Windward at the Beach
What We Love
- Spend post-beach evenings unwinding on the large, shared wraparound porch
- The hotel is just 200 steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, so it’s easy to run back for provisions
- The hotel’s patio has grills available for guests to use; unwind post-beach by throwing some dogs or patties on the barbecue
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- All rooms come with small refrigerators and microwaves, ideal for beach provisions
- Request studio number 10 for some of the best views: Bicentennial Park is to the north, the sunset to the west, and the ocean to the east
- Free WiFi
This eclectic 10-room boutique hotel on Long Beach Island has all the Jersey Shore perks — beach access, fine white sand — without the party crowd you find elsewhere along the state’s shoreline. Settle into one of the studios, which are outfitted with microwaves and mini-fridges (perfect for stashing beach snacks and drinks), or upgrade to a Two-Room Suite; the spacious digs sleep up to six and feature full-size kitchens. The decor throughout the property is decidedly beachy — aqua and orange linens, whitewashed patio furniture, fresh flowers — but each room has its own distinct style. You’ll find surf art and partial ocean views in Rooms Six and Seven, and earth tones with pops of red in Four. No need to do all your cooking in your in-room kitchen, either. The hotel’s patio has grills available for guests to use; unwind post-beach by grilling your dinner and curling up with a book on the enclosed wraparound porch.
In the Area
Long Beach Island’s 18 miles of fine white sand are just 200 steps from Windward at the Beach, making it easy to run back to the hotel for provisions (and bathroom breaks). Active types can arrange a surfing lesson through South End Surf ’n’ Paddle; lessons take advantage of both the bay and the ocean, giving newbies a chance to get their bearings on flat water before catching that first break. Or you can rent a jet ski or kayak from Polly’s Dock and cruise all the way around the island. For a kitschy break from the beach, head to Fantasy Island Amusement Park (which has an elaborate turn-of-the-century-style carousel) or book a sunset cruise aboard the Black Pearl. The pirate ship sails around Little Egg Harbor for an hour — and it’s fully stocked with grog.
How to Get There
This was my first time in LBI, and I had a great time. The Windward was located right next to the beach! The only problem was parking. The room was nice, I just wish the bathroom was a little bigger! The staff was wonderful, I left something behind in the room, and they called us immediately.
This is a great location and the people are SO NICE! But for nearly $500 per night we had an ancient window air conditioner that made it too loud to talk or sleep. This is a $200 fix that should happen stat.
Had a wonderful time here this week! GREAT location, 1 block from beach and 1-2 short blocks to all kinds of shops and really good restaurants. Owners have done some beautiful renovations and have thought of every detail. Place has a casual, contemporary beach vibe and place is immaculate and well-run. Try it, you’ll love it!
Our family really enjoyed Windward for a couple days. Our room had everything we needed and more space than a typical hotel or B&B. It seemed each room had a difference decor and set up. Like a B&B but without breakfast (although they offered coffee in the morning). We enjoyed the enclosed porch- our kids would play the board games and read the books to keep busy during down time. We used their beach chairs and umbrellas on the beach which was a very short walk from the hotel. When we got back we rinsed the sand off in the outdoor showers and hung out wet suits and towels on their clothes line.
Once we parked our car we walked all weekend. The beach, restaurants, ice cream, mini golf and amusements are within walking distance. Loved the location.
The staff was so helpful and kind. We really enjoyed he hospitality and would love to return!
I cannot comment on this locations amenities or services as I never made it there as scheduled but paid for the room. ...on May 28th I received news that a member of my household had a re-occurrence of a terminal illness.. I reached out to see what my options were for my upcoming stay the weekend of June 1st. and offered to provide medical proof. I was told sorry for my prognosis but they would be standing behind their corporate policy of no refunds..but I was asking for options not refund. after several email exchanges it was apparent that compassion for this situation was futile and was again being reminded of the decision they made to not use judgement and apply the policy no matter what the case and to let me know if I wished to cancel.. .. It was explained being a small location they might not be able to fill the room with such short notice.. the location was at full capacity for the days I would have been there . so my room would have been the only "empty" one.... In desperation I gave the room to a friend ,not asking them for reimbursement. I certainly didn't want Windward have the chance to re rent my already paid for room and make double the $$. I chalked up my loss to lesson learned.. you have my money but will never get my business. Thank you for asking for my review as added insult to injury.