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For nearly two centuries, New Jersey's 127-mile Atlantic coastline has been a favorite vacation destination for northeast residents, and more recently, international travelers. Every summer "bennies" and "shoobies" clog the state's roadways, heading toward sun, surf, and nightly entertainment, along with the type of kitschy fun only existing along NJ's boardwalks. The Shore consists mostly of low-lying barrier islands surrounded by back bays and wetlands, though a few towns are located on the mainland. It's a big place, with endless opportunities for things to do. Partiers hit up Seaside Heights, Wildwood, and Belmar, while families frequent ...

For nearly two centuries, New Jersey's 127-mile Atlantic coastline has been a favorite vacation destination for northeast residents, and more recently, international travelers. Every summer "bennies" and "shoobies" clog the state's roadways, heading toward sun, surf, and nightly entertainment, along with the type of kitschy fun only existing along NJ's boardwalks. The Shore consists mostly of low-lying barrier islands surrounded by back bays and wetlands, though a few towns are located on the mainland. It's a big place, with endless opportunities for things to do. Partiers hit up Seaside Heights, Wildwood, and Belmar, while families frequent Point Pleasant Beach and Ocean City. Couples like Spring Lake and Cape May, offering the best selection of B&Bs statewide. Music lovers have it made in Asbury Park, and anyone preferring ritzy clubs and a little luxe (not to mention gambling) heads to Atlantic City. The best boardwalks — those with rides, souvenir shops, and deep fried funnel cake — are in Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, AC, Ocean City, and Wildwood, though most towns without destination walkways offer ample recreational activities.

Laura Kiniry
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Laura Kiniry is the author of Moon Handbooks New Jersey.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late spring, summer, and early fall (though weekend traffic during summer can be rough); Christmas/New Year's holiday season for Cape May; Atlantic City year-round