Garden State road trip: coastal highlights of New Jersey

The beaches along the Jersey Shore are one of the biggest highlights of New Jersey... photo by CC user tonythemisfit on Flickr

A road trip is the perfect way to explore the highlights of New Jersey, the most prominent of which is the 127 miles of white sand beaches along the Jersey Shore. This coastal region stretches from Sandy Hook in the north of New Jersey to Cape May in the south. If you’re from outside the US, make sure to secure your ESTA visa before heading to the Garden State to avoid any problems.

Start at Cape May on the southern tip of the peninsula. This is a Historic Landmark City, and the Victorian buildings have been adapted into homes or accommodation for visitors. Have a look around and relax on the beach before heading off to Atlantic City.

Atlantic City is about 48 miles from Cape May. There are hundreds of places to stay in this must-see city, which is known for its casinos, boardwalk and beach. The Blue Green Resorts hotel at Atlantic Palace is located right on the Boardwalk at New York Avenue in the heart of the casino district.

Enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean from one side of the 31-story-tall Atlantic Palace, and views of the city skyline from the other side. Resort amenities include beach, fitness room, game rooms, hot tub and outdoor heated swimming pool and sundeck. Blue Green is a vacation ownership club whereby members collect points and are able to visit more than 40 quality holiday destinations across the US and the Caribbean.

After the buzz of Atlantic City, visit Barnegat Lighthouse on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, then have some fun at the fair on the mile-long boardwalk in Seaside Heights. You will find food, games, amusements and activities on the boardwalk, plus beautiful beaches, water sports, and nightlife. Catch an amazing sunrise over the Atlantic and a sunset over Barnegat Bay to top it off.

Then, go on to the beautiful beaches at Manasquan. Try some fishing in the Manasquan River and the sea. Relax in Spring Lake, which has two miles of beach and the longest non-commercial boardwalk in the state. Stop off in Ocean Grove for historical architecture and beautiful beaches. The town that inspired many of Bruce Springsteen’s songs, the seaside town of Asbury Park, has a thriving art and restaurant scene. Finally on this list, Sea Bright has a public beach in the center of town and is a beautiful place to reflect and relax.

A road trip on the New Jersey Shore can be a fantastic experience, but remember to plan and research your route before leaving. Make sure you take plenty of rest breaks, bring plenty of drinks and keep cool, and keep safety in mind at all times. Then, all that is left to do is pack your swimsuit and sun cream and set off on your trip, creating some wonderful memories.