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With nearly 130 miles of coastline, New Jersey is famous for its sandy beaches that offer a perfect seaside getaway for many vacationers. It doesn’t matter if you are searching for a secluded beach or a place with family-friendly activities, New Jersey has hundreds of beaches, each with its own unique atmosphere and different setting.
Let’s have a look at the best beaches in New Jersey:
1. Asbury Park Beach
A mile-long stretch of white sand, Asbury Park Beach is famous for its popular boardwalks and for songs from the famous singer Bruce Springsteen, who describes this little beach town on his Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. album.
The beach offers plenty of activities, including sunbathing, swimming, and fishing. From October to May, Asbury Park Beach becomes pet-friendly and visitors can bring their dogs. At other times of the year, head out to the Eighth Avenue Dog Beach to walk your four-legged friends.
Asbury Park’s famous boardwalk was hit by Hurricane Sandy, but managed to bounce back and today features a vibrant music scene and plenty of shopping and dining options. For French comfort food and great cocktails, go to the Pascal & Sabine restaurant.
2. Point Pleasant
Point Pleasant is known for its crystal clear waters and numerous attractions including the nearby Jenkinson’s Aquarium and Jenkinson’s Boardwalk where you will find arcade games, ice cream shops, and food stalls.
The beach itself offers plenty of activities too such as swimming, sunbathing, and surfing. It may come as a surprise that the beach is lined with tropical palm trees!
For refreshing drinks and cocktails on the beach, head out to Martell’s Tiki Bar or Jenk’s. Vacationers can use the facilities like restrooms and showers and the whole area is monitored by lifeguards.
You can also go to nearby Bradshaw Beach which is open to the public, but keep in mind that the boardwalk here is private land and daily, weekly, or seasonal badges need to be presented in order to gain access..
3. Long Beach Island
Locally known as LBI, Long Beach Island is one of the most visited and famous beach locations in New Jersey and offers 18 miles of sandy beachfront. Located just under 2 hours by bus or car from NYC, it is home to a number of beaches like Ship Bottom, Harvey Cedars, Surf City, and Beach Heaven.
Attractions like Fantasy Island Amusement Park and Barnegat Lighthouse State Park attract both tourists and New Jersey Residents. There is a huge boardwalk dotted with many restaurants and bars where you can get something to eat after spending the whole day on one of the beautiful beaches.
4. Spring Lake Beach
Situated just a few steps from Sea Girt, Spring Lake Beach is a 2-mile long pristine beach that features one of the longest boardwalks in the state of New Jersey. The good news is that parking is free, but make sure to arrive early as the number of parking spots is limited. The bad news is entrance to the beach costs $8!
In the afternoon, check out one of the most sophisticated towns in the region, Spring Lake. This quaint town was a popular vacation spot for New York’s wealthiest people back in the 19th century. Today, Spring Lake is filled with great restaurants, ice cream parlors, and local candy shops.