The Top Ranked Jersey Shore Beaches According to U.S. News & World Report

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The Jersey Shore is an area comprised of nearly 130 miles of beautiful coastline and some of the most beautiful beaches in the North East.

With such a diverse range of options, it can be hard to decide which beach is the best. These rankings are based on amenities, coastline mileage, and the surrounding boardwalk area.

So, keep reading to find out which NJ beaches U.S. News & World Report has dubbed the best.

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10. Point Pleasant

Coming in at number 10 is Point Pleasant. One of the most family-friendly beaches, Point Pleasant boasts a boardwalk complete with plenty of arcade games, mini-golf, an aquarium, an amusement park, and even a lively bar and restaurant for older crowds.

9. Long Beach Island

This 18-mile-long stretch of coastline is dotted with lighthouses, historic towns, and plenty of places to shop and eat. LBI is often regarded as a family-friendly area compared to other beaches along the shore.

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8. Brigantine Beach

A 6-mile strip of coastline located near Atlantic City, Brigantine Beach offers designated areas for boating, fishing, sailing, surfing, and grilling. This beach is a bit quieter and family-oriented.

7. Seaside Heights

Known as the home of MTV's Jersey Shore, Seaside Heights features a bustling boardwalk scene and 474 acres of coastline.

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6. The Wildwoods

With wide, sprawling beaches and over 5 miles of coastline, it's no wonder the beaches of Wildwood are consistently ranked as some of the top NJ destinations in the summertime. Explore the boardwalk, ride amusement park rides, and enjoy the beautiful beaches that require absolutely no money to enter.

5. Sandy Hook

A secluded and beautiful state park located at the northern tip of the Jersey Shore and just an hour outside of NYC. Sandy Hook is a nature lover's dream with plenty of hiking trails, marshes, and bike paths.

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4. Ocean City

Located at the bottom tip of the state, Ocean City is known for its lively boardwalk, amusement park rides, and spacious beaches.

3. Ocean Grove

Located just outside the city of Asbury Park lies a tinier beach stretching just 640 acres. Ocean Grove is known for its charming coastal town, family-friendly beach, and plenty of on-site amenities.

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2. Avalon

A beautiful beach town that is known for its dunes, wheelchair-accessible beaches, and picturesque boardwalk–an amazing place to snap a sunrise or sunset pic.

1. Cape May

Coming in at the top of the list is Cape May, located at the southernmost tip of the Jersey Shore. Known for its storybook Victorian homes and pristine beaches. Cape May has remained one of the most iconic beach towns in the United States over the last 2 centuries.

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