Welcome to Minerva's by the Sea Bed & Breakfast

Scroll down the right column for  discounts and specials.

*****  Watch for our periodic budget-friendly "theme" weekends for yoga enthusiasts, writers, family-history buffs, nature-lovers, food-lovers, or other "special" interests. Small group, gourmet breakfasts/suppers for a relaxing getaway.

We're open  year-round

Looking for unique shore lodging that is neither a hotel nor a motel? Minerva's by the Sea is one of only two B&B's at the north end of LBI. And we are the only Barnegat Light lodging that is open all year!  A sleek, modern venue with uncluttered lines and handicapped access, Minerva's informal and whimsical decor offers guest-centered hospitality. We welcome international visitors, national/regional guests, weekend retreats/workshops, and that "extra company" that won't fit into local homeowners' guest quarters.

Located at the northern tip of New Jersey's Long Beach Island, in the shadow of Old Barney, one of New Jersey's tallest lighthouses, Minerva's . . . By the Sea is beautifully situated in the unspoiled, un-commercial, and often un-crowded sector of this wonderful barrier island on the Jersey Shore. Enjoy expanses of clean beach, tasteful shopping areas, and a variety of restaurants.


For many decades, Barnegat Light, a supplier to fish-lovers all over the world, has also been a favorite haunt of various crafts-people, writers, and musicians. Now we hope to entice you here with comfortable  rooms, warm hospitality, delicious food — and of course the proximity to the healing qualities of the sea.

Please peruse our website, then give us a call, because we'd like to talk to you when you make your reservation. We'll also look forward to welcoming you and your family when you come for your visit to Barnegat Light and Long Beach Island! Our motto is: "A gracious and respectful welcome. To everyone. Every time."

How come the name 'Minerva'?

Minerva's by the Sea is named for a beloved matriarch of the family business that owns and operates Minerva's. We chose this name also because there is historical symbolism:

Minerva was a mythical ancient Roman goddess. Because her specialties include wisdom and trade, she is often used as a ship's masthead. But Minerva — grand-daughter of Oceanus, born of the sea, daughter of the powerful Jupiter — was also the goddess of medicine and healing, and of crafts, poetry, and music.

Thus Minerva has the perfect credentials to be the muse of a fishing-village bed and breakfast!


             Minerva's by the Sea is named for Minerva Jenkins Jones, who vacationed in Barnegat Light every summer for the last quarter-century of her 92 years. She was the mother of proprietor Emma Lapsansky.

Minerva Jenkins Jones, 1908-2000, in whose honor Minerva's by the Sea is named, loved LBI, and vacationed here every summer for the last three decades of her life.
Hey, Bird Watchers! Greetings, Super-Bowl Shoppers!!
Hello Yoga enthusiasts!!!
Check out Minerva's
Spring Specials below!

Birders, mark your calendars:

March 27-29, 2015  and April 17-19, 2015
​Come join an Audobon Society guide for birding walks and conversation.
Bring you binocs, your cameras, your photos to share!
Special rate includes:
    *** lodging Fri and Sat
    *** breakfast on Sat and Sun
  **** PLUS Friday and Sat nite supper!
All for $270/person (single); $200/person (double); $140/person (triple)
Limited to 10 participants , so call us soon to reserve your space.

*** And don't forget the
Super-Bowl Shopping Spree Special!
Fri, Jan 30 + Sat Jan 31  OR Sat Jan 31 + Sun Feb 1
    .....Wildflowers by the Lighthouse is having its annual Super Bowl Sale, so you can stay at Minerva's, watch the game, and walk around the corner and              SHOP! All rooms $129/nite, so call now to snag your favorite room!
And TWO upcoming yoga weekends:
May 1-3 with
          Meet Ogden Kruger



LBI awaits you!

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