Not everybody who is a fan of the Jersey Shore is familiar with Long Beach Island. It’s commonly called LBI. New Jersey Digest has named Long Beach Island its best summer travel destination in the state.

The reason for it being one of the less traveled or trampled parts of the shore is simple. There is one way in and one way out.

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It doesn’t connect to the north — Island Beach State Park and Seaside Park beyond — and it doesn’t connect to the south, being Brigantine and Atlantic City.

So you have to enter through Manahawkin on the Route 72 Causeway bridge, through a lot of traffic lights. It was very popular amongst the people I grew up with in Burlington County. Maybe because it was one of the closest destinations to our part of the state.

Bay Village via Google Maps
Bay Village via Google Maps
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Since there is limited access unlike other barrier islands which you can reach from the north and the south LBI does not have the “through traffic" that other Shore destinations have.

Although each of the towns is slightly different there is one main characteristic throughout the whole island. No boardwalk! But the town does have a great amusement park for kids of all ages called Fantasy Island.

Fantasy Island via Google Maps
Fantasy Island via Google Maps
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Long Beach Island also suffered a devastating Nor'easter in 1962 called the Ash Wednesday Storm which cut the island in half right around the town of Harvey Cedars.

It took a while for people to gain the courage to settle there again but over the following decades it thrived in a very exclusive, expensive way.

The beach in Harvey Cedars (Harvey Cedars Police)
The beach in Harvey Cedars (Harvey Cedars Police)
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I spent the better part of two decades as an adult traveling there weekly during spring, summer and fall to go fishing at the northern end at Barnegat Light.

The fishery has changed since superstorm Sandy for local sport fishermen. There is still quite a fleet of commercial boats that call Barnegat Light home.

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For vacationers, the choice is usually renting a house for a week or two at a premium price depending on the town.

There are some hotels that take nightly or weekly visitors in Surf City, Spray Beach and Beach Haven and mostly one or two of the very southern tip in the town of Holgate. If you’ve never been it’s definitely worth a day trip to explore it.

Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club via Google Maps
Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club via Google Maps
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The Engleside Inn and Restaurant via Google Maps
The Engleside Inn and Restaurant via Google Maps
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On summer weekends, leave very early and plan to be in more traffic to the south if you head toward Beach Haven and lighter traffic if you’re more of a nature lover and want to explore the jetties and lighthouse at Barnegat Light.

It definitely deserves the designation as New Jersey’s top summer travel destination — not only because of its unique character but also because of its pristine beauty in many areas as well.

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If you've got kids or you just want to ride a bike through a cool Jersey Shore town, make a right off the bridge and head to Beach Haven. If a quieter trip is your thing check out Kubel's in Barnegat Light for a fresh seafood dinner and take a walk along the jetty past the lighthouse.

If you’re feeling extra energetic, climb to the top and check out some spectacular views on a clear day (once the lighthouse reopens after a restoration project).

You’re welcome!

Kubel's in Barnegat Light via Google Maps
Kubel's in Barnegat Light via Google Maps
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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