Enjoying peace and relaxation at the Jersey Shore is not as difficult as one might think. While the Jersey Shore is packed with exciting amusement-filled piers, vibrant boardwalks and booming nightlife, there are still plenty of local quiet towns along the Atlantic Ocean. Find out which Jersey Shore towns have maintained a serene, non-commercial boardwalk where visitors enjoy exercising daily and relaxing...minus the large crowds!

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Deemed one of New Jersey’s safest beaches, Avalon is small shore town of Cape May County with a beautiful, gentle beach beyond natural dunes. Avalon is tucked between the busier towns of Atlantic City and Wildwood, providing visitors a quieter, more relaxing option for a shore vacation. Because of Avalon's geography, it is acclaimed to be “cooler by a mile”, while its non-commercial boardwalk is one of the quietest in all of New Jersey.

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Avon is a Victorian shore town located in Monmouth County. As one of New Jersey’s best kept secrets, Avon is one of New Jersey’s quietest beach communities. With its Victorian decor and peaceful pavillions, the boardwalk at Avon is notoriously quiet as visitors dine, exercise, relax and take in the ocean sounds and beautiful beach views.


Bradley Beach BOARDWALK

Adjacent to Ocean Grove, Bradley Beach attracts visitors each summer who take pleasure in relaxing and sunbathing along the pleasant beach. Its tranquil boardwalk is beautifully clean and serves as a perfect location for walking, jogging, biking or simply unwinding after a long day in the sun. Like many Jersey Shore towns, Bradley beach has fine dining, unique shops and family-friendly entertainment.

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Situated at New Jersey’s southernmost tip, Cape May is one of the nation’s oldest and most beautiful resort towns with quiet, relaxing boardwalks. Cape May is proudly recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Beaches, known for its gorgeous Victorian homes and clean and quiet beaches along the Cape May Peninsula. A great family town, there’s plenty to do from nature and wildlife exploration, swimming, boating and fishing to live entertainment, antique and art shows.

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Lavallette BOARDWALK

A small town just north of Seaside Heights with one of the state’s quietest shore communities, the borough of Lavallette boasts a peaceful bay and beautiful oceanfront beach. Each year, visitors enjoy water activities such as swimming, kayaking, surfing, crabbing, fishing and boating and for fun and relaxation in the sun. Lavallette’s calm, non-commercial boardwalk is great for walking, jogging, biking, or just enjoying the gorgeous views beyond the dunes.

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Situated just south of Asbury Park, Ocean Grove has a rich history that is evident through its high concentration of Victorian architecture as seen throughout the town’s homes, quaint downtown shops, unique eateries, parks, and Victorian inns. Its serene boardwalk and beautiful beach draws visitors each summer for a relaxing getaway from the more commercial, noisier beaches of New Jersey.

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Sea Bright makes up the southern part of Sandy Hook, with the ocean on one side and the Shrewsbury River on the other. The borough is known for its seven private beach clubs, its great restaurants, nightlife and its water sports. Just an hour and ten minutes from New York City, visitors enjoy Sea Bright’s pleasant community and gorgeous beach. Not a traditional boardwalk, Sea Bright's path is great for a relaxing stroll or for exercising with the sea breeze closeby.

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Sea Girt is widely acclaimed as one of the quietest beaches in New Jersey. From its well-manicured, relaxing boardwalk, beach-goers can see a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean. There also lies the historic lighthouse, as the boardwalk spans from the beginning of Sea Girt to the end of town.



Spring Lake is a small and elegant resort town with one of Monmouth County’s cleanest, most beautiful beaches. In fact, Spring Lake is referred to as the “Jewel of the Jersey Shore” and is known for having the longest non-commercial boardwalk in New Jersey. Similar to other small New Jersey shore towns, beach-goers are mostly locals who enjoy jogging, walking, or cycling along the quiet boardwalk as well as relaxing on the sand and partaking in various water sports.

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Adjacent to Atlantic City lies the shore community of Ventnor City with great residential diversity. Just a few blocks away from the excitement of Atlantic City, Ventnor has its own entertainment and dining options while offering a much quieter beach, boardwalk or bayside experience to visitors. Ventnor’s legendary pier stretches far out above the ocean, allowing for magnificent views of the casino skyline and the great Atlantic Ocean.

Experiencing the Jersey Shore at one of these peaceful, serene boardwalk towns is certainly a treat. Although New Jersey's coastal towns are often classified as crowded and vibrant, there are several options for visitors who enjoy great views, relaxation and a quiet day at the ocean.

Which shore town has your favorite boardwalk? Share your answer by commenting below!