Welcome to

Minerva's by the Sea

 Bed & Breakfast 

        13  West  Seventh  Street     Barnegat Light, NJ 08006



In 2018, entering our SECOND DECADE of offering superb hospitality and legendary bed & breakfasts on LBI, Minerva's is on a dual mission:

  • to entice our old friends to return to Barnegat Light's expansive, unspoiled beaches, intriguing shops and eating spots
  • and to attract some new friends to discover us

Start Your Day Right With Minerva's Gourmet Breakfast

At breakfast--(which is geared to respond to your dietary needs, e.g., gluten-free, dairy free, vegan, etc.)--you can spark up conversation with the staff and/or Minervas' other guests about things that matter to you. You can also choose a quiet and intimate spot on the deck to read the morning paper (the Sunday New York Times is waiting by the coffeepot!).

After breakfast, the clean, expansive, uncrowded beaches, the lighthouse, and Barnegat Light's array of shops and eateries await you--or maybe you'll retreat to Minerva's library or garden, or to the perpetual jigsaw puzzle in the lobby, or to the exquisite privacy of your spacious and tranquil room (each of our five units has a renovated bath; no two units have adjoining walls; and two units have private decks!)

What's unique about us?              

*****  Watch the changing right-hand column>>>>>>>>>>>>>
for our specials and
periodic small-group, budget-friendly "theme" weekends for yoga enthusiasts, writers and book-lovers, nature-lovers, music-lovers, food-lovers, or other "special" interests. (And let us welcome  your group or office gathering, featuring our gourmet breakfasts and suppers to make for a relaxing NJ Bed & Breakfast getaway or retreat. Ask about our special rates for group events.)

A Bed and Breakfast Spot the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

Looking for unique, family-friendly shore lodging that is neither a hotel nor a motel? Minerva's by the Sea is one of only two New Jersey bed & breakfasts at the north end of Long Beach Island. We are the only Barnegat Light lodging that is open all year!  A sleek, modern venue with uncluttered lines, squeaky-cleanliness,  and a sunny living room with an eclectic, tantalizing library, Minerva's  Bed & Breakfast's informal and whimsical decor offers guest-centered hospitality. Our New Jersey Bed and Breakfast welcomes international visitors, national and regional guests, weekend retreats and workshops, and that "extra company" that won't fit into local homeowners' guest quarters.

(Click here to take a peek inside Minerva's!)

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Located at the northern tip of New Jersey's Long Beach Island, in the shadow of Old Barney, one of our state'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.

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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

How come the name 'Minerva'?

Minerva's by the Sea Bed and Breakfast NJ is named for the beloved matriarch of the family  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 New Jersey bed and breakfast!

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             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.

Click here for a look at the inside of Minerva's
Feeling blue as you look at the gray skies? Why not plan to come to
Minerva's last three weekend special getaways in 2018!
(You'll have to wait til Spring 2019 for the next ones!)

2) November 9-11 GOURMET WEEKEND****  featuring world-class chef Charles Ostergren,  Licensed Dietitian Ali Huber, and artisan cheeses from Surf City's renowned Cheese Shoppe. Includes lodging, four meals, and a private supper prepared before your eyes by the head chef at Harvey Cedars' renowned Black-Eyed Susans restaurant , all-inclusive for as little as $180/person*!  JUST ONE ROOM LEFT!

3) November 16-18:  Writers-All Weekend Workshop

      featuring Jeremy Abbate of Scientific American Magazine

for as little as $210/person. ONE ROOM LEFT!

Be sure to ask us about our  >>>>"FREQUENT-BEACHER" AND >>>>>>>"SUMMER RAIN INSURANCE" POLICIES

        Please peruse our website, then give us a call or email us, because we'd like to talk with you when you make your reservation, to assure a good fit between what we are, and what you seek! We  look forward to welcoming you and your family when you come for your visit to Barnegat Light! Our motto is: "A gracious and respectful welcome. To everyone. Every time." (Click here to take a peek inside Minerva's!)

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