New Jersey is known for its colleges, fat sandwiches, and of course the beaches. The Garden State boasts up to 44 beaches, nearly 130 miles of coastline. Like every summer, people from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania will all flock down to the shore. Jersey has some of the best beaches in the US but with that being said, each one is unique. There are family friendly beaches or some are known for its boardwalk or its has the spring breaker, college kids scene. Whichever one you choose, you won’t be let down with these best New Jersey beaches.
Point Pleasant Beach
Point Pleasant Beach is an all-rounder with a pristine beach, a boardwalk, an amusement park, and a downtown area nearby. The beach recently added Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, which stretches nearly a mile long and filled with fun attractions for the family. Point Pleasant is a perfect day trip but also can accommodate overnight stays with a handful of hotels, motels, and B&B’s. The beach itself has a $9 entrance fee and $3 for kids.
This beach has a pet friendly area, where all leashed dogs are welcome, all year round. The beach is located along the Manasquan Inlet. There is also an area for the owners to sit and relax and take a dip in the water. The beach is free for all and is open 7am to dusk. It is also conveniently located a mile away from the downtown area, filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and a theatre.
Ocean City beach is one of the cleanest beaches New Jersey has to offer, considering they have a volunteer group to help clean once a week. On top of cleanliness, Ocean City is well-known for its 2.5 mile long boardwalk. There is a bike rental here offering adult bikes, children bikes, and surreys, which is perfect to scope the beach and the town. The boardwalk has Jersey icons such as salt water taffy, pizza, and donuts. And if that isn’t enough, visit Gillian’s Wonderland, a mini amusement park right on the pier with 28 rides and attractions.
Belmar is the hottest of the hot spots in New Jersey. There is something for everyone to do from college kids to families. The beach is known as a hotspot for spring breakers and all alike. However, it is also known to be extremely family friendly, offering free playgrounds and surfing lessons for kids. In addition to the beach, Belmar has a boardwalk that runs the beach length with restaurants, snack bars, shops, and bike rentals.
Wildwood is more than just a beach, it’s actually a resort city with a beach, boardwalk, bike trails, and so much more. This beach is great for surfing, boogie-boarding, power boating, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, and parasailing. But if that’s not enough, the beach also hosts over 180 events and festivals all year round, including a kite festival, BBQ championship, marbles tournament, block parties, and music concerts, most of which is usually free!