The South Jersey Shore
A brief guided tour through the shore towns of Southern New Jersey from Atlantic City to Cape May.
From the casinos of Atlantic City to the bed and breakfast inns of Cape May, the shores of Southern New Jersey offer something for everyone.
The southern shoreline begins at Atlantic City. This city, revitalized with the legalization of gambling, boasts not only casino excitement, but also free swimming beaches, and a boardwalk packed with fun for the entire family, or just for enjoyed a stroll in the ocean breeze. Atlantic City is the home of the old Steel Pier, which still exists today, but not in the splendor of days past. However, it still offers many amusement rides for the entire family.
Heading further south, you come to Ocean City. This quiet, family oriented shore town also features a boardwalk with arcades, amusement rides and plenty of family eating spots. There is, however, a charge to sunbathe/swim on the Ocean City Beach. You can purchase beach tags by the day, week, or season. Daily tags cost $4.00, weekly, $8.00 and seasonal $15.00.
Upon leaving Ocean City, you can drive through many island towns including Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor and Avalon. Each of these towns offer its own uniqueness, and each of these beaches also charges a fee for usage.
Right over the bridge from Stone Harbor sits Wildwood. Besides Atlantic City, Wildwood is the only other "free" beach along the southern New Jersey coast. Wildwood is the largest of the island towns, featuring a five mile beach and boardwalk. The Wildwood boardwalk spans the length of the town and has many amusement piers and water parks as well as arcade games, gift shops, eateries, and the infamous "tram car" which carries tourist, sightseers, and people who are just too tired to walk anymore from one end of the boardwalk to another. The beaches of Wildwood are the largest of the island beaches, some beaches actually offering "beach trams" to take sunbathers from the boardwalk to the edge of the ocean. Wildwood also offers many, many motels that still hold their 1950's charm. Flamingos and neon colors abound. This shore town is guaranteed to have something for everyone.
At the tip of the New Jersey shore lies Cape May. This quaint island town is best known for its Victorian inns and bed and breakfasts. It is also home of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which takes travelers across the Delaware Bay from Cape May to Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.
All of the beaches along the South Jersey shore offer something for everyone. From the quiet, pristine beaches of Cape May to the umbrella-packed beaches of Atlantic City and Wildwood, you will definitely find fun in the sun!