"a warm and respectful welcome, to everyone, every time"

Welcome to Minerva's by the Sea Bed & Breakfast

              13 West Seventh Street ******Barnegat Light, NJ 08006

   ....just a few steps from "Ol' Barney"--New Jersey's iconic lighthouse


"helping to connect beach-lovers and the ocean....
                        ..........breakfast-by-yummy breakfast, since 2008, we offer a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful welcome to everyone, every time"

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for our specials and
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. We are the only Barnegat Light lodging that is open all year!  A sleek, modern venue with uncluttered lines, handicapped access, squeaky-cleanliness, 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.


calling you?


Time to think about your Fall getaway?
.........Only five seats left for


              TENTH ANNUAL

                    GOURMET  WEEKEND

    Food-Wine-Fun-Health tips!

                  OCTOBER 6-8

__Call us to book your space: 2 breakfasts, 2 suppers, and lodging, for as little as  $215/person!

Chef Charles Ostergren from Black-Eyed Susans restaurant will create Saturday supper before your hungry eyes!


Then November 3-5

 Writers  All:

Novices & Pros

Fall Writers' Workshop

Stay tuned or call for info!