No surprise here: The Wildwoods have once again taken top honors in New Jersey's annual best beaches contest.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium announced the winners at a news conference in Sandy Hook Thursday.
Ocean City came in second.

The six towns on Long Beach Island placed third, followed by Sea Isle City, Belmar, Cape May, Manasquan, Island Beach State Park, Sandy Hook and Seaside Heights.

The combination of Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood have won the contest three of the past four years.



The contest mixes the results of direct voting online, with scientific analysis of beaches on environmental and other criteria to rank the top 10 finishers.

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