Before there was "Jersey Shore" there was.... the Jersey shore.
New Jersey's famous coastline runs for miles along the Atlantic, and also remains the New York City area's unofficial summer backyard, providing welcome hot weather fun to metro-area residents.
Today, ferries from midtown Manhattan whisk New Yorkers from the urban heat to the cool sands of Sandy Hook, a first stop on any complete tour of the Jersey shore.
From the famous boardwalk in Altantic City to the quaint charm of Cape May, more fun beckons as cool Atlantic breezes lure millions every year for sunbathing, swimming, boating, fishing (and, YES, surfing -- at the Jersey shore's surfing mecca, Seaside Heights.)
In between, you'll find white sandy beaches in state-run parks like Island Beach State Park, (photo top left) along the state's 130 mile-long Atlantic coastline.
Official seashell of
the Jersey shore.
DID YOU KNOW? New Jersey beach fun facts:
• Stretching for four miles, the Atlantic City boardwalk is the longest in the world.
• This being the Garden State, three New Jersey wineries can be found along the state's Atlantic coast for summer wine tastings at Cream Ridge Winery, Four JG’s Vineyard, and Laurita Winery.
• The state seashell is the knobbed whelk (commonly called a conch shell), found on every beach in New Jersey.
New Jersey has more than 50 beach resort communities. The most famous among them is
Wildwood,Ocean City, Seaside Heights, Cape May and, of course, Atlantic City.
More about New Jersey beaches around the Web:
New Jersey Shore - THE guide to the shore with an interactive
guide map, top ten lists of favorite pastimes, info and tidbits
on local and sea lore, and comprehensive guides to beach communities
from Monmouth County to Cape May.
Tourism - New Jersey Beaches - Check out a complete online
Shore Tour with driving directions plus separate virtual tours
of Tuckerton Seaport, Sandy Hook and Island Beach State Park.
State Park - With info on swimming, fishing and canoeing
at the park's focal point, Lake Hopatcong ... including amenities,
fees, and rules and regulations FAQ, driving directions and contact