People in New Jersey are very proud of their beaches; after all, the Shore is one of the state’s most outstanding features. Most New Jersey residents have a favorite beach, as well.

Now, one of New Jersey’s beaches is getting some national love. Travel & Leisure came up with their list of the best beaches in America and a prominent Monmouth County beach town made the cut. (They weren’t ranked, so we’ll just assume New Jersey’s entry was #1).

According to Travel + Leisure, Asbury Park is one of the best beaches in the country.


Part of what the magazine had to say:

Asbury Park Beach is a lively, clean, white-sand paradise. Sunbathing, swimming, surfing, fishing, and people-watching are popular activities here. It's backed by a historic boardwalk bustling with restaurants, bars, fast food, and interesting shops, in addition to a splash park and miniature golf courses.

Asbury Park Boardwalk (Google Maps)
Asbury Park Boardwalk (Google Maps)

Travel + Leisure also pointed out one of Asbury Park’s best attraction (in my opinion: The Silverball Museum). For pinball fans like I am, the Silverball is place where it’s easy to lose track of time, both in terms of hours as well as decades. They have every classic pinball game you remember from your younger days as well as retro video games, air hockey, and more.

T&L also gives a shout out to the Stone Pony, referring to it as a place Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi made famous.

Stunning Jersey Shore rentals, steps from the beach

Here are 10 houses along New Jersey's coastline for an Insta-ready beachfront staycation.

Gallery Credit: Erin Vogt

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

Gallery Credit: Keri Wiginton

Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle only.

You can now listen to Deminski & Doyle — On Demand! Hear New Jersey’s favorite afternoon radio show any day of the week. Download the Deminski & Doyle show wherever you get podcasts, on our free app, or listen right now.

Click here to contact an editor about feedback or a correction for this story.

More From New Jersey 101.5 FM