The Jersey Shore


4 minutes

For day 2 of our beach series, we'll head to the Jersey Shore. You may have seen the TV show, but trust us—most parts of the Jersey Shore are nothing like what you see on the show. Stretching approximately 129 miles from Sandy Hook to Cape May, the region can rightfully boast of the natural beauty of its numerous beaches, historic Victorian seaside resorts, festive boardwalks, amusement and water parks, casinos, world class waterfront dining and endless outdoor sports and entertainment.

Visitors should indulge in unique regional favorites such as saltwater taffy, fresh seafood dishes caught from local waters and American boardwalk vendor favorites- fudge, sausage and peppers, pizza pie, funnel cakes, cotton candy, crab cakes, Kohr's ice cream. The NJ shoreline provides a great beach escape from NYC, and with so many activities to choose from, you can make your beach trip as relaxing or as fun as you want it to be! 

Spring Lake - Seaside Serenity

This is the perfect destination for those looking for a peaceful beach escape. The upscale town of Spring Lake offers a peaceful, non-commercial boardwalk perfect for a long stroll and some rest and relaxation along the private 2-mile beach. Numerous luxurious mansions, bed & breakfasts and boutique hotels line the oceanfront offering a restful and picturesque stay, hearty American breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea. 

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How do I get there?

Spring Lake is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes away from mid-town Manhattan via public transportation. By train from NY Penn Station, take the North Jersey Coastline NJ transit train to Spring Lake Station (there is a transfer at the Long Branch stop): www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainTo

By bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal Academy Bus provides weekday and weekend Shore Points bus service to Spring Lake: www.academybus.com/Commuters/Schedules.aspx

Belmar - Beachfront Nightlife

A stone's throw from Spring Lake, a 1-minute walk north along the boardwalk offers a drastically different scene. Belmar offers a vibrant boardwalk scene and seasonal activities, concerts and festivals for those looking for more active entertainment than just beachfront rest and relaxation.

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How do I get there?

Belmar is approximately an hour and 15 minutes from mid-town Manhattan via public transportation. By train from NY Penn Station take the North Jersey Coastline NJ Transit train to the Belmar Stop (there is a transfer at the Long Branch Stop): www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainTo

By bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal Academy Bus provides weekday and weekend Shore Points bus service to Spring Lake: www.academybus.com/Commuters/Schedules.aspx

Cape May

Cape May has been a truly unique beach resort destination for centuries. The southernmost point of New Jersey, Cape May seems to be a world away from neighboring metropolitan areas offering a true escape with many leisurely and outdoor sports-oriented activities to offer. Cape May is a 20-minute ferry ride from Delaware and offers a little of everything a beachgoer could hope for: stunning beachfront, endless leisurely and adventure water sport activities, quaint old world shopping, historical sites and walking tours, vineyards and wine tasting, music festivals and fine dining. Even on a rainy day it is difficult to be bored given all of the activities and entertainment Cape May has to offer.

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How do I get there?

Cape May is approximately 3 hours from midtown Manhattan. By bus: NJ Transit express and local busses #319, 552 from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Cape May Bus Terminal are available 7 days a week. There is no direct train route to Cape May.

Atlantic City - The Las Vegas of the East Coast

The ideal getaway for thrill-seekers and those that love nightlife. For those that want more than the casino scene and exciting nightlife, the world famous Atlantic City boardwalk built in 1870 has been a fun seeker's destination for decades. Lined with luxury hotels, restaurants, shops, amusement park rides and games and food stands offering American summer favorites, Atlantic City offers never-ending beachside entertainment and things to do night and day.

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How do I get there?

Atlantic City is approximately 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours from midtown Manhattan. Some hotels & casinos offer package deals including transportation to and from Atlantic City 7 days a week. By bus, several major bus line options are available 7 days a week from Port Authority Bus Terminal:

Wildwood

The quintessential NJ beach and boardwalk experience, the Wildwood boardwalk is an amusement park lover's paradise and offers something for everyone both young and old. The boardwalk stretches two miles and has a total of five amusement piers, carnival games, roller coasters, souvenir shops, food stands offering classic American summer staples, beachfront water parks and more. 

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How do I get there?

Wildwood is approximately 1- ½- 2 hours from midtown Manhattan, there is no direct train route to Wildwood. By bus, you can take NJ transit bus # 552 from Port Authority Bus terminal to Wildwood Terminal. Greyhound & Academy Bus also offer service to and from Wildwood Terminal to Port Authority Bus Terminal:

 

Ani Kington Ani Kington

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.

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