Loveladies is a neighborhood and unincorporated community located in the northernmost portion of Long Beach Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. The area is on Long Beach Island, between Barnegat Light and Harvey Cedars.
In 1871, a location of the United States Life-Saving Service was established in the area. There was a small, 10-acre (40,000 m2) island in the bay adjacent to the station which was owned by a man named Thomas Lovelady. The area was called Lovelady’s, which eventually evolved to Loveladies. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.
Loveladies is home to the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, established in 1948 by artist Boris Blai. The organization provides arts, science and recreation programs to area residents and visitors. The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences offers an After School Arts Education Program to area schools, an Artists Residency and Retreat Program for New Jersey Artists, Visiting Artists in Ceramics during the summer season, and ceramics scholarships and residency opportunities.
During the summer months, frequent episodes of high humidity occur. Occasionally, heat index values exceed 95°F (35°C). During most summer afternoons, a sea breeze dominates the coastline keeping high temperatures several degrees cooler compared to areas farther inland. During most nights, relatively mild ocean waters keep the coastline several degrees warmer than areas farther inland. During the winter months, wind chill values occasionally fall below 0°F (-18°C). On average, the snowiest month of the year is February which corresponds with the annual peak for nor’easter activity.