New Jersey's best beach? 10Best readers say Wildwood

This beach and boardwalk is packed with activities on and off the sand

From Sandy Hook to Cape May, New Jersey offers beach goers 130 miles of coastline dotted with beaches, barrier islands, lighthouses and scenic views. Hundred of thousands of visitors come to the white sand beaches of the Jersey Shore each year, and it's easy to see why. 

  • Wildwood Beach
    Wildwood

    Wildwood Beach is packed with activity both on and off the sand. Visitors will find three amusement parks within walking distance of the boardwalk with more than 100 rides and attractions.
    Photo courtesy of Greater Wildwoods Tourism Authority

  • Brigantine Beach

    The shoreline of Brigantine Beach Island has long attracted sun seekers and water sports enthusiasts with its opportunities for swimming, sailing, kayaking, surfing, kite flying and fishing.
    Photo courtesy of City of Brigantine

  • Asbury Park Beach
    Asbury Park

    Asbury Park Beach is classic Jersey Shore, complete with a boardwalk lined with surf shops, art galleries, restaurants and a classic pinball arcade. The town's mile-long stretch of sand attracts swimmers, surfers, sunbathers and fishers alike.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Andrew F Kazmierski

  • Cape May Beach
    Cape May

    Cape May city beaches are known for being clean and family friendly, with all the amenities you'd need for a perfect beach vacation. Lifeguards keep watch on swimmers, while volleyball nets provide on-land recreation. Surfing, kayaking, skimboarding and fishing are also on offer.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / valeriebarry

  • Point Pleasant Beach

    Point Pleasant Beach is more of a seaside playground than a mere stretch of sand (though the expansive beach here is certainly worthy of a trip). The highlight is the boardwalk packed full of attractions, including rides, miniature golf, ice cream parlors and Jenkinson's Aquarium.
    Photo courtesy of jason jenkins / Flickr

  • Island Beach State Park
    Seaside Park

    Island Beach State Park occupies a narrow barrier island separating the Atlantic Ocean from Barnegat Bay for some 10 miles. The coastal dunes here remain largely untouched, and the sandy beach is one of the most undeveloped on the Atlantic coast.
    Photo courtesy of Island Beach State Park

  • Ocean City Beach
    Ocean City

    Ocean City Beach ranks among the best family beaches on the Atlantic coast, thanks to its 8 miles of wide, soft sand and 2.5-mile boardwalk. Just steps from the beach, attractions include Gillian's Wonderland Pier and Playland's Castaway Cove.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / RSW85

  • Atlantic City Beach
    Atlantic City

    Atlantic City has a big advantage over Las Vegas–a big sandy beach and lively boardwalk. The boardwalk dates back to 1870, and today, it offers easy access to the Atlantic as well as resort hotels, casinos and world-class dining.
    Photo courtesy of DO AC

  • Sea Girt Beach
    Sea Girt

    A relatively new boardwalk runs for a mile along this uncrowded Jersey Shore beach from the Sea Girt Lighthouse to the southern end of town. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer months.
    Photo courtesy of Doug Kerr / Flickr

  • Stone Harbor Point
    Stone Harbor

    One of the best beach birding spots on the Atlantic coast, Stone Harbor Point offers a habitat for terns, plovers and skimmers, as well as sun seeking humans looking for a quiet sandbar far from the busy boardwalks of the Jersey Shore.
    Photo courtesy of David Eisenhauer/USFWS

The top 10 winners in the category Best New Jersey Beach are as follows:

  1. Wildwood Beach - Wildwood
  2. Brigantine Beach
  3. Asbury Park Beach - Asbury Park
  4. Cape May Beach - Cape May
  5. Point Pleasant Beach
  6. Island Beach State Park - Seaside Park
  7. Ocean City Beach - Ocean City
  8. Atlantic City Beach - Atlantic City
  9. Sea Girt Beach - Sea Girt
  10. Stone Harbor Point - Stone Harbor

10Best editors and local experts partnered with Dr. Stephen Leatherman (a.k.a. "Dr. Beach") to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Congratulations to these 10 winning beaches!

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