Jersey Shore Beach Guide

From Long Beach Island to Cape May Point, NJ

The southern New Jersey beaches, from Long Beach Island to Cape May Point, NJ make up some of the USA's best and most famous beaches.

Each summer hundreds of thousands of visitors from the Philadelphia area, New York, Maryland and Virginia choose to vacation along the world famous Jersey Shore.

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    The Beaches of South Jersey Shore

    Atlantic City beach
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    For each of the beaches listed below, click on the link provided for a full page of detailed information about each beach including information on: beach fees, beach season, parking, lifeguard protection, access for visitors with disabilities, food restrictions and much more.
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    Atlantic City NJ Beaches

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    The beach is where it all started: pristine sand with healthy salt air and a developer who saw the promise it held.

    Now Atlantic City is one of the world's favorite destinations and the beach differentiates it from any other gaming locale.

    During the summer, the beaches are guarded by the country's first lifeguard organization and the water is safe thanks to a stringent State water quality program.
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    Brigantine NJ Beaches

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    Brigantine Beach is the residential community just north of Atlantic City and is an island bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Brigantine Inlet, Absecon Inlet and inland waterways.

    Over 6.30 square miles in area, the island plays host to year round residents and visitors and home to the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge - a 20,000-acre national park. Pristine beaches, wonderful waterways and a host of family entertainment venues are found all over the island.

    Brigantine Beach is just minutes away from Atlantic City's endless casino entertainment and world famous boardwalk.

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    Longport NJ Beaches

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    Longport is a small (less than 1/2 sq. mile with a population of just over a thousand) town located at the southern tip of Absecon Island, just south of Ventnor and Margate. It is about six miles from Atlantic City.

    Longport is known as a quiet and peaceful beach community, less hectic than any of the towns to the north, yet still within easy driving distance of the Atlantic City nightlife.

    The beach at Longport is small, but impeccably clean with opportunities for sunbathing, kayaking, and surfing.

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    Margate NJ Beaches

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    Margate is a popular Jersey Shore destination, especially during the summer. Margate City is the home of Lucy the Elephant, a six story historic landmark, is the "largest elephant in the world." Marven Gardens, of Monopoly board game fame, is also located there.

    Margate beaches are narrower than beaches at many other places at the Jersey Shore. There are a few dunes and those that do exist are artificial. They were created to protect beaches from nor'easters and hurricanes. Most beachfront houses are right against the bulkhead with nothing between them and the ocean.

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    Ventnor City NJ Beaches

    Ventnor City
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    Ventnor is right next door to the shopping, gaming and night life found in Atlantic City, but also offers many family recreational activities, unique shops, restaurants and Bed and Breakfast Inns away from the crowds of its neighbor.

    Ventnor NJ was also established at the end of the Victorian era, at the turn of the 19th century and has many beautiful Victorian homes and large ocean front homes built 100 years ago.

    Ventnor City has large well maintained beaches that are almost always less crowded than their Atlantic City neighbor but still offer visitors and residents the same soft, white sand and great opportunities for swimming, surfing, kayaking and sail boating.
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    Avalon NJ Beaches

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    Avalon is South Jersey seashore resort whose motto is "Cooler by a mile" which refers to the fact that it juts out into the Atlantic Ocean about a mile farther than other barrier island resorts.

    Avalon beaches were voted by The Washingtonian the safest for swimming out of 30 beaches visited. The magazine called it "the best beach in New Jersey", with its gentle surf, natural dunes, a wide beach, and good life guards. It even has a small and well maintained boardwalk.

    Avalon was ranked the seventh best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.

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    Cape May NJ Beaches

    Cape May Victorian Homes
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    Best known for its numerous authentic Victorian homes and bed and breakfast inns, the City of Cape May is a National Historical Landmark and is the nation's oldest seaside resort.

    As early as 1766, visitors, encouraged by their physicians to take in the good sea air and water, came from Philadelphia - by horse-drawn wagons, stagecoaches, sloops and schooners. At the turn of the century, advertisement in the Philadelphia papers described "the beautiful situation of Cape May, the sea-bathing, and the fish, oysters and crabs to eat and enjoy."

    Cape May was ranked the fifth best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.
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    Cape May Point NJ Beaches

    Cape May New Jersey
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    Located at the southwest tip of New Jersey where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay, the Borough of Cape May Point is easily accessed from the north via the Garden State Parkway or Route 55 South.

    It is well worth a visit if you are in nearby Cape May. It is known for its good fishing as well as good bird watching.

    The borough's two beaches, Cape May Point Borough Beach and Sunset Beach, are usually very uncrowded.

    Sunset Beach is known for the wreckage of the Concrete Ship "Atlantis" which has sat on the beach there for over 80 years.
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    Ocean City Boardwalk
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    Ocean City, New Jersey proclaims itself "America's Greatest Family Resort." It is a world famous seashore community located in the heart of the Jersey Shore. Ocean City is located on a barrier island that lies between Great Egg Harbor and the Ocean.

    Ocean City was named one of the favorite destination vacation spots within 300 miles of Billy Penn's statue by readers of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Ocean City offers 8 miles of pristine white sand beach which were rated one of the "Best Family Beaches in America" in 2007 by the Travel Channel and ranked second best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.
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    Stone Harbor NJ Beaches

    Stone Harbor, NJ
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    Stone Harbor and its northern neighbor Avalon share a barrier island that is commonly referred to as "Seven Mile Island." The island itself is about a mile further windward than the other barrier islands, allowing for nicer sea breezes.

    The island is also known for its high sand dunes, but be aware that they are home to numerous protected plants and a animals. Walking on the dunes can result in a fine.

    The beaches of Stone Harbor Stone Harbor are usually quiet and uncrowded.

    Stone Harbor was ranked the tenth best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.
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    Wildwood City Beaches

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    With so many choices for the entire family, the fun never stops in Wildwoods. No other resort community in America offers the array of attractions, shopping venues, restaurants, historic sights and outdoor fun. Day or night, on the expansive beach, the electrifying boardwalk, the neon-lit boulevards or surrounding area, there’s always something to see and do on the island.

    Wildwood's beaches have areas that grow every year. They are some of the widest beaches in the world, in some places over 1,000 feet wide.

    The Wildwoods' beaches are host to a number of events throughout the season, including championship volleyball tournaments, monster truck rallies, concerts, movies on the beach and the Wildwoods International Kite Festival.
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    Wildwood Crest Beaches

    Wildwood Crest NJ
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    The Borough of Wildwood Crest is a small shore resort community located at the extreme southern end of New Jersey immediately south of the City of Wildwood. It is part of what is known as The Wildwood's.

    Wildwood Crest's magnificent free and extremely wide beach is among the most beautiful in the world. Thousands of hotel and motel rooms as well as family-owned cottages and summer rentals are available for your accommodation.

    The Wildwood Crest beach were ranked second best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. In addition to the Top 10 rankings, Wildwood Crest was named Best New Jersey Beach for Family Vacations.