Welcome to Minerva's by the Sea Bed & Breakfast

"helping to connect beach-lovers and the ocean....
                        ..........breakfast by breakfast, since 2008"

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

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, handicapped access, and an eclectic, tantalizing library, 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, bird watchers, 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 with 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.

 Yoga anyone?
August 20 is
Last day for early-bird discounts September 13-15 retreat
Come B-R-E-A-T-H-E
with Gabrielle de Burke on
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AND/OR with
Ogden Kruger
September 29-October 1
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 summer drawing to a close,  time to plan those Fall weekends-- a quick economical dash to the ocean to enjoy the warm sunny days  Here they are, each limited to 10 participants, so book soon:    
  "Calling All Singers"
October 7-9, 2016
Novices and pros alike. Join experienced voice teacher Stacy Moscotti for two gently-priced days of choral singing, tips on voice health, four scrumptious meals, and just plain FUN!  All you need is enthusiasm for group singing.
Gourmet Weekend
October 14-16
with Chef Charles Ostergren, of Fresh Off the Hook and Black-Eyed Susans fame. Charles will use local ingredients to prepare our Saturday evening supper, right before our eyes, while he talks about wine and his New Zealand roots...This one is always a sell-out, so call soon! $255/single or $220/double occupancy gets you two breakfasts (including cheese demonstration from the Cheese Shoppe), and two suppers
November 23-27 Thanksgiving at the Ocean!! Any three days for $300/person/single ($250/double-occupancy). If you happen to be here on Thanksgiving day, turkey dinner is one of the perks, no extra charge!

 Writers' Weekend, October 21-23, 2016 is all sold out!! Let us know if we should schedule another one soon! 


LBI awaits you!

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