Cape May

Cape May is the southern most beach on the Jersey Shore, but also one of the best. It is very unique in a sense that it is both very historical and very commercial. It is considered a National Historic Landmark due to its plethora of Victorian-style houses, as well as it’s involvement during World War II.

Cape May is primarily run by the coastguard, however the tourism is the main source of income for the town. Check out Highbee Beach & Poverty beach (voted 2nd best beach in the US in 2011), as well as the various museums, shopping centers, and aquatic activities that the Cape has to offer.

Places to visit & Things to do:

  • Washington Street Mall
  • Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery
  • The Original Fudge Kitchen
  • Turdo Vineyards
  • Natali Vineyards
  • Cape May Winery
  • Cape May Jazz festival
  • Cape May Lighthouse

It is specifically recommended that the best form of tranpsortation around Cape May is walking, so get yourself a comfy pair of sandals! Check out these sandals by Reef:

This men’s sandal by Reef is sturdy, comfortable, and as supportive as a sandal can get! Perfect for the beach, the pool, walking around the town, or hanging out. Comes in various colors- GET IT HERE! Get the female version HERE!

Learn more about Cape May here:

http://www.capemay.com/index.php

http://www.capemaycity.org/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g46341-Cape_May_New_Jersey-Vacations.html

 

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Atlantic City

Majority of the places on the Jersey Shore are vacation spots for families, however Atlantic City is the perfect place for adults. You can still bring the family, however the crowd is mostly 21+.

Atlantic City is known for its casinos, beaches, shopping, and boardwalk. It is known as the “Gambling Capital of the East Coast,” due to it being home to twelve major casinos. Fun fact: Atlantic City is used as the setting for the popular board game Monopoly! It is where the Miss America Pageant is held every year, and it is directly across from the southern-most point of LBI and is always lit up like a Christmas tree. Atlantic City is known worldwide for always being open and operating. It shocked the world when Governor Chris Christie CLOSED Atlantic City during Hurricane Sandy- but it was for good reason!

Some hot spots in AC:

  • The Boardwalk (It was the first boardwalk to open in the United States!)
  • One of the four piers
  • Atlantic City Convention Center
  • Lucy the Elephant
  • Absecon Light
  • Trump Taj Mahal
  • Caesers
  • Harrahs
  • Revel
  • The Tropicana
  • The Borgata

Since the main activity in Atlantic City is gambling, I think everyone should check out this book before going there:

This book is a basic guide for all first-time gamblers, gamblers who want to strengthen their game, or those who have nothing else to read. Check it out here!

Atlantic City is the perfect place for a weekend getaway with a group of friends, a significant other, or any type of party! Although there are some family attractions, the demographic is mainly 21+ in this eclectic resort town.

Learn more about Atlantic City HERE:

http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/

http://www.visitnj.org/atlantic-city

http://www.cityofatlanticcity.org/

Long Beach Island

Long Beach Island is one of the most popular beach cities on the Jersey Shore. It is a common summer vacation spot for people who live in NJ and PA

North LBI contains the beach towns of Brant Beach, Loveladies, North Beach, Holgate and Harvey Cedar. The South part of the island has the beach towns of Surf City, Ship Bottom and Beach Haven. Beach Haven is the prime spot for activity.

LBI is the most family-oriented beach on the Shore. It is common that the majority of your friends either rent a house or own a house on LBI for the summer months. The amount of shopping and restaurants makes it a popular tourist attraction, however I believe it is one of the best kept secrets by the locals.

The Chicken or the Egg (dubbed “Chegg”) is the most popular restaurant on LBI. It is open 24/7 and the food is DELICIOUS! It is one of LBI’s many favorite local spots

Some Popular “Tourist” Spots:

  • Victorian Fantasy Island Amusement Park
  •  Settler’s Mill Adventure Golf
  • Surflight Theater
  • Thundering Surf Water Park & Golf
  • Schooner’s Wharf
  • Ron Jon Surf Shop
  • Barnaget Inlet & Lighthouse
  • ANY of the fudge shops (LBI fudge is DELICIOUS)

 

With so many people spending their summers at LBI, the citizens are very conscious of taking care of the island and themselves. It is common to see people walking, running, or biking at all hours of the day. I spent a week down in LBI with my friends’ family this past summer and every morning we went for a 6+ mile bike ride. This bike is what brought us throughout the island.

This bicycle by Huffy will be your primary source of transportation on LBI. Beach cruisers are all over the island and if you don’t have at least two in the house, you’re either walking or running everywhere. Buy it here!

 

Long Beach Island is a composite of beautiful beach towns all tied by family values and simple fun. You walk a block to the beach from your house, spend the day there, go back to the house for dinner and then walk to the nearby ice cream or fudge shop for dessert. People know each other by what street they live on and the sense of community is overwhelming. If you are spending time here during the summer, I recommend at least a week. Even then you won’t get to see all the island has to offer!

 

Want to learn more about LBI?

http://www.visitnj.org/long-beach-island

http://www.longbeachisland.com/

http://www.longbeachtownship.com/

Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights is the most well-known beach on the shore due to MTV’s television show The Jersey Shore. This attracted much attention to the family-oriented boardwalk and pier and created a lot of revenue that benefited the town for the better. However, as a local, The Jersey Shore‘s portrayal of how people from the Shore are is very inaccurate.

Seaside Heights and Seaside Park have been active since 1913 as stated in their motto. The boardwalk is the main attraction, therefore it is perfect for a fun, family-filled day. There are various stores, games, and restaurants that can accommodate parties of any kind, and I have never encountered any unpleasant staff at any place I’ve gone to.

Casino Pier and Funtown Pier are the two main attractions in Seaside. Both are mini amusement parks extending out into the ocean, and have various games and rides for kids and adults of all ages. Unfortunately, due to Sandy and a 10-alarm fire this past September, majority of the boardwalk is in shambles. One of the most iconic images from Hurricane Sandy came from Seaside- the image of Jet Star roller coaster sitting along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean after the boardwalk in which it sat got washed away by Superstorm Sandy.

However, the cities of Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, and Toms River are working as quickly and to the best of their ability to ensure the boardwalk’s reopening this upcoming summer.

Breakwater Beach is a water park that sits across from Casino Pier. Every time I go to Seaside, I go to Breakwater Beach and it is one of the nicest and cleanest water parks I have ever been to. Although it still ties in with the family-fun theme, it is a nice change of scenery from the boardwalk and the beach.

If you’re going to be going back and forth between the water park and the beach, you’re going to need a LOT of towels to dry off, especially if you’re with your family! Check out this four pack of towels by Utopia.

This four-pack of towels from Utopia is convenient, fashionable, and comfortable. They are 100% cotton and are 30 in x 60 in- perfect size and softness! Find them here!

Some other great local spots that you HAVE to check out while in Seaside:

  • Kohr’s Frozen Custard
  • Jimbo’s (my favorite restaurant on the entire boardwalk)
  • Seaside Clam Bar
  • The Shore Store (as seen on The Jersey Shore)

Although Seaside is very glamorized, I have created many memories there with both family and friends that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Seaside Park is where the Jersey Shore Relay begins every year, and I would always run the first leg. I also spent my prom weekend here with friends. I want others to create fond memories of Seaside just as I have. Not every vacation spot has to be over-the-top, and I believe Seaside is one of those places where you can have genuine, family fun.

Want to learn more about Seaside Heights and Seaside Park?

http://www.seasideheights.net/index.htm

http://www.seasideparknj.org/

Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant Beach is one of the most popular beach towns on the Shore because of its location, and plethora of attractions that make it appealing to visitors of all ages.

The boardwalk is perfect for everyone. There are games, restaurants, and rides that can occupy your whole day! Out of every beach on the shore, Point Pleasant is the BEST for a family vacation! You can rent a house just a few blocks from the beach, spend the day on the boardwalk with the kids, and go out at night without them! Everything is kid-friendly, clean, and safe.

Some awesome attractions that Point Pleasant has to offer:

Jenkison’s Aquarium

Jenkinson’s Aquarium is one of the only aquarium’s on the shore- and it’s one of the best too! Everything is interactive, the employees are engaging, and the sea life is too cute! I’ve been here as both a child and a teen and it was just as fun as it was when I was little!

  • Jenkinson’s Night Club- Teen nights on Thursdays
  • Martell’s Tiki Bar
  • Games and rides on the boardwalk- PERFECT FOR ANY AGE!
  • Fishing & boating
  • Jack Bakers Lobster Shanty and Wharfside- My friends and I went here for a 16th birthday dinner and they made the experience special and memorable… and the food was GREAT!

Point Pleasant is the perfect town to rent a beach house in. My best friend’s grandma has a house in Point Pleasant and her backyard is one of many lakes in the area. If you’re sic of the Atlantic Ocean (which is hard to believe), you can always check out the Manasquan River!

Carrying everything you need for a day at the beach can be such a hassle… make it easier with THIS beach carrier!

Make bringing your beach gear easier with this beach carrier! It can hold up to 100 lbs worth of beach gear, has pockets and slots for everything you could ever need, and its sturdy! Check it out HERE!

 

Want to learn more about Point Pleasant Beach & its accommodations?

http://www.pointpleasantbeach.com/index.htm

http://www.njpointpleasant.com/

 

Belmar

Belmar is a very family-oriented beach town in NJ that has a history unlike any other town on the Shore. The peaceful town prides itself on its clean, safe, and fun environment- a mixture that you will not find on any other beach on the Shore.

This past May, Belmar was voted the #1 Beach in Monmouth County and #5 in all of New Jersey. If that isn’t a good enough reason to visit, I don’t know what is!

Looking for a place to eat? Check out 10th Ave Burrito- it was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! All of the restaurants and stores are small businesses owned by locals who care about their town and the well-being of all of its inhabitants.

Belmar is home to the oldest First-Aid squad in the United States

E-Street in Belmar is where Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street band founded their name, because his original keyboardist lived their, and the band often practiced there.

 

Belmar is known for its annual events that attract spectators not only statewide but nationwide! These events include:

  • Belmar 5 Mile Johnny Cobb Memorial Run
  • New Jersey Sand Castle Contest
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Belmar Pro Surf Contest
  • The Jersey Shore Relay Run
  • Belmar Elks Club Polar Bear Plunge

 

Belmar is the perfect place to vacation with your family- capture every moment of it! Check out this great camera- the Cannon Powershot

This sleek and stylish camera is perfect to capture every moment with your family. It comes in multiple colors too! Check it out here!

More info on Belmar, NJ:

http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/index.php?p=home

Ocean Grove

ocean grove

Ocean Grove, New Jersey is directly south of Asbury Park, and is located in Neptune Township, NJ. Ocean Grove was founded as a Christian camp meeting community due to its proximity to New York City and Philadelphia. It is the first site for a tabernacle, an open-air wooden shelter. As popularity of the area increased, the town eventually built the Great Auditorium which is still used today for performances and speakers. Ocean Grove was visited by numerous presidents and was a popular religious getaway and summer town, similar to today! Ocean Grove is a State and National Historic District and is a must-see location if you’re visiting the Shore!

The Great Auditorium has been the hub of entertainment in Ocean Grove since the late 1800s. Today, it is used for musical performers, evangelists, and other popular events…a Jersey Shore must-see!!!!!

If you are not a fan of historic sites, the beach is just as beautiful as the Victorian townhouses. There are numerous Bed & Breakfast hotels, which is a perfect way to start off your morning in Ocean Grove. To make the experience more comfortable, bring your own robe and slippers!

This plush microfiber bathrobe will add comfort to the experience of waking up oceanside in the beautiful Victorian town of Ocean Grove

This plush microfiber bathrobe will add comfort to the experience of waking up oceanside in the beautiful Victorian town of Ocean Grove. Click the image to buy NOW

Grab a pair of matching slippers HERE!

Grab a pair of plush matching slippers HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, Ocean Grove is a quaint, historical town that is perfect for a weekend getaway for your family. There are local independently-owned stores, restaurants, and Inns that are perfect for an off-the-radar kind of weekend.

   

 

More information on Ocean Grove? Visit:

http://www.oceangrovenj.com/

http://www.visitnj.org/ocean-grove