Did you see the article, “The Best Beach Towns on the Jersey Shore” in the latest Coastal Living Mag? Well, I’m here today at one of them that did not make the list, but it should have!
Seaside Park, NJ, not to be confused with Seaside Heights of the reality tv show, “Jersey Shore” fame, is a quiet and quaint town situated on a barrier peninsula north of Long Beach Island and about 2 hours south of New York. Even though the summer crowds can exceed 60,000, there are less than 2500 year-round residents making it a small town with small town charm.
Looking for excitement during your stay? Visit the boardwalk, conveniently located along the Atlantic Ocean which connects to the Seaside Heights boardwalk making it a great place for pizza, fried Oreos or Twinkies (say what?), amusement park rides or pulling up a bench for some interesting people watching.
If you’re looking for a quieter destination, then take a drive down to Island Beach State Park at the opposite end and enjoy 10 miles of sandy beaches where you can see osprey, fox, and more than 400 species of plants. The state park is a great place to kayak, ride bikes or just catch some rays and watch the waves.
If you’re ready to spend some money, then take a stroll to the town department store and grab a new bikini, or visit one of the adorable ice cream shops. No real bar scene to speak of here, so the area is usually calm and a great place for families. Even though you must have a beach badge (with seasonal rates available) to get on to the beach, I can attest to this stretch of shoreline being one of the cleanest and most well-taken care of I’ve seen in NJ.
The Bum Rogers Crab House boasts the best lobster bisque in the whole area and I am here to tell you, it did not let me down! The lobster bisque is quite possibly one of the most decadent and delicious things I have ever tasted. Be prepared for lines in the summer though and check out the full menu during Happy Hour before the tourists shuffle up from a long day at the beach.
After spending some time in Seaside Park, you’ll feel like moving in and calling it home. However, real estate can zip up well into the millions, so renting one of these gorgeous homes for a week or two is a great option.
This area was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy a few years ago, but the town has rebounded nicely and is gearing up for an amazing season this year. I can’t recommend this hidden seaside gem enough – or maybe I should keep it a secret!