New Jersey Beaches 2022

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New Jersey is located on the Northeastern Coast of the United States. Known as The Garden State, New Jersey boasts 130 miles of beautiful pristine beaches. These beaches run along the Atlantic Ocean and are filled with diverse communities and entertainment along the sandy coastline.

The following is a list of popular New Jersey Beaches:

Asbury Park

This hipster beach town has recently been dubbed “Brooklyn on the Beach”. It has attracted a diverse, creative crowd of artists, foodies, and musicians. This community is an accepting population of creative souls that are LGBTQ friendly and it resonates with dog lovers of all breeds. Bruce Springsteen has immortalized this scene through his music and pop-ups at the Stone Pony and Wonder Bar. Yappy Hour for dog lovers of all ages is a famous getaway located at The Wonder Bar. The Sunset Pavilion is an iconic spot on the Asbury Park boardwalk that serves as a freeform artistic space, everchanging among this unique population. Both simple fare and fine cuisine can easily be found within the borders of Asbury Park, NJ.

Spring Lake

In 1875, Reverend Dr. Alphonso Willets of Philadelphia created The Spring Lake Beach Improvement Company after discovering The “Fresh Creek Pond” located in NJ. The purpose of this new company was to illicit investors from Philadelphia to develop a new resort area known as Spring Lake Beach. The Gilded age was a timeframe roughly between 1870 and 1900 when this resort spot was beckoning wealthy New Yorkers and Philadelphians to the sunshine of NJ beaches. It is located 60 miles from downtown New York City and easily accessible by Uber, Lyft and train. Spring Lake boasts million-dollar mansions, manicured lawns, and peaceful vibes. Fine cuisine is easily found on the boardwalk area, as well as, on Main Street. For the adventurous traveler, an overnight stay at The Breakers may be a long-awaited, oceanfront getaway.

Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant Beach hosts one mile of fun and frolic for family entertainment. Jenkinson’s boardwalk offers an incredible aquarium, amusement park, three mini-golf courses, games, and a 4,000 square ft. funhouse. Along with its beach area, the town of Point Pleasant offers a nostalgic air welcoming antique dealers and buyers to the Point Pavilion Antique Centre. Along this same vein, auto enthusiasts are directly engaged by the Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey. Daytime and nighttime bars, fine cuisine, and simple fare and desserts can easily be found throughout this lively beach town.

Sandy Hook

Historic Sandy Hook, NJ hosts the original Fort Hancock which was established by the United States Army in 1895. Initially known as the “Fortifications of Sandy Hook” the installation was built to protect New York Harbor from invasion by sea. The fort was constructed between 1898-1910 and reached its top population in World War II. Sandy Hood Beach is the closest New Jersey Beach in proximity to New York City. The Seastreak ferry will directly escort you to the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area. This space includes beaches, cycling trails, and campgrounds. In addition, the Sandy Hook Lighthouse is a tourist attraction that is the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. Be wary, however, if you hike upon Gunnison Beach as clothing on this beach is not a requirement.

Seaside Heights

The Seaside Heights Boardwalk, along the beachfront coastline, stretches for 2 miles and is home to The Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach. The piers offer many family-friendly arcades and games of chance and a wide variety of foods and desserts. A few miles south of Seaside Heights is Island State Beach Park -- a 10-mile stretch of unmarred and undeveloped beach. pubs open. In the summer months, everything is open and geared for the crowds. The boardwalk consists of many wheels of chance where prizes range from small stuffed animals to TVs, bicycles, and scooters. Children and adults alike always have a great time! The aroma from the many pizza shops, sausage stands, and cotton candy machines tempt everybody's taste buds-including the Seagulls!

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Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove was initially settled in 1869 by a group of Methodist ministers. Ocean Grove has attracted city dwellers from New Jersey and New York for years. People are drawn to the charm of the old Victorian homes as well as the quiet/quaint atmosphere. To clarify, the clock above the post office chimes daily, the church bells play inspirational music, and ushers are dressed in blue blazers and white pants for Sunday services at the Great Auditorium.

Ocean Grove is quite famous for its main attraction–Tent City. Tents encircle the Great Auditorium—a 6,000-seat structure for religious services, dating back to 1894. This creates a mini-city, with narrow streets for pedestrians only. The tents are largely used by seasonal members of the church. Many have had tent leases in their families for four generations. Each of the tent homes is constructed on a wooden platform. The largest is about 13 feet by 18 feet, with a canvas section attached to a permanent wooden structure housing the kitchen and bathroom. On many tents, there is a narrow porch, often covered by an awning and sporting an American flag. In addition, the Great Auditorium can also be found in this area of New Jersey. It is a concert venue that has often been compared to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Long Beach Island

Known as a surfer’s paradise Long Beach Island is 18 miles of sun and surf. Surfers can be seen daily ( weather permitting) catching a wave and hanging out on the sandy shore. The locals boast the Original Ron Jon Surf Shop. LBI is a family-friendly town with simple amusements and eateries to engage all ages of the family. The draw to this area is the quiet, relaxing atmosphere with the concentration on family fun rather than a wild party seen. Dog-friendly areas are limited to the early morning hours with leashes being required.

Long Branch

The ability to enter through the Seven President’s Oceanfront Park gives Long Branch its unique edge along the New Jersey shoreline. It is a relaxing space that boasts a skate park, playground, and beautifully maintained sandy dunes. The Pier Village Shopping Plaza serves the community and tourists with interesting boutiques and eateries. High-end virtual gaming can also be found in this interesting shopping space.

Belmar

Belmar has the current reputation of being New Jersey’s beach party scene. It is, however, the location of the largest Party Boat Fleet at the marina. The downtown area of Belmar has been recently renovated and is seen as a bit calmer than Seaside Heights and the Point Pleasant areas of the shore. The beach at Belmar gets swept early each morning which makes the sand quite inviting and pristine. Beachfront eateries and bars invite the community and tourists alike to partake in simple beach cuisine.

Ocean City

Ocean City NJ boasts highland views of Atlantic City. It is noted as being Family-friendly with amusements and the incredible 90-foot Ferris Wheel located at Playland’s Castaway Cove. Ocean City is a dry town having no alcoholic beverages bought or sold. This being stated, coffee aficionados love the Ocean City Coffee Company which has roasts sourced from around the globe. Beachgoers continue to enjoy Shriver’s - the oldest candy business on the boardwalk.

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Avalon

The Seven-Mile Beach is found on the north end of Avalon. It is a stretch of land that reaches out one mile further into the Atlantic Ocean than any other shore town. It seems to attract a wealthy crowd amidst the elegant mansions and fine cuisine eateries of the coast. Still, family activities can be found including Pirate Island Miniature Golf. This unique mini-golf course boasts suspension bridges, waterfalls, and a giant pirate ship to encourage smiles from all ages.

Stone Harbor

Stone harbor has long been known for its huge sand dunes where people lounge and soak up the summer sunshine. It is easy to find empty space here to fly a kite or rent a kayak and paddle for the bay. Harbor Outfitters is an establishment well respected by the community at large to assist all in all shore entertainment. Bikes can be rented as well and many people take a tour of the island on two wheels instead of four. Adventure awaits at the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor where eco-cruises are available and check out the incredible, local wildlife is the norm.

Wildwood

The past comes alive in the Wildwoods of New Jersey. The Doo Wop Preservation League has a museum and beautiful historic tours of the surrounding towns. The architecture of the 50s and 60s is evident throughout this area within mansions, churches, and institutional buildings. For a more modern take on the area, check out artBOX, an artistic colony composed of eleven brilliantly covered shipping containers. There are three amusement park areas along the Wildwood boardwalk. These include Mariner’s Pier, Adventure Pier, and Surfside Pier, and together they have over 100 rides and attractions drawing tourists from all over the globe. The bravest may choose to check out the Great Nor’Easter coaster, featuring a 95-foot drop. Mack’s Pizza has been infamous for years along with The Beach Creek Oyster Bar and Grill.

Cape May

America’s oldest seaside town is known as the “crown jewel” of New Jersey. Still, to this day in 2022, horse-drawn carriages and trolleys fill the streets of this beautiful, pristine vacation spot. The sandy beaches are long and luxurious. Travelers may choose to relax on one of Cape May’s gorgeous beaches. The getaway bed and breakfasts and hotels are numerous and elegant. Activities abound from simple shopping at Washington Street Mall, eating sweets at Louisa’s Chocolate Bar, or sipping a cool drink at Cape May Brewing Company. For the more mysterious traveler, taking a historic ghost tour may be a cool option.

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