Deal is known for its breathtaking homes, both traditional and ultra modern, on spacious lots landscaped to perfection. Access to its beach is via one of two clubs. There's a modest shopping area along Norwood Avenue.
W. Stanley Conover Pavilion
Cost: A daily badge is $6 weekdays, $7 weekends and holidays. A season badge is $125. The locker fee -- $140 for the season -- includes a season badge. Children under 12 are admitted to the beach free. Bathhouses are already taken for the season.
Free parking is available in lots and on the streets.
Lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends beginning Memorial Day weekend; starting in June 18, lifeguards will be on duty daily through Labor Day.
The pavilion, at the ocean and Phillips Avenue, is open to the public. It has showers and changing rooms, as well as a snack bar, tables and chairs, a deck and covered porch and volleyball nets.
Bathers include a variety of age groups and come from the borough as well as from out of town; there are summer residents and day-trippers on the sands. The private Deal Casino is for members only.
For more information, visit the borough's Web site at www.dealborough.com or call (732) 531-1454 or, after Memorial Day weekend, the direct beach line at (732) 531-0404.
Location: Deal is on the Atlantic Ocean, with Long Branch to the north, Ocean Township to the west and Allenhurst to the south.
Size: 1.2 square miles
The two beach clubs in Deal are the Deal Casino and the Stanly Conover Pavilion (earlier called Phillips Avenue Beach).
Conover Pavilion, at the foot of Phillips Avenue, is open to the public, has free parking, lockers, dressing facilities, showers, a snack bar, and lifeguards.
Its staff can be reached in the summer at (732) 531-0404.
Deal Casino Bathing Club is at Ocean and Brighton avenues and is open to Deal property owners, residents, and their guests.
Some shops and dining establishments are along Norwood Avenue, but the borough is predominantly residential.
The Ruth Hyman Jewish Community Center, 100 Grant Ave., hosts a variety of programs, musical events and art shows. For more information, call (732) 531-9100.<!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><!--[endif]-->
Deal was founded in 1898, and named after the town of Deal in England, which is considered the borough's sister town across the sea.
The Deal School was built in 1953 and the borough and its historical society helped sponsor a school reunion in 2003, which attracted more than 400 students, retired teachers and administrators.
Just in case
Nearest hospital: Monmouth Medical Center, 300 Second Ave., Long Branch, (732) 222-5200. In an emergency, dial 911