Down the Shore: Exploring New Jersey’s Coastline
Many of us find an ocean view inspiring and with an impressive 130 miles of coastline to explore from Sandy Hook to Cape May, New Jersey offers plenty of scenic opportunities.
Here is a look at some of the many highlights awaiting you if you decide to explore New Jersey’s coastline, including some recommended boardwalks, why a gambling icon deserves a visit, plus some great beaches and historic places to include in your itinerary.
No shortage of boardwalks
As you might expect with such as vast and varied coastline, you are not going to struggle to find a place you want to spend at least a few hours exploring, with many boardwalks on offer at the various locations.
There is something special about strolling along a boardwalk with the sound of the waves all around you and from places like Avon-by-the-Sea, Bradley Beach, to Gillians Wonderland Pier at Ocean City, you can enjoy some stunning views combined with good old-fashioned entertainment.
Plan your itinerary
You can pick up the Jersey Shore trail wherever you want and drive anywhere between the tip of Cape May all the way up to the other end of the shore at Sandy Hook, with highlights like Atlantic City along the way.
If you are arriving in the area by plane you might want to check in at somewhere like Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott to get a good rest and prepare for your coastline drive ahead.
Visit a treasured town
A good venue as part of your itinerary would be to take in a resort town that was once known as the Queen of the Coast.
Atlantic City gained its reputation as a gambling center when casinos started opening in the mid 70’s, but today you are just as likely to be enjoying the 7-mile boardwalk, which attracts millions of visitors each year.
Enjoy a pristine beach
Moving away from Atlantic City and down toward the southern tip of Absecon Island on the New Jersey Shore, you will come to the delightful town of Longport.
Longport is one of only a handful of shore towns located in Atlantic County and it offers a stunningly clean beach which simply invites you to enjoy a stroll in the sand. Also, if you head to Little Egg Harbor on its western border, you can enjoy some water sports like kayaking and fishing.
A proper seaside experience
If you like the thrill of a roller coaster ride and a traditional seaside experience that involves popcorn and candy apples, Wildwood should be on your stop-off list.
Although Wildwood has a reputation as a party town there are also decent fishing conditions if you are a bit of an angling enthusiast.
A photogenic end to your journey
Right at the tip of one end of the New Jersey shoreline is Cape May and this picturesque location deserves its reputation as the queen of the seaside resorts.
Cape May has been declared as a National Historic Landmark and when you wander around the streets and view an impressive collection of 19th century framed buildings that take you back in time, you quickly appreciate with this town enjoys such an exalted status.
As you will soon appreciate when you start exploring the New Jersey’s shoreline, there won’t be enough time to take in all the available highlights on offer.