About Us

About Us

 Margate is the best of everything the Jersey Shore has to offer!  It is a community of beautiful beaches and dramatic bay views. Margate is perfect for those who want to enjoy a small town lifestyle with access to big city nightlife. Its sense of community shines through its stunning mix of new homes and those which have stood along the tree and fountain-lined streets for over 100 years. Margate boasts numerous places to worship, shop and play; including a tree-lined walkable business district filled with restaurants, cafes and boutique shops offering a variety of eclectic wares and mouth-watering flavor profiles.

Our waterfront boasts some of the most stunning sunsets along the Jersey Shore and there are many draws for those who enjoy watersports, including paddle-boarding, jet skiing, fishing and boating. After a day on the water, enjoy a meal on the waterfront at one of our many restaurants which feature fare from casual to meals that will satisfy the most select palate.

Margate has many opportunities for the vacationer looking to be in the middle of everything.  After you have seen our National Historic Landmark, the famed Lucy the Elephant, join the nature lovers birdwatching in the nearby marsh areas or travel to our neighboring communities like Atlantic City where the opportunities for date night include comedy shows, concerts and casinos. Margate hosts the largest beach party at the Jersey Shore every summer, Beachstock.


Margate on the Map

The City of Margate is located on Absecon Island and is approximately 1.50 miles long and 1.0 miles at its widest point. It is bordered by Ventnor City to the Northeast and Longport Borough to the Southwest, with the Atlantic Ocean to the East and Beach Thoroughfare (the "Bay") to the West.

The streets that border Margate are Fredericksburg Avenue on the Ventnor side, and Coolidge Avenue on the Longport side. The majority of the streets in Margate run in alphabetical order beginning with Argyle Avenue and ending with Washington Avenue heading toward Longport. After Washington Avenue the streets are named for Presidents.

A little bit of History

Margate City has a long and rich history. Originally known as South Atlantic City, in 1869 the State Legislature paved the way for Margate to be chartered as a municipality.

The extension of a railroad line through the City and the building of a restaurant-hotel in 1881 in the shape of an elephant named "Lucy" began to shape the growth of Margate. To learn more about the history of the City of Margate, contact the Margate Historical Society at 609.823.6546, or read about our history on the Margate Library web page Click Here