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.
New Jersey beach water quality hotline: 1-800-648-SAND
What's the weather like today? New Jersey beach web cams:
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