New Jersey boasts over 120 miles of ocean frontage. Behind it there are many inlets and bays with ideal conditions for yachting and fishing. Over 40 beaches are patrolled by lifeguards. There are boundless getaways down the NJ shore. Thank you for taking the time to find the best weekend getaway ideas down the NJ shore.
TOP 15 GETAWAY TOWNS DOWN THE NJ SHORE
Cape May New Jersey New Jerseys premiere vacation spot. Cape May has it all. The romantic bed and breakfasts and romantic dining are just the beginning at this wonderful resort getaway town. Best for lovers and honeymooners. A visit to the lovely Victorian town of Cape May will not soon be forgotten. Cape May has some of the best dining establishments in all of New Jersey. Cape May gets the easy nod here for the "Most romantic relaxing Couples getaway and best seafood in a NJ Shore Town"
Ocean City New Jersey Ocean City has a lot more to offer than most people think. It has been named as America's greatest family resort. Ocean City offers eight miles of beautiful beaches and on them you can find great restaurants, museums and a two mile boardwalk. Ocean City is the #1 getaway shore town for Families.
For the freshest seafood, try the Island Grill. For the best world famous pizza and Italian specialties down the entire NJ shore, be sure to visit Voltaco's! For other great dining recommendations and to find many more things to do click Here.
Ocean Grove New Jersey Beautiful and ever elegant Ocean Grove is a shore town in New Jersey where time has taken a vacation and just appears to stand still. Experience the wonder of their tree-lined thoroughfares, historic architecture and gracious townsfolk. Ocean Grove is our pick for the best getaway shore town for mature couples.
Recommended Day trip ideas for Ocean Grove - Map Ocean Grove has the largest collection of Victorian architecture in New Jersey and every street is a dramatic testament to the beauty and style of the Victorian age. Take one of the many Historic House Tours, sponsored by the Historical Society of Ocean Grove. Tours leave from the small museum on Pittman Ave. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, May-September. Visit the Beersheba Well, the first well struck in Ocean Grove, and Thornley Chapel, which has fun activities for the kids. Find a day full of quaint shopping along Main Avenue. You also must see The Great Auditorium. A 7,000 seat auditorium, along Auditorium Parkway, is a truly site to behold. Check out their upcoming Saturday night concerts. Don't forget Ocean Grove is a beach resort so bring your bathing suit. Trolly tours and surf fishing are also available.
Point Pleasant New Jersey Point Pleasant has a great boardwalk with many fun attractions and rides for the kids. The bar scene is one of the best out of all the NJ shore towns. There are also a lot of very nice small eateries and restaurants on the boardwalk and in the area. All types of cool sportfishing party and charter boats are close by. Because of Point Pleasant's clean beaches, great cultural activities, cool restaurants, and diverse nightlife, we are picking it as the "Best overall NJ shore getaway!"
Day trip ideas for Point Pleasant, NJ - Map Take a Tour on the River Belle, a replica Mississippi riverboat. The River Belle also offers dinner, twilight, and starlight cruises with DJ and dancing as well. Hit up Martell's Tiki Bar or Jenkinsons Pavillion Restaurant & bar. The best open party boat fishing is on the Norma K III, (the only boat that we use!). Go on one of the most unique and unforgettable adventures in all of NJ and sail with the Jersey Shore Pirates for swashbuckling fun (located just minutes from the Point Pleasant Boardwalk!) See Fireworks for free every Thursday night during the summer on the Boardwalk. Have Capt. John from Coast Wide Charteres give you a short evening cruise during the fireworks! See our page about the Point Pleasant Beach Boardwalk!
For the freshest and best seafood we've had down the shore, try the Shipwreck Grill in nearby Brielle NJ. The Shipwreck is the best bet for dinner if your visiting Point Pleasant.
Wildwoods NJ Family fun galore for the adults and kids and party time for the younger crowd. There is so much to do in the Wildwoods that you need a whole month of vacationing time to really see and do everything. Great getaway in NJ for Families with Kids. Wildwood NJ gets our choice for the Wildest Adventure - Biggest Boardwalk for kids down the NJ Shore.
Day trip ideas for Wildwood, NJ - Map I must admit that Wildwood isn't for everyone....but if you have kids, this IS one of the best beach resorts in all of NJ to go to! Stretch your legs and take a stroll on the historic Wildwood Boardwalk. It is like Kid heaven! The boardwalk is a great place to visit in the evening as it has that Mardi Gras feel every night as the lights flash and the bells ring! There are several piers with exciting rides for all ages including the world famous Morey's Amusement piers! There are also three amazing water parks including Splash Zone Waterpark that are fun for all ages. Take a deep sea fishing cruise or a Whale watching cruise. Kids will also love the abundant arcades, miniature golf and go carts. For the more adventurous, try your hand at Parasailing! Visit Mocean Waverunner and go Jet Skiing in over 3 miles of safe open area! Another great choice for wide open Jet Skiing is Jet-Tek H2O Rentals. Also be sure to visit the Green Street Market!
Atlantic City NJ Atlantic City is "Always turned on"! Besides the obvious Casinos, there is so much to do in the greater Atlantic city area from golfing to theater. Better restaurants and night life than you might think as well. Our pick for the top "Fun Romantic couples getaway" down the New Jersey Shore.
Long Beach Island New Jersey Long Beach Island is an 18-mile long Barrier Island. LBI is a great place to visit and an absolute great place to stay. There are over 20 beaches on LBI but Beach Haven and Barnegat Light are two top destinations offering many great attractions including the famous Barnegat Lighthouse. If your considering a weekend getaway or vacation for the entire family, we choose Long Beach Island as our "Perfect NJ Shore family getaway"
Recommended Day trip ideas for LBI NJ - Map LBI is only a quarter mile wide, so visitors are close to both the sea and the bay. Only one town on the island has amusement areas - Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Beach Haven, and Thundering Surf Water Park also in Beach Haven. There is no boardwalk on LBI, but Long Beach Island does boast some of the most natural unspoiled beautiful beaches on all of the Eastern Seaboard, as well as hundreds of awesome boutiques and fine restaurants. Route 72 Waverunner offers Kayak rentals and waverummer rentals! Planning a LBI Fishing trip has never been easier on Fish the Dropoff. Also see upcoming events and Exibits at the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences.
Seaside Heights Maybe one of the most famous boardwalks of them all. The night life is awesome and the culturally historic seedy ambiance is unmatched by any other shore destination in the world. Our choice for the best seediest (seedy in a good way!) and classic old time ambience getaway down the NJ shore.
Day trip ideas for Seaside Heights, NJ - Map For a classic seedy NJ shore town feel, nothing comes close to Seaside Heights NJ. The Seaside Heights Boardwalk is filled with old-style amusements, arcades and rides. The late night Aroma from the pizza shops and sausage stands, brings back many a memory for NJ natives. Beaches are free Wednesdays and Thursdays in season and of course they are free everyday off-season. There are countless great dive bars along the boardwalk. Don't miss the Bamboo Bar with it's awesome outdoor deck. Also visit Klee's Bar & Grill, a great little Irish bar with very good pub fare. For more adventurous action, rent a waverunner in the early afternoon and go fishing later on at the Casino fishing pier. The pier is open from 6AM to 12PM and rents everything you need to go fishing. Casino pier is filled with dozens of fun Attractions and Rides. Casino pier is also home to Breakwater beach Waterpark. Seaside Heights is a great getaway town in NJ for the entire family regardless of age.
Take a small 2 mile trip to the nearby scenic town Tom's River NJ where you can rent waveruners, paddle boats, kayaks, canoes or pontoon boats by the hour or by the day at Route 37 Watersports. Route 37 Watersports is located just a hop and a skip away from Seaside Heights at 3430 Route 37, Toms River, NJ. Please call 732-270-0075 for more information!
Belmar New Jersey One of the Northeast's premier resort communities, providing big time attractions, great bars, numerous recreation facilities and exceptional special events. Belmar's beaches stretch for more than a mile, and are among the finest and most popular along New Jersey's entire coast. Their non- commercial Boardwalk is a wonderful place to walk, jog or people-watch. Because of the great nightlife for the more party oriented couples. Belmar gets the nod here for "Best NJ shore town for the younger party crowd - best NJ nightlife getaway"
Recommended Day trip ideas for Belmar NJ - Map If you want to party it up down the NJ Shore you have come to the right town! Belmar is home to some of the best party spots on the entire East Coast,- The famous Belmar nightclub Bar A offers live bands, dance music and open mic nights. This is probably the best bar in all of NJ on Tuesday Nights for the younger generation. Other cool party spots include D'Jais Oceanview Bar & Cafe, Boathouse bar & grill, Brandl restaurant, Casa Solar, Connolly Station, Matisse restaurant, and the list goes on and on! Come down to Belmar and check it out for yourself.
Stone Harbor NJ During your stay in Stone Harbor, you will be impressed with it's small town charm, quaint shopping district, and the area's exceptional restaurants. It's a town you'll l tell your friends about. Bordered on the East by the Atlantic Ocean and on the West by the Intercoastal Waterway, Stone Harbor offers wonderful opportunities for family vacation fun too. There are many things to do in Stone Harbor Beach NJ. Our pick for the top quiet relaxing shore town getaway!
Day trip ideas for Stone Harbor, NJ - Map Harbor Outfitters offers some really cool Ocean Boating Adventures. They have the largest selection of kayaks in the South Jersey area. Come rent a Kayak or surfboard, or take a Guided Eco-tour with the Family. Harbor Outfitters is located on 354 96th St. Stone Harbor NJ609-368-5501. Be sure to visit the famous Wetlands institute which is a Natural place for fun learning.
Recommended Lodging in Stone Harbor NJ
Golden Inn Ocean Front at 78th St. Avalon NJ 609-368-5155 Resort nestled on the barrier Island of Avalon and Stone Harbor. Ideally located in a beautiful oceanfront setting, Avalon, NJ. The Golden Inn Hotel & Resort welcomes you to the best of everything. Here in a graciously sophisticated atmosphere, you enjoy a memorable experience of quiet luxury and excellent service...tastefully appointed guest rooms, superbly prepared food and drink and the very finest accommodations.
11 Avon by the sea Best secluded quiet shore town Avon-by-the-Sea is a four season, seaside, Victorian community located on the Atlantic Ocean - just 60 miles from New York City and Philadelphia. If you love the quiet open sea, then Avon-by-the-Sea is the place for you and your loved one.
Find Cape may diamonds and see the famous sunken ship Atlantis in this great little resort town. Quiet, romantic and the only place on the East coast to see a fully unobstructed sunset.
13 Sea Isle City Best uncrowded - unknown beach in NJ 'The Sea and Sand Family Vacationland.' Sea Isle City has five miles of clean uncrowded beaches surrounded by the sea and immense natural beauty. The small island offers endless opportunities year round for you and your family to enjoy a getaway.
14 Avalon NJ Best Quiet beach town in NJ The Washingtonian magazine voted Avalon Beach the safest beach in NJ out of 30 beaches visited for swimming! The magazine also called it "the best beach in New Jersey", with its gentle surf, natural dunes, a wide beach, and good life guards. It even has a small and well maintained boardwalk. Beach Tags are available and can be purchased in the booth outside of Community Hall Friday - Sunday or at the beach by one of their friendly attendants. Please call 609-967-3066 for more beach information.
15 Sea Girt NJ Best Overall relaxing Beach town in NJ With one mile of white sandy beaches and an old fashioned boardwalk, Sea Girt is one of New Jersey's nicest most relaxing beaches. Designated beaches are available for bathing, fishing, surfing and of course sun bathing. A walk on the boardwalk offers a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. The Boardwalk starts at the foot of the Historic Lighthouse and runs to the South end of town. Great food and nightlife too for such a quiet little town. The younger crowd can hit up Edgars pub for some fun and dancing. Rod's Olde Irish Tavern is a great Old Fashioned turn of the century Saloon, perfect for singles, couples or families.
Honorable Mention Spring Lake NJ Most picturesque Northern Seaside town Spring Lake is not far from Sea Girt NJ. Spring Lake is another one of New Jersey's most elegant beach resorts which boasts beautifully maintained historic homes and over two miles of super clean beaches. Spring Lake also boasts the longest non-commercial boardwalk in all of New Jersey. The town is noted for more than 60 fine shops and boutiques as well as a variety of great gourmet restaurants. The beautiful 19th-century village of Allaire is within close driving distance.
Honorable Mention Highlands Best Northern shore spot - great Fishing Thrown in here for the best in the North shore region. Miles of clean beaches that are for the most part uncrowded. Great Seafood restaurants and a nearby nude beach (Gunnison beach) at Sandy Hook. A very nice spot in the Northern beach scene. Very close to New York. Great relaxed getaway with clean beaches and great restaurants. For the kids visit nearby Keansburg Amusement Park.
Honorable Mention Keansburg Best Old Fashioned Shore town in NJ - Also a fun party spot, young or old We have to include Keansburg here just for the unique rustic wonder of the Keansburg Amusement Park Boardwalk. Keansburg is a really cool inimitable little town located on the North Shore region in Central New Jersey. It's one-of-a-kind aura is unmatched by any other NJ shore town. It has a an antiquated, unique seedy (in a good way) quality about it that you will not find anywhere else on the entire East Coast. For a rusty, cool and different type of hullabaloo vacation or day trip, Keansburg NJ is not to be missed! Great for families and children of all ages.
Murder mystery weekend getaway Getaway this weekend with your friends. Murder Mystery Weekends are scheduled for groups of twelve or more people (six couples) during the off-season (November through April).If you can get some people together, this could be the weekend getaway of your life. Great idea for family reunions or old friends who want to reunite and have a special time together. The Candlelight inn bed and breakfast is located N. Wildwood NJ. Click on the link above for pricing, reservations and more information