July 2020: Jersey Beach Shore Guide

The best laid plans have changed frequently throughout the Covid-19 crisis. Take this month’s issue, our annual Shore Guide, which typically runs in June. This year, with beach openings delayed, we had little choice but to move the guide to July. And here’s the result: An issue packed with the latest information to help you plan a day, week or month down the Shore. You’ll find a guide to 40 beach towns, listings of Shore restaurants offering takeout and delivery, and schedules of virtual events. (For updated information, download our free Beach Guide app—here for iPhones, here for Androids.) We have a special feature on Island Beach State Park, a natural wonder with plenty of room for social distancing. And we tee up our favorite Shore-area destinations for golf. More than ever, this summer feels like the start of something new. We are pleased to help guide you on your way.

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Garden Variety

Cape May Craftsman Transforms Old Scraps Into Folk-Art Collectibles

With discarded shutters and other raw materials, Jack Riehl builds birdhouses that end up on porches, mantels and bookshelves all over the world.

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Atlantic City Boardwalk Celebrates 150 Years

The iconic walkway—the first of its kind in America—still draws a crowd.

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What’s On Our 2020 Summer Reading List

18 books by Jersey authors we’re toting everywhere from our backyards to the beaches.

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PBS Miniseries ‘The Vote’ to Spotlight Struggles of Women’s Suffrage

Watch the late Mount Laurel activist Alice Paul and others battle for the ballot.

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New Book Salutes Late Founder of NJ’s Notorious Action Park

Coauthor Andy Mulvihill, son of park founder Gene Mulvihill, says he wanted to convey that his father was a “true pioneer.”

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Steve Adubato: Only in NJ

How Shore Businesses Are Adapting to Pandemic Restrictions

Coastal entrepreneurs revamp their business models and hope for the best.

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Giving Back

A Community Clubhouse for Adults Living with Mental Illness

At Shore House in Long Branch, membership is free, voluntary and lifelong.

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Stylephile

6 Poolside Essentials for a Posh Summer

Stay cool this summer with hot accessories—even if it’s just in your own backyard.

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Features

America’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm is Set to Rise in Jersey

In the open ocean off Atlantic City, a developer is soon to erect 99 turbines to power 500,000 Jersey homes—and (almost) everyone is happy about it. 

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Count Basie Center Hits the High Notes

The Red Bank institution has pivoted to serve patrons amid Covid-19—while also seeing through a $28 million expansion project, slated to finish this summer.

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Shore Guide 2020

The Ultimate Jersey Shore Beach Guide

What to expect when you’re down the Shore this summer.

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Gone Crabbing: A Feast Fetched from Patcong Creek

Reminiscences from a summer day spent with Fun Time Crabbing, a crab charter in Somers Point.

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Your Guide to Visiting Island Beach State Park

Sand, surf and room to roam abound at the Jersey Shore’s most natural wonder.

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Eat & Drink

Jersey’s Commercial Fishing Industry Struggles to Stay Afloat

In the wake of the pandemic, the industry—the fifth largest in the country—has been in rough waters. Will July and August bring relief?

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At Height of Tourism Season, Shore Breweries Are Anxious to Fully Reopen

In the meantime, many are now offering outdoor seating and open-air tastings in addition to delivery and curbside pickup.

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Jersey Shore Restaurants Offering Takeout and Delivery This Summer

Refer to this continually updated guide all season long.

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