The Jersey Shore
The Stuff That
Dream Vacations Are Made Of...
The legendary Jersey
Shore attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who
enjoy the surf, sand, sun, the endless water activities, the
fabled boardwalks and all the attractions that make a trip "down
the Shore" a more than worthwhile and fun experience. Find
out for yourself why the Jersey Shore is the ultimate summer
Located on the Coast of Monmouth County, New
Jersey, this blooming beach community pays homage to the past
through well-maintained, stately 19th century homes. Glorious
beaches and residential neighborhoods give Allenhurst a unique
A rock Mecca of the 1970s and 1980s,
this seaside town is enjoying a cultural renaissance. Asbury
Park is an architectural paradise lined with a rich inventory
of Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic, Federal Revival and Modern structures.
This family-friendly community is recognized for hosting many
fun and entertaining events at Convention Hall, the centerpiece
of their magnificent New Jersey boardwalk.
Today, Atlantic City, New Jersey, is one of the
worlds most favorite destinations. Atlantic City is famous
for its magnetic appeal of bright lights, world-class casino
gaming, brand name restaurants and star-studded entertainment.
Its no wonder Charles Darrow chose Atlantic City as the
setting for his prized game of Monopoly. Atlantic City hosts
the worlds first and longest Boardwalk, as well as hotels,
shopping venues, salt-water taffy and rolling chairs that make
a trip to Atlantic City's beach a pleasure any time of the year.
The exciting night scene adds more flavor and fun to the city's
energetic and sizzling reputation with the opening of new restaurants
and nightclubs in the Borgata Casino Hotel & Spa, Tropicana
Casino & Resort and the House of Blues in the Showboat. Also,
The Pier at Caesars is transforming Atlantic City's historic
New Jersey boardwalk into a world-recognized shopping, dining
and entertainment landmarks in America.
This picturesque town is one of the quieter New
Jersey beachfront communities along the Atlantic Coast. Situated
on "Seven Mile Beach Island," the drive from Avalon
through Stone Harbor and on to Wildwood is breathtaking. After
a long day of rest and relaxation, head twenty minutes south
to the Wildwood Boardwalk, or drive thirty minutes north to Atlantic
City for even more excitement. Escape to Avalon and enjoy this
chic seashores gentle surf, natural dunes and wide ocean
Avon-by-the-Sea is a four season, New Jersey
Victorian beach community surrounded by three different bodies
of water. To the north is Sylvan Lake, the quiet home of Avon-by-the-Seas
famous swans. Head to the southern border of town to the Shark
River inlet, where drawbridges and processions of boats come
and go all day long. And of course to the east is the mighty
Atlantic Ocean, home of the finest rolling surf, soaring gulls
and gentle sea breezes on the East Coast.
At the northern tip of Long Beach Island is Barnegat
Light, home of the Barnegat Lighthouse, the second tallest in
the country. Used as a lookout during WWI, this silent sentinel
of the sea remains a testament to the innovative architecture
and craftsmanship that contributes greatly to New Jerseys
maritime history. Barnegat Lights recreational fishing
can keep you entertained for hours. If you prefer dry land travel,
browse among the quaint shops of Viking Village and enjoy the
quaint, historic charm of this seaside town.
This attractive, charming New Jersey town is
lined with well-kept Victorian homes and cozy bed and breakfast
inns, all within walking distance of Bay Heads quiet beaches.
Ideal for walkers, the boutiques, antique shops and beautiful
ocean beaches enhance Bay Heads reputation as the ideal
laid-back village by the sea.
Founded in 1874, Beach Haven is a popular Jersey
destination on Long Beach Island; filled with restored Victorian
homes and numerous bed and breakfast inns. Fantasy Island Amusement
Park or nearby Thundering Surf Water Park provide plenty of family
fun. Enjoy fresh seafood at one of the many upscale ocean view
restaurants, or stroll through the boutiques at Bay Village and
This four-season resort New Jersey town has been
a draw for young families and singles for generations. The mile-long
boardwalk stretches from first to twentieth avenues and the oceanfront
boasts Taylor Pavilion and Huisman Gazebo, the focal point for
many shows and events. More than 100,000 seafood lovers gather
in Belmar every year at the New Jersey Seafood Festival, a culinary
celebration of seafood and fun.
Hit the waves at Bradley Beach, home to some
of the best surfing in the state of New Jersey. This family-oriented
town has a mile-long boardwalk ideal for a lazy stroll or an
energizing jog. Bradley Beach offers ideal conditions for swimming
and scuba diving.
Brick Townships ocean beach enjoys a location
convenient to all of the best attractions in Ocean County. With
three pristine beaches commonly referred to as Beaches I, II
and III just off Route 35, Brick Township, New Jersey has been
a family favorite for decades. Travel along the northbound side
of Route 35 to find a handful of small, specialty shops and various
places to grab a quick lunch or meal. Miniature golf, playgrounds
and tennis courts can be found in the "middle" blocks,
snug between the ocean and bay.
Brigantine captures the best of the Jersey Shore
with its wide coastal shoreline, brimming with beautiful inlets,
bays and coves. Board a boat in search of dolphins and whales,
or stay inland and visit the Sea Life Museum or Brigantine Wildlife
Refuge, full of auto and hiking trails throughout 20,000 acres
of wetlands. Explore the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a private,
non-profit organization that works to rescue and rehabilitate
marine mammals and sea turtles for eventual re-release into the
wild. Nearby Atlantic City provides casino gaming and nightlife
Discover a place where hospitality and charm are
always in style. Yesterday meets today along the historic streets
of Cape May, the oldest and most beloved seashore town on the
East Coast. Its commonly referred to as the Restaurant
Capital of New Jersey for its diverse fine dining experiences.
Seafood is a popular menu favorite because Cape May ranks first
on the East Coast in commercial seafood landings. Virtually every
street in the center of town is lined with ornate Victorian homes
and quaint bed and breakfast inns,
Cape May Point
At New Jersey's southernmost point, the atmosphere
of Cape May Point is quiet, bucolic and noncommercial. Home of
the beautiful Cape May Point State Park, visitors need only travel
two miles north to enjoy the dining and shopping available in
Cape May City. Cape May Point is also home to one of the few
remaining seacoast tower lighthouses on the Atlantic Coast. Standing
tall with a 157-foot tower, the Cape May Lighthouse has guided
ships along the coast and into the Delaware Bay since 1859. Like
all of Cape May County, the lifestyle of year-round residents
and summer visitors is closely tied to the bountiful resources
and recreational opportunities offered by the ocean and bay.
A mere 1.2 square miles of New Jersey, the attraction
and charm of Deal lies in its beautiful, well-kept mansions.
Visitors to the Deal region enjoy wide ocean beaches and the
lovely architecture that characterizes this stretch of shoreline.
Head to Conover Pavilion where showers, a playground and a snack
Nestled between Long Beach Township's communities
of North Beach and Loveladies lies the quiet Borough of Harvey
Cedars, New Jersey. Harvey Cedars active summer community
schedules special events, often held at the Municipal Park and
Fire House. Both ocean and bayside bathing is available for sun
Tucked around the southernmost end of Long Beach
Island lies Holgate, one of the oldest visited sections of the
Island. Famous for the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge,
a 2.5-mile stretch of barrier beach haven for nesting birds,
Holgate is known for its peaceful, quiet atmosphere. After a
peaceful day of relaxation, simply travel less than a mile and
find yourself at the center of a quaint shopping area with cozy,
If Atlantic City is the crown jewel of the Jersey
Shore, Island Beach State Park is nature's gem. With more than
3,000 acres of preserved barrier island ecosystems and 10 miles
of pure white beaches, Island Beach State Park lures thousands
of visitors and families each year. Just past the goldenrod and
black cherry covered dunes, youll find swimmers, sunbathers,
snorklers, anglers, surfers and surf fishing. With historic buildings,
canoe tours, trails, naturalist programs and winding bike paths,
there is something for everyone at Island Beach State Park.
Pack the kids in the car and head to this family-friendly
New Jersey community. The kids will love the scenic boardwalk
and beaches. Surfing and fishing are restricted to designated
areas only. So take the little ones to the Barnegat Bay side
where the surf and tidal pools remain at low tide while the teenagers
windsurf or water-ski.
This tiny town is sandwiched between Asbury Park
and Allenhurst. Ranging a mere two blocks wide and five blocks
long, Loch Arbour is a quaint residential area with an oceanfront
pavilion equipped with a snack bar, outdoor showers and a small
Long Branch was one of the earliest and most
glamorous seaside resorts in the country from the 1860s
to World War I, serving as the summer resort of choice for seven
United States presidents and countless dignitaries. Now one of
the largest cities on the Jersey Shore, Long Branchs guarded
beach remains an ideal seaside resort shore to please.
This quiet little Jersey town minutes from Atlantic
City lies on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to bustling
crowds. The perfect destination for a quiet family vacation,
visitors can immerse themselves in a day of swimming, surf fishing,
rafting and a fun game of tennis.
Loveladies is the most recently developed area
on Long Beach Island featuring privately owned houses mostly
used during the summer. Since there are no hotels or motels in
the area, Loveladies is a community of close-knit neighbors whom
enjoy each others company year after year. Magnificent
in size and wholly contemporary in architecture, the seaside
sand castles of Loveladies are striking sights to behold. Each
August, you might be able to see one up close at the annual Seashore
Open House Tour. Known as the cultural hub of the Island, Loveladies
is home to the Long Beach Island Arts and Science Foundation,
now open year round.
Travel back in time when you visit Lower Township
to experience the Jersey Shore the way it was generations ago.
Lower Township comprises parts of both the Atlantic Ocean and
Delaware Bay sides of Cape May Point. Still thriving with many
fishing villages, the township also boasts farms, forests, wetlands
and natural beach areas. Saltwater recreation is plentiful, spanning
sailing, fishing, boating, swimming and more. Make sure to keep
an eye out for Cape May Diamonds at Sunset Beach.
Like Belmar to the north, Manasquan has been
a popular destination for the under-30 crowd for many years.
Surfs up at the "Manasquan Bowl," a swirling combination
of wind and tides, creating some of the best surfing on the Jersey
Shore. Relax with your feet in the sand by day, and then hit
the energetic club scene by dusk. Watch from your beach chair
as the boats pass through the Manasquan Inlet or head to the
marinas to charter a party-boat along the Manasquan River in
This seaside New Jersey community boasts many
old-fashioned mansions as well as an array of beautiful homes
that sit on a sliver of land less than a half a square mile between
the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. Although there are no restaurants
or hotels in town, walk on the sand bars during low tide and
you are sure to discover a new treasure each and every time.
Where else can you climb on the back of a 65-foot
elephant on the beachfront and enjoy a panoramic view of the
beautiful New Jersey shoreline? Come see Margates beloved
mascot, Lucy the Elephant, and youll quickly realize why
this architectural giant has been designated a National Historic
Landmark. Nestled between Longport and Ventnor, Margates
ocean beach and restaurants have been a popular Jersey Shore
destination for 20-30 something crowds for over a century.
A vast ocean beach replenishment project has
helped Monmouth Beach grow from an ever-so-narrow strip of sand
in the early 1990s, to a wide stretch of New Jersey shoreline
attracting thousands of visitors. With four beaches to choose
from, a blissful day of relaxation and tranquility begins the
minute your feet hit the warm sand. Or for thrills off the beach,
visit the race track.
Chadwick and Ocean Beaches
The well-maintained homes on both the ocean and
bay sides of Route 35 attest to why Dover Township's Normandy
Beach is such a highly desired and community for summer rentals.
Nearby Chadwick Beach is a cozy bungalow community much like
nearby Lavallette, where the surf provides an exceptionally low
tide stirring the waves to produce the desired conditions surfboarders
The seaside beach resort of Ocean City, New Jersey
is more than 125 years old, yet it has been living up to its
claim for generations as "America's Greatest Family Resort."
Carving a niche in the ideal family vacation, Ocean Citys
eight miles of pristine beaches and incomparable calendar of
events combine to provide tons of fun for the whole family. When
the beach day is over, the clean, well-maintained boardwalk comes
alive with a family-friendly atmosphere for visitors of all ages
As quaint as it is quiet, this tree-lined ocean
beach town is a great place to relax and unwind. Ocean Grove
features some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture
north of Cape May, while its stunning beach is yet another example
of the beauty found along the Jersey Shore coastline.
Bridging the family atmosphere of Lavallette
with the lively boardwalk activity of Seaside Heights, Ortley
Beachs bayside beaches are favored by young families for
the calm, shallow water ideal for the little ones. Located in
Dover Township, Ortley Beach is home to the famous Surf
Club, an ocean-side hangout where cold drinks, great music,
cool breezes and friendly conversation can be found.
Point Pleasant Beach combines the architectural
charm of past eras with the trendy, fun amenities of today. Their
expansive family boardwalk, one of the nicest in New Jersey,
boasts Jenkinsons Aquarium, packed to the gills with beautiful,
mesmerizing aquatic life. Stretching for one mile, Point Pleasant
packs its boardwalk with family amusements, rides, games of chance,
arcades, great food and a one-of-a-kind Victorian-style ice cream
Sandy Hook isnt your average ocean beach
town or commercial community; it is actually a National Park
that is also home to a military base and lighthouse. This seven-mile
stretch of beachfront, only forty-minutes from the Wall Street
district, touches both the spectacular ocean and bay. Excellent
for surfing, swimming or simply luxuriating on the sand, nature
lovers will revel in the 300-plus species of migratory birds
and pristine holly forest. When in Sandy Hook, simply travel
across the bay to the Highlands, the highest point on the entire
eastern seaboard. The Highlands boast an abundance of seafood
restaurants, nightlife, outdoor activities and the Twin Lights
Lighthouse of Navesink, the first twin lighthouse ever built.
Sea Bright is a tranquil New Jersey environment
only an hour and ten minutes from New York City. This sandy stretch
of the Jersey Coast is a popular destination throughout every
season. If you enjoy fishing, Sea Bright is home to an abundance
of bluefish, albacore, weakfish and stripers. Sea Bright also
enjoys a unique reputation for engaging nightlife, where the
sounds of popular local bands fill the air while guests admire
the beautiful waterfront views.
Much like Spring Lake to the north, Sea Girt
is a wonderful destination for relaxing family vacations. Beautifully
clean ocean beaches, fabulous restaurants, upscale shopping and
an old-fashioned boardwalk compliment the towns Victorian
Sea Girt Lighthouse, dating back to 1896.
Surrounded by the sea, this small New Jersey
island places high emphasis on family vacations of a quieter
sort. Set down your blanket down along the five-mile stretch
of beach, Sea Isle's biggest and brightest attraction. Head to
the Promenade - a wide, paved by-way along the beach stretching
from 29th 57th Streets, featuring some of the best shops,
dining, family arcades, biking and in-line skating the Jersey
Shore has to offer.
A faster pace and energetic atmosphere go hand-in-hand
with the sun and the surf at Seaside Heights, where a relaxing
day on the beach is just as satisfying as an exciting evening
on the boardwalk. Seaside Heights packs an abundance of thrills
along its mile-long boardwalk. Splash away the heat at Water
Works, one of the largest water parks along the Jersey Shore,
then head to Casino Pier for the latest amusement rides. After
you fish along the public pier extending into the ocean, dont
forget your surfboard Seaside Heights was named one of
the top ten surfing locations in the nation.
This little piece of paradise has a lively 1.5-mile
boardwalk where the northern tip bustles with activities at Fun
Town Pier. Seaside Parks restaurants, arcades and shops
offer unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean and families find
the wide beach and laid-back lifestyle to be more ideal for weekly
or summer-long vacations.
The charm and diversity of Seven Presidents Oceanfront
Park offers something for everyone in your family. This county-owned
New Jersey park in Long Branch consists of 38 acres of beautiful
landscape. Visitors have an abundance of activities to keep busy,
whether they decide to go boating, use the playground, fish,
swim, play sand volleyball or attempt to master the 75'x150'
Skateplex. This concrete playground is ideal for inline skating,
hockey, skateboarding and in-line skating. Bring your surfboard
to the beach at Atlantic Avenue for some of the best surfing
along the East Coast.
Coined as the "Gateway to Long Beach Island,"
the name dates back to a shipwreck that occurred in 1817, when
a brave schooner Captain rescued a young woman trapped beneath
the troubled boat. Catering to vacationers and weekenders seeking
exceptional beaches and an enjoyable atmosphere, many cozy restaurants
and quaint accommodations can be found in Ship Bottom. Sunset
Park Gardens offer the beautiful landscape for a romantic getaway.
This thin strand of gorgeous white beach and
rolling dunes is an ideal summer day-trip destination. This area
is well known for its natural beauty, dunes and wetlands that
thrive on the southern end of the island while an abundance of
coastal flora blossom nearby. This exceptional stretch of New
Jersey is made up of four blocks in South Seaside Park, leading
up to the breath-taking entrance of Island Beach State Park.
For more than 100 years, Spring Lake has been
known as the tranquil and peaceful resort area on the Jersey
Shore. Named for the numerous fountains of crystal clear water
fed from underground springs, Spring Lake has the longest non-commercial
boardwalk in New Jersey. With two miles of beautiful beaches,
this unhurried atmosphere and gracious living makes Spring Lake
ideal for a relaxing family vacation or romantic getaway.
Come enjoy this seashore resort on beautiful
Seven Mile Island of the Jersey Cape and be swept away by its
small town charm, dotted with a quaint shopping district and
exceptional restaurants. At the southern end of town, be sure
to visit the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, the only heronry in
America sponsored by a municipality, or discover why the Wetlands
Institute is "The Natural Place to Have Fun!"
This quiet enclave occupies perhaps the thinnest
strip of barrier island along the Jersey Shore. Located between
Ocean City and Sea Isle City, Strathmere offers a glimpse of
what life might have been like at the shore before summer visitors
arrived en masse. On the ocean side, lifeguards stand-by as visitors
enjoy a day of fishing, swimming, surfing or simply relaxing
on the beach.
Where else would you go to surf at the Jersey
Shore than Surf City? Seasonal visitors make up the bulk of the
summer tourist cache, but one-day visitors and weekenders also
populate the ocean beaches. Particularly popular with families,
Surf City visitors refuel along Long Beach Boulevards shopping
and restaurant district after a busy day of riding the waves.
Well-known for its peaceful atmosphere and amusement-free
boardwalk, Ventnor provides visitors with a spectacular view
of the Atlantic City Skyline. Generally frequented by day-trippers,
Ventnors well-maintained beaches, fishing pier, nearby
golf range and ice-skating rink provide visitors with the ideal
conditions for a relaxing experience at the Jersey Shore.
Always fun and exciting, the Wildwoods have lived
up to their reputation as a pop-culture icon for generations.
This venerable Jersey Shore institution is renowned for its 1950s
Doo-Wop architecture, where the happy-go-lucky attitude
of the 50's reigns. Families trek the two miles of boards in
ultimate bliss, enjoying carnival games, souvenir shops, food
stands, water parks, roller coasters and five amusement piers!
Composed of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, this
five-mile stretch of white ocean beaches have been voted among
the best in the country by the Travel Channel.