You know I love the Jersey Shore. The people, the food, the smell, the sounds, the beach, and the surf. All combine for a great way to spend some downtime. Perhaps one of the best things is that it's a relatively short drive for most New Jersey residents, making it a perfect day trip.

We try to get in a few day trips in late summer every year, usually to our go-to beach in Sea Isle City.

Sea Isle City
Sea Isle City (Sea Isle City Beach Patrol)

What's the best Jersey Shore beach for you and your family?

Diamond Beach in Wildwood

This private beach is where you need a beach tag and a special club membership to drink at the beach bar. It's a beautiful stretch of beach but seems a bit costly for the day trip.

Cape May Beaches

Cape May Beach (Photo: Tommy Kwak, Unsplash)
Cape May Beach (Photo: Tommy Kwak, Unsplash)

Cape May is a friendly, family-oriented, quiet town with everything you need for a great weekend or weeklong getaway. The beaches are beautiful and there's plenty of shopping, food, and nightlife.

Point Pleasant Beach 

Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk
Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk (Kena Betancur, Getty Images)

A little more lively with Martell's being a magnet for young people looking to enjoy a great day and night at the Jersey Shore. The town is a fun, lively, friendly beach town led by Mayor Paul Kanitra who has done a great job helping the local cops keep the town safe for residents and visitors.

Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island

A great spot on LBI. Another balanced community with places to eat and relax with a beautiful beach to spend time reading, sunning, or swimming.

This is just a sampling of all of New Jersey's great places for a great day trip, weekend, and more extended vacation. Hit me up on the free NJ 101.5 app and let me know your go-to Jersey beach!

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