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The Laid-Back Luxuries of LBI

Though LBI is perfect for families, it doesn't mean that kids have all the fun... We have activities for adults to enjoy like fishing and cruises, outdoor concerts and festivals, plus the best seafood restaurants you can find. Soak up the sun in the daytime and wind down at the beach bar. End your night with a dip in the hot tub, because grownups should enjoy themselves on vacation, too.

“This is the place to come if you just want to relax.”

About two miles removed from the bustle, the Spray Beach Hotel has a slightly more laid-back attitude; its palm-tree-bedecked tiki bar is a short stroll from the beach. Order a drink, but not just any drink. Ron Dudonis, the hotel’s operations manager, makes 5 or 6 gallons daily of what he calls his “renowned bloody Marys.” The cocktail is a Spray Beach favorite. Dudonis has been making them here for 40 years, never once sharing his secret recipe.

“If I told you, I’d have to kill you,” he says. Naturally.

Bill O’Donnell and Walter Lee, friends who live in Wayne and spend a week on LBI with their families each summer, rendezvoused under the tiki bar’s blue-striped awning last summer for happy hour. “This is the place to come if you just want to relax,” said O’Donnell.

The two friends drank beers and discussed a return for Sunday brunch—when a Dudonis bloody Mary would seem compulsory.