Each summer, when city folk are sweltering amid New York's concrete and glass, we turn our gaze south toward the Jersey Shore, which has some of the best beaches in the region. Since many beloved shore attractions were closed last year due to the pandemic, travelers are more eager than ever to see their favorite exits fly into view on the Garden State Parkway. It's summer, finally, and we're back at the beach, revisiting our favorite mini-golf courses, guzzling milkshakes at our boardwalks of choice, and settling in for an epic tan. These are the 17 best beaches in New Jersey—the spots worth planning a trip "down the shore" for.
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