When temperatures start to climb, New Yorkers flock to the Jersey Shore to take advantage of the cool ocean breeze and soft golden sands. But that’s not all the Garden State has to offer: Summertime fun down on the shore includes bustling boardwalks, charming small towns and tranquil escapes. So whether you’re traveling with children, friends, your significant other or your four-legged pal, there’s something for everyone in our pick of the best beaches in New Jersey.
One thing to remember: Many beaches in New Jersey charge for individual admission or charge admission by vehicle. Dubbed “beach tags,” these passes cost roughly $5 to $10, with weekly and seasonal tags available for a lower rate.