The famous Jersey Shore is home to 130 miles of coastline with a variety of unique and beautiful beaches to choose from. No matter which beach you decide to visit there will be a convenient and carefree New Jersey vacation rental waiting for you.

1. Atlantic City Beach

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We’re starting off our list with one of the most well-known beaches in “The Garden State.” The Atlantic City boardwalk is fun for the whole family and has a variety of activities including carnival rides, shopping and water sports. This beach has free admission and has plenty of lifeguards, restaurants, and restrooms in the area. If you’re feeling really adventurous you can rent a surf board or try out windsurfing. The area also has great fishing and gambling destinations.

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2. Avalon Beaches

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Avalon is a quaint New Jersey town that packs a punch when it comes to beaches and beauty. Located on the Seven Mile Island stretch, Avalon beach is known for being less crowded than other New Jersey beaches. You must purchase a beach tag to visit the beaches along the Seven Mile stretch for each person. Tags are $12 for the week and $6 for the day. Vacation rentals in Avalon are great places to unwind and be walking distance from the beach and the town!

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3. Sandy Hook

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The beaches in Sandy Hook are top-rated, however, it’s the many added benefits that make Sandy Hook one of the best vacation destinations in New Jersey. Just a short ferry ride from New York City, Sandy Hook has an array of nature and entertainment for the whole family. Explore the five-mile pathway that goes along the beach and is sure to check out the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Swimming conditions are perfect in the summer for families but are sure to get there early to get a parking spot before it fills up!

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4. Stone Harbor

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If you’re looking for a beach with little to no crowds, then Stone Harbor is the perfect place for you. The water is known for being calm in this area and kayaking is a must while in this small-town. Rent a vacation rental and be within walking distance to the beaches, shops, and activities throughout the town.

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5. Wildwoods

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Enjoy soaking up the sun, swimming and so much more at this popular beach and boardwalk. The Wildwoods Boardwalk will take you back to another era with a Ferris wheel, games and even the spinning teacups. There are also roller coasters, art exhibits and plenty of places to shop and eat. Take the family to the Wildwoods and see what you’ve been missing!

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6. Fisherman’s Cove

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Looking to bring your furry friend along with you on your New Jersey Trip? Fisherman’s Cove along the Manasquan Inlet has a great dog beach for man’s best friend. Even better, the beach is free and has calm waters enjoyable for man and canine. Manasquan is a great place to call home base and check out the area’s fun downtown area. Bring along a camera and plenty of sunscreen to make the most of every moment of your trip.

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7. Long Beach Island

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Long Beach Island, or LBI for the locals, is just a drive over the causeway to paradise. This 20-mile long island is scattered with some of New Jersey’s best beaches, we recommend staying a few day to see all there to do a Long Beach Island! Forget your worries and lie on the white sand beach as the kids make sand castles, or walk along the beach to the famous Barnegate Lighthouse. Vacation rentals in Long Beach Island will make you feel like you’re right at home and are the perfect place to bring the entire family.

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8. Somers Point Beach

mother and child at the seashore
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The shallow water and kid-friendly activities make Somers Point Beach a popular place for families. The beach is open and free to the public seven days a week in the summer and even has a playground, free parking and lifeguards on duty. Near the historic old town in Somers Point, this beach is perfect for a weekend getaway or a week long retreat.

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9. Cape May

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Make family memories that will last a lifetime at the quaint New Jersey town of Cape May. The area is known for great bird watching and calm beaches. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day at the beach or check out the area’s several hiking trails. The Cove Beach is one of the most popular beaches along Cape May with gray sand and volleyball nets. Vacation rentals along Cape May vary from small cottages to large houses and many are walking distance to the beach.

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