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26 of the Best NJ Beaches That People Love to Visit

Last updated on October 25, 2019 at 10:52 am

New Jerseyans know two things better than anyone else in the world: diners and goin’ down the shore.

There’s more than 600 diners in NJ and some 130 miles of coastline. Garden Staters are passionate about both (check out our list of favorite NJ diners here). When we asked our Facebook fans to tell us “what are the best NJ beaches” we received 140 nominations.

When it comes to famous NJ beaches – there are more than a few. Atlantic City, the city that inspired monopoly, is known as legen-dary from coast-to-coast. Asbury Park was named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2016” in Travel and Leisure magazine.

Our Facebook fans saw things a little differently. There were two spots down the shore that ran away from the pack: the Wildwoods and Long Beach Island.

Wildwood is made up of four communities: Wildwood Crest, Wildwood, West Wildwood and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods boast 1.8 miles of boardwalk and several amusement complexes. Long Beach Island lives up to its namesake – it’s 18 miles long and even at the widest point, you’re only about a 1/2 mile from the other side. There’s plenty to do in LBI, but the island hosts the LBI Fly International Kite Festival (3rd annual this year) and Chowderfest (29th year this year). LBI was also named one of the 10 best beaches for families by Family Vacation Critic.

Some people were reluctant to out their favorite beaches, but here are 26 of the best NJ beaches as nominated by our Facebook fans along with the number of mentions each received.

  • 34 – Wildwood (All Beaches)
  • 22 – Long Beach Island
  • 10 – Point Pleasant
  • 10 – Ocean City
  • 9 – Seaside (Heights & Park)
  • 6 – Ocean Grove
  • 6 – Manasquan
  • 6 – Lavallette
  • 5 – Avon-By-The-Sea
  • 4 – Cape May
  • 4 – Belmar
  • 3 – Island Beach State Park
  • 3 – Brigantine
  • 2 – Ventnor City Beach
  • 2 – Sea Girt
  • 2 – Ortley Beach
  • 2 – Atlantic City
  • 2 – Asbury Park
  • 1 – Stone Harbor
  • 1 – Spring Lake
  • 1 – Seabright
  • 1 – Sea Isle City
  • 1 – Longport
  • 1 – Long Branch
  • 1 – Bay Head
  • 1 – Avalon

Well? Did they get it right? Let us know in the comments.

If you’re looking for some other great NJ things to do, try these 13 scenic New Jersey drives and 18 summer destinations. And, make sure to keep your car safe along the way.

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