Exploring 5 Fun Destinations at the Jersey Shore

From Long Branch to Sea Isle City, here are some of our favorite beach towns—and how we love spending time in them.

An aerial view of Townsends Inlet Waterfront Park, a popular surfing beach on Sea Isle City’s south end. Photo by Jessica Orlowicz

It’s always a tough call: With so many great destinations down the Jersey Shore, which beach towns should we feature in our annual Shore Guide? This year, we’ve made it easier by highlighting five different destinations.

We start with Long Branch. One of New Jersey’s earliest beach resorts, Long Branch has historic sites to go with its wide beaches, ample shopping and dining options, and exciting nightlife. Speaking of history, no Shore town sticks to its traditions like Ocean Grove, which still shows off its roots as a religious retreat while also attracting a new generation of beachgoers. Next, we move on to Manasquan, which, we find, is the very embodiment of Americana. In Seaside Heights, family fun spots sit side-by-side on the boardwalk with attractions for young couples and the single set. Finally, we visit Sea Isle City, a popular vacation spot that doubles as an active fishing village.

Long Branch: History, Hot Dogs and Oceanfront Indulgences

Ocean Grove: Where Summer Congregants Maintain a Century-Old Tradition

Manasquan: The Epitome of Americana

Seaside Heights: The Boardwalk Town with Something for Everyone

Sea Isle City: The Fishing Village That Reels in Summer Crowds


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