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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 destination.


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 “hometown" feel.

Asbury Park

A rock Mecca of the 1970’s and 1980’s, 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.

Atlantic City

Today, Atlantic City, New Jersey, is one of the world’s 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. It’s no wonder Charles Darrow chose Atlantic City as the setting for his prized game of Monopoly. Atlantic City hosts the world’s 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 seashore’s gentle surf, natural dunes and wide ocean beaches.


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-Sea’s 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.

Barnegat Light

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 Jersey’s maritime history. Barnegat Light’s 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.

Bay Head

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 Head’s quiet beaches. Ideal for walkers, the boutiques, antique shops and beautiful ocean beaches enhance Bay Head’s reputation as the ideal laid-back village by the sea.

Beach Haven

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 Schooner’s Wharf.


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.

Bradley Beach

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 Township

Brick Township’s 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 opportunities.

Cape May

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. It’s 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 bar reside.

Harvey Cedars

Nestled between Long Beach Township's communities of North Beach and Loveladies lies the quiet Borough of Harvey Cedars, New Jersey. Harvey Cedar’s active summer community schedules special events, often held at the Municipal Park and Fire House. Both ocean and bayside bathing is available for sun worshippers.


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, hometown restaurants.

Island Beach State Park

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, you’ll 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.

Loch Arbour

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 commercial area.

Long Branch

Long Branch was one of the earliest and most glamorous seaside resorts in the country from the 1860’s 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 Branch’s 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 other’s 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.

Lower Township

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 nearby Brielle.


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 Margate’s beloved mascot, Lucy the Elephant, and you’ll quickly realize why this architectural giant has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Nestled between Longport and Ventnor, Margate’s ocean beach and restaurants have been a popular Jersey Shore destination for 20-30 something crowds for over a century.

Monmouth Beach

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.

Normandy, 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 desire.

Ocean City

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 City’s 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 to enjoy.

Ocean Grove

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.

Ortley Beach

Bridging the family atmosphere of Lavallette with the lively boardwalk activity of Seaside Heights, Ortley Beach’s 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

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 Jenkinson’s 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 parlor.

Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook isn’t 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

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.

Sea Girt

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 town’s Victorian Sea Girt Lighthouse, dating back to 1896.

Sea Isle City

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.

Seaside Heights

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, don’t forget your surfboard – Seaside Heights was named one of the top ten surfing locations in the nation.

Seaside Park

This little piece of paradise has a lively 1.5-mile boardwalk where the northern tip bustles with activities at Fun Town Pier. Seaside Park’s 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.

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

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.

Ship Bottom

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.

South Seaside Park/Berkeley Township

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.

Spring Lake

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.

Stone Harbor

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.

Surf City

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 Boulevard’s 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, Ventnor’s 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.

The Wildwoods

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.

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