The Real Shore: 2010 Summer Beach Guide

Don’t get snookered by reality TV. The Jersey Shore is all about family fun, endless recreation and entertainment choices, and sophisticated nightlife.

You’ve got to feel for our editorial team. They’ve spent the month of April hard at work on the annual Shore Guide. That’s not an easy task when Mother Nature is gifting our state with the first warm days of spring—an annual tease of sunny things to come.

The evidence of the staff’s hard work is set here before you. Click on the links below to read the corresponding stories. From the revitilzation of Long Branch to an emerging eco-tourism scene, the Shore is once again ready to host eager visitors after a long, laborous, stormy winter season.

When you do decide to head to the beach, consult our Jersey Shore Beach Guide app.

A Seaside Gem Sparkles Again—After years of decline, Long Branch has reclaimed its place as a top Jersey Shore destination—but not without controversy.

Home On “The Res”—”The Reservation,” a beachfront development in Long Branch, was built by the principal owner of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Single Down The Shore—The scene is smart and sophisticated. Snooki and the Situation need not apply.

Stay In Style—Boutique hotels find the sassy (and often luxe) sweet spot between the charm of B&Bs and the prestige of resort hotels.

Back To Nature—Piping plovers, horseshoe crabs, least terns, and red knots are among the rarities awaiting New Jersey ecotourists.

Fun For All—New events and old favorites abound on the summer’s Shore calendar.

Ahoy Matey—The Jersey Shore Pirates take mini mates for a treasure hunt on the high seas.

A Swampy Phosphorescence—Mystery shrouds Wildwood’s new scare attraction.

Mini-Golf With A Glow—Mini-golf is a veritable Jersey Shore institution. The latest incarnation—black-light mini-golf—hopes to become a new wave twist on an old favorite.

Where Time Stands Still—Ocean Grove’s tent city is a place Mary Poppins could call home.

On The Boards—Summer theater is alive and well down the Shore.

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