please call us and we will get a plumber out to service the house as quickly as possible.

Air Conditioning & Heating

Cooling

Nest Thermostat

 

Upstairs: The upstairs has central air conditioning controlled by the Nest Thermostat on the wall in the hallway. Turn the silver outer ring clockwise to turn the temperature up, counter-clockwise to turn it down. It will maintain your chosen temperature until you make another change.

 

 

 

Note: Please do not set the temperature below 68 degrees. Setting the thermostat lower does NOT make the room cool faster or the air blow colder. This only makes the compressor run non-stop and can cause it to freeze up and stop cooling altogether. You don’t want that to happen do you?

 

Mini Splits


Downstairs:
The downstairs has four “mini split” air conditioning units that are operated via the remote controls. One in the living room and one in each bedroom. All of these units work like a traditional air conditioning system: you set them to a desired temperature and let them do their thing. The units are typically in cooling mode, but if they somehow go switched simply press the mode button until it displays “cool” or a little snowflake image. The remote controls also act as the thermostats, so make sure to leave them in their holsters. They will sufficiently cool the entire floor but we recommend that you keep the bedroom doors open during the day to even out the cooling. There are also several fans in the house.

 

 

Heating

For off-season heating, the upstairs has central forced air heat controlled by the Nest Thermostat on the wall. Downstairs, the living room and twin bedroom ductless units also provide heat. In the Queen bedroom there is electric baseboard heat.  The entire downstairs also has electric baseboard heaters in each room should the ductless units not be sufficient.

 

Changing the mode (Heat/Cool)

If you are staying in the offseason and need to switch from Heating to Cooling, it is fairly simple.

 

Upstairs:

Nest Menu

 

On the Nest, simply press in on the screen until it clicks (like a big button – it is not a touchscreen)

Rotate the outer ring until the Wavy lines are highlighted in color

 

 

Nest Mode

 

Press in on the screen again

Rotate the outer ring to highlight the desired mode (Heat / Cool / Heat & Cool / Off)

Press in on the screen to select

Now, simply rotate the outer ring to your desired temperature

 

Downstairs:

Each remote is slightly different, but they all have a “mode button”. Pressing this button cycles through the different modes (heating, cooling, dehumidifier, etc). There is usually a little icon that displays a snowflake (cooling) or the sun (heating). Choose the mode and then set the temperature to your desired level.

Note: The wall unit in the queen bedroom downstairs does NOT have a heating mode. For heat in the queen bedroom you can adjust the baseboard heating using the thermostat on the wall by the bedroom door.

Bedding & Towels

Sheets, Pillowcases and Towels are NOT provided. You must bring your own or use a local service. Each bed includes a comforter and pillow(s). There are also a number of blankets in the closets.

The breakdown of bedding is as follows:
Upstairs: 1 King, 1 Queen, 4 Twin
Downstairs: 1 Queen, 4 Twin

Linen service runs about $15-20 per bed depending on size. Towel Sets (bath, hand, washcloth & beach) run about $15 per person. We have made arrangements with a local concierge service to provide linens and towels at a discounted rate. Should you decide you would like to take advantage of this service, please call:

LBI Dream Makers:
Bed linens, beach gear, cribs, strollers, bikes, etc.
www.lbidreammakers.com

908-731-1174

Baby Equipment

There are no cribs or high chairs in the house for liability reasons. You must bring your own or use a local service. Cribs are $60-80 / week, Pack & Play’s are $30-40 / week, boosters and high chairs are $10 – $40 / week. If you find yourself in need of baby gear, we recommend contacting LBI Dream Makers.

LBI Dream Makers:
Bed linens, beach gear, cribs, strollers, bikes, etc.
www.lbidreammakers.com

908-731-1174

Laundry

Both units have a full-size washer and dryer. Upstairs is a side-by-side pair with a top-load washer and electric dryer. Downstairs is a stacked pair with front load washer and gas dryer. There is also a clothesline in the back yard for hanging wet towels and swimsuits.

Dye-free, scent-free Detergent is provided for your convenience, if you like to use fabric softener you will need to provide your own.

Household Products

For your convenience, we provide liquid hand soap in each bathroom, liquid dish soap, dishwasher packs, laundry detergent, and trashbags. To get your vacation started we also provide a starter supply of paper towels (1 roll in each kitchen) and toilet paper (1 roll in each bathroom). Additional quantities and other household products (napkins, tissues, shampoo, etc) are NOT provided.  We recommend you either bring your own or be prepared to purchase them at the local grocery store or market. 

Murphy’s Market
9 S Bay Ave
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
murphysmarkets.com
(609) 492-5100

A full grocery store plus Beer, Wine & Liquor

 

If you find yourself in need of a beach chair, boogie board, replacement flip-flops or an “I love LBI T-shirt”, there are plenty of local shops.  Try these two for most of your beach essentials.

Hand’s
1300 South Long Beach Boulevard
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
(609) 492-2385

A local ‘department store’ – T-shirts, flip flops, boogie boards, etc.

Silver Sun Mall
210 N. Bay Ave
Beach Haven, NJ 08008

A cross between a 5 & 10 and department store. Beach gear, clothes, jewelry, etc.

Showers

There are 3 full bathrooms in the house. In the downstairs unit there is one full bathroom with a stand up shower, single sink and toilet. The Upstairs unit has a full bathroom on the main level with a stand up shower, single sink and toilet. On the top floor, just off the Master Bedroom, is a full bathroom with a spacious shower, two separate sinks and a toilet.

In addition, the house also has two fully enclosed outdoor showers. Both showers include a changing area to hang towels and clean clothes while you shower. After a day at the beach there is plenty of room for parents to give the little ones a good washdown to avoid bringing the beach inside!

There are also hoses by the entrance to each unit in order to rinse off your sandy feet before heading inside.

Kitchen Gear

Both kitchens are “fully equipped” with electric stovetops, ovens, microwaves, full-size refrigerator/freezers with Ice Makers, toasters, coffee makers (both Drip & Keurig), dishes, glassware, pots, pans and utensils. There is also a large propane grill in the backyard. There is a spare propane tank by the shed but please notify us if there is an empty propane tank that needs refilling.

Occasionally, some items may migrate from one unit to the other. If you can’t find something, or don’t see enough plates or glasses, we recommend checking in the other unit.

The Beach

Beach Map
Aerial View

Where is the beach? Are there lifeguards?

The nearest beach entrance is about 100 yards from the house. Turn right, walk to Iroquois Ave. and head up to the beach. The nearest lifeguard stand is between Iroquois Ave (our entrance) and Liberty Ave which is about 30 yards down the beach. The beach is typically guarded from mid-June when BHBP starts their “Limited Coverage” (which in the past included our beach). In 2018 “Limited Coverage” started on Saturday, June 16th. Full coverage of all beaches begins the last week in June. For 2019 we expect that to begin Saturday, June 22nd. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 5pm.

Holyoke Ave to the left is a popular surfing beach.

Beach Rules: Boogie Boards and floats are permitted on guarded beaches. Ball playing is permitted on the beach outside of the lifeguard flags. Kites may be flown on the beach before 10am or after 5pm only. There is NO SMOKING on the beach at any time. Alcoholic beverages are NOT PERMITTED on the beach at any time. IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ANY PERSON TO WALK ON OR DISTURB ANY DUNE AREA IN THE BOROUGH OF BEACH HAVEN. For more visit the Beach Information Page of the Borough of Beach Haven.

 

 

What about Beach Tags?

Call them Beach Tags or Beach Badges…. just make sure you have them at the beach or the checkers will get you.  Beach Badges are only required from Late June through Labor Day. In 2018 the official season started on June 23rd. For 2019 we expect it to start on June 22nd. Children under 12 and Seniors do NOT require Beach Badges. Active military and their family can get complimentary daily badges by stopping at the Centre Street Beach Badge Office.

There are four (4) Beach Tags provided for each unit (8 total for the house). You will find them hanging just inside each front door. Additional daily and weekly Badges are available from the Beach Badge office at Centre St. and the beach or from Badge Checkers on the beach.

Please make sure to return all Beach Badges before leaving. Lost Beach Badges will incur a charge of $45 each to replace.

TV, DVD & Video

Both upstairs and downstairs living rooms feature 40” Flatscreen HDTV’s and Blu-Ray DVD players. The upstairs Master Bedroom also has a 32” Vizio HDTV and DVD player. All of the TV’s have Comcast HDTV service featuring an extensive channel selection. View our current channel lineup (updated 2/13/2018). There is a Redbox DVD rental kiosk outside the 7-11 on Bay Ave between 10th & 11th streets in case you get a rainy day and need to pass a few hours.

 

We recently added auxiliary HDMI ports on the wall behind the entertainment centers in both living rooms. Now guests can bring their game console, Apple TV or other media devices and plug right in. No more fishing wires behind the TV or searching for an open HDMI port. Just plug in and go.

 

Operating the TV, DVD player or other device:

Xfinity Remote

 

This is the Xfinity Remote. It is the primary remote you will use for most operations.

 

 

 

 

 

To Watch TV: On the Xfinity Remote press the “All Power” button to turn on the TV and Cable Box. Then simply use this one remote to change channels, adjust the volume, or surf the guide.

 

 

 

To Watch a DVD: On the Xfinity Remote press the “All Power” button to turn on the TV. Use the “TV Input” Button on the bottom right of the remote to switch the input from TV to DVD.  Find the DVD player remote (it should be labeled “DVD”) and turn on the DVD player. Insert the disc and start watching.

  • There is now a Redbox for DVD rentals at the 7-11 located at 1001 N Bay Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008.

To use your Apple TV, Roku, Xbox or Playstation: Plug in your device to the power strip behind the TV console. Plug your device into the AUX HDMI port on the wall. On the Xfinity Remote press the “All Power” button to turn on the TV. Use the “TV Input” Button on the bottom right of the remote to switch the input from TV to DVD to AUX. Your content should now appear on the screen.

 

Music, Books & Games

Bluetooth Speaker

There is a Bluetooth stereo speaker in the TV console of each living room. You can use your phone, tablet or other device and enjoy your favorite music. You can connect your device via Bluetooth or by plugging in the provided headphone jack (if your phone still has one of those!). There is a large collection of books and several games and puzzles in the house. Feel free to enjoy them during your stay.

 

 

To operate the speaker system over Bluetooth:

Speaker Power

 

Press the Power button to turn on the speaker

 

 

 

BT Source

 

Press the Source button to select Bluetooth mode (indicator light will flash Blue)

 

Open Bluetooth settings on your phone or tablet and find “NS-SB216” and connect. It should connect automatically, but if you are asked for a PIN use “0000”

 

Mini Remote

 

You can control the audio volume from your device and the mini remote control

 

 

 

  • Start playing music and enjoy!

 

To operate the speaker system via headphone jack:

Speaker Power

 

Press the Power button to turn on the speaker

 

 

 

Speaker Plug

 

Plug the provided headphone jack into your device

 

 

 

Headphone Jack

 

(Assuming your device still has one of those!)

 

 

 

Headphone Source

 

Press the Source button to select RCA mode (indicator light will turn Orange)

 

 

 

Mini Remote

 

You can control the audio volume from your device and the mini remote control

 

 

 

  • Start playing music and enjoy!

 

The Internet

The house has Comcast high speed internet and great WiFi coverage in both units. The network name and password are posted on the wall in both kitchens. Please do NOT reset the router or modem. There is no “land line” telephone service in the house.

Bars, Restaurants, Shopping & Entertainment

Our local guide contains some of our favorites as well as an interactive area map with some of the area’s most popular shops, restaurants and entertainment options.

Click here for our local guide

Trash & Recycling

The trash and recycling calendars are posted in both units of the house. Trash and recycling must be placed in the appropriate cans WITH LIDS ATTACHED.

Please make sure to keep lids tightly closed on all outdoor trashcans, otherwise the birds will make a huge mess of things.

Summer Trash collection days are Mondays and Thursdays. (Off season collection is Monday’s only)

Recycling is collected on Wednesdays.

Recycling is “Single stream” meaning recyclables can be mixed in the container. The borough accepts paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass jars, metal cans.

The township will NOT collect bagged recyclables.

DO NOT PUT RECYCLABLES IN PLASTIC BAGS – This will result in a fine from the Township which will be deducted from your security deposit.

 

Cleaning

Guests are expected to “clean up” after themselves. Our cleaning service, while thorough, is not expected to clean up soda that was spilled on the table or pick up trash that was left on the floor. Cleaning supplies can be found under the sink for most basic clean-ups. There is a broom, dustpan & brush, and a Dyson cordless vacuum in the laundry closet of each unit.

To remove the vacuum from it’s dock or to place it back in the dock, see below.

Vacuum Charging

Check-out

A cleaning service is provided at the end of each rental, however guests are expected to “clean up” before leaving. Please don’t leave toothpaste in the sink and dirty dishes on the table. Make sure to empty out the refrigerator and freezer. Wipe off the counters and tables and place dirty dishes in the dishwasher and start it before leaving. Please place comforters back on all beds before leaving. Please bag all trash and place bags in the trash containers in the front corner of the property. Collect all recyclables and place in the recycling containers in the front corner of the property.

Aside from a quick clean up and taking out the trash, you don’t need to do anything else to “check out”. Your lock codes expire at 10:00 on the final day of your rental. Our cleaning service only has limited time to prepare the house for the next guests so please don’t linger past your check-out time. Before you go, please make sure all windows are closed and the Air Conditioning is shut off. Then just close the door behind you and have a safe trip home.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in our beach house and we welcome you to come back next year. If you have any suggestions, feedback or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are accepting reservations for next summer! A $300 deposit along with a signed lease secures your spot for next year.

If you had a great time, please leave a review to let other guests know!