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If you’re planning a trip to the Jersey Shore this summer – who isn’t? – you’ll find beautiful beaches along the coastline. We who live here know how beautiful our shoreline is, but now it’s been confirmed as USA Today named its 10 top beaches in the Northeast.

It’s no surprise that Ocean City came in at No. 1. Last year, Ocean City was voted New Jersey’s favorite beach for the ninth straight year, according to an annual poll through NJ Sea Grant Consortium. Ocean City was also voted best beach by our readers in the 2022 Garden State’s Best poll. The beaches are clean, family-friendly and easy to get to – plus there are rides and games along the boardwalk, including a giant Ferris Wheel. Good luck getting your kids to leave and go to bed!

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Also on the list are the beaches in Cape May at No. 4. People love Cape May for the 2 miles of beaches and boardwalk, the restaurants, the ice cream shops, the lighthouse, the outdoor activities, the B&Bs and the shopping on Washington Street.

Belmar Beach ranks at No. 8. Whether you are walking the kids along the boardwalk, sending your teens to the 16th Avenue beach (definitely a popular area for the high school kids), or sailing in a kayak by the marina, Belmar is a popular destination in Monmouth County.

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The Top 10 Beaches in the Northeast:
1. Ocean City Beach, Ocean City, New Jersey
2. Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, New York
3. Bethany Beach, Bethany Beach, Delaware
4. Cape May beaches, Cape May, New Jersey
5. Ocean City Beach, Ocean City, Maryland
6. Mohegan Bluffs, New Shoreham, Rhode Island
7. Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts
8. Belmar Beach, Belmar, New Jersey
9. Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
10. Atlantic Avenue Beach, Amagansett, New York

From Perth Amboy to Cape May, there are 141 miles of shoreline along the Jersey Shore. Load up on sunscreen, grab some chairs and an umbrella and head to the beach this summer for swimming, surfing and laying on the sand.

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