Island Heights - The Shore's best kept secret.
It is not surprising that everyone who visits Island Heights is captivated by it's unique mix of beautiful seaside scenery and historical architecture. To say the least, the Island is picturesque. What sets Island Heights aside from other historic shore side towns is its abnormally high elevation and the views they provide. Sunrises on the eastern shore's can only be matched by the sunsets on the western shores.
Island Heights is a Borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 1,751. Incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 6, 1887, from portions of Dover Township (now Toms River Township), based on the results of a referendum held on November 18, 1886.
Toms River is about four miles long and from one-half to a mile wide. The average depth in the channel is from five to six feet. It flows past the entire length of the island on which Island Heights is built. Every variety of boating and sailing may be seen dotting its surface. This is the most beautiful sheet of water along the New Jersey coast- it is the paradise of children and the delight of men and women.
In the early 1920's, a pavilion was built at the Central Avenue public dock. From here residents could watch the boat races and other activities taking place on the Toms River. It is still a popular gathering place on warm summer evenings for residents and visitors.
The Island Heights Yacht Club
The Yacht Club is located on the waterfront of Central Avenue. It is an active organization both in town and in the Barnegat Bay Yacht Racing Association. The members sponsor sailing courses for children and adults of all ages from Island Heights as well as surrounding communities. The high bluff just to the right of the pavilion; it is said to be the highest point on the New Jersey coast south of Atlantic Highlands.