By Brooke and Shannon of A World of BS
Ahhhh…the Jersey Shore. 100+ miles of spray tans and muscle heads, right?
Wrong. Everyone form New Jersey knows that the Jersey Shore is actually one of America’s best kept secrets. TV shows like MTV’s The Jersey Shore and Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey paint a picture of New Jersey that skews the world’s perception of the Garden State. Yes, we have people like the ones on those shows, but they are not the majority.
I was born and raised in a beach town along the Jersey Shore known as Long Beach Island. It is a barrier island that offers up 18 miles of beaches, bars, and restaurants and is (in my humble opinion) on of the best locations along the Jersey Shore. As an NJ native, I’m here to tell you that, no, we don’t all have terrible accents and, yes, you should visit the Jersey Shore.
Here are some reasons why:
The Beaches Perhaps the most obvious reason, but New Jersey has 130 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. Every New Jersian has their favorite, but honestly, they are all great! Weather you choose to visit the boardwalk in Belmar, the nude beach in Sandy Hook, or the beach front casinos in Atlantic City, there is a beach for everyone. Grab your towel (and your beach badge) and choose an exit off the Garden State Parkway.
The Music Home to legendary venues like The Stone Pony, the Jersey Shore has always had a vibrant music scene. From classics like Bruce Springsteen to teen heart throbs like the Jonas Brothers to hip-hop icons like Fetty Wop, New Jersey has produced some of the most iconic names in music. And they always come back to perform along the shore in their home state.
Lighthouses The Jersey Shore is also home to 11 historic lighthouses that serve as the perfect activity for a summer day! You can climb up the spiral staircases to get amazing panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, spend some time exploring the accompanying museums, and explore the local nature and wildlife. Many of the lighthouses are on protected lands that are perfect for birdwatching or just enjoying the scenery.
The Boardwalks Boasting over 20 boardwalks, the Jersey Shore certainly has no shortage of beach-side entertainment. But, many people don’t know that NJ is the home of the oldest boardwalk in the US and the longest in the world! Spanning over 5 miles, the Atlantic City boardwalk hosts a variety of amusements like casinos, hotels, gift shops, and even the Steel Pier. If flashy AC isn’t your style, we also have low-key boardwalks perfect for family days, bike rides, and people watching.
The History For all you history buffs out there, the Jersey Shore also has something for you. Being one of the original thirteen colonies, NJ has a long history and much of it lays along the shore. My own hometown of Long Beach Island is a good place to start. In 1782, an American ship discovered an abandoned Dutch merchant ship on the shores of LBI. Several of the sailors, who were Patriots, went aboard to investigate and set up camp nearby. That night, around 20 of the Patriots were murdered in their sleep, their throats cut by Loyalist John Bacon, also known as Bloody John. There is now a plaque to commemorate the slain sailors at the sight and it is known as the Long Beach Island Massacre. There are many other Revolutionary and Civil War sights such as this along the Jersey Shore.
These are just a few of the many reasons you should visit the Jersey Shore. It is perfect for outdoor activities such as surfing, fishing, sailing, or sunbathing. In the summer, the towns are bustling and lively and in the winter, the towns are perfect for a quiet getaway. All four seasons at the Jersey Shore are fantastic and offer a wide variety of things to do. The Jersey Shore has areas that are family friendly, areas that are perfect for wild weekends with friends, and areas that are perfect for recovering the next morning. We serve up fresh, delicious seafood, have dozens of breweries and bars with local beers on tap, and miles and miles of beautiful beaches. Plan your visit and you won’t be disappointed!
To learn more about Brooke and Shannon, check out their blog, A World of BS