- July, 2004
7/25 New Jersey International Film Festival - New Brunswick, NJ -
Documentaries and Independent
Films to name a couple - www.njfilmfest.com
7/21 - 7/25 Monmouth
County Fair - Antique Auto Show - Garden Contest - Amusements - East
Freehold Park - Freehold, New Jersey 732-842-4000
8/25 Sandy Hook Summer Beach Concerts - Highlands, NJ - Live music
on the beach every Wednesday evening - Free Admission - Beach Area E
- Gateway National Recreation Area - Sandy Hook, New Jersey
|The Jersey Shore
- 127 miles of perfection
Ask anyone about the Jersey
Shore and there is a very good chance that they not only like it but love
it. The Jersey Shore is 127 miles of perfection as it stretches from
Sandy Hook all the way to Cape May. It is without question the most
diverse collection of distinct communities anywhere in the United States.
It is also home to some of the most vital fishing ground on the Eastern
Seaboard, notably in the Barnegat Bay for Sea Scallops. Hook a
Jersey Bluefish out on a party boat and you are in for a treat. They are
the toughest fighting fish for their size and many find them to be a favored
Jersey Shore vacationers are also a tough bunch as they usually demand a
very distinctive experience tailored to their specific needs. This
year the new hotel tax is sure to meet with good old fashioned Jersey
criticism, but the higher than usual summer home vacancy rate for shore rentals may prove
to be a beneficial alternative to staying at a motel.
Vacationers and day trippers to Sandy Hook can enjoy expansive ocean views
and recreation in a park setting, while just to the south in Sea Bright, residents and renters are close to the beach and the bay.
Traveling south in Long Branch there are some high-rise oceanfront
residences just before Deal where the old money and high-dollar dwellings
line the beach and main road ending in Allenhurst.
Next up is Asbury Park which
after decades of legal wrangling and urban pressures appears to be on the
mend. Asbury Park has one of the largest boardwalks in New Jersey and
one of the most unique waterfronts. Belmar also has a nice long
boardwalk and teems with life both on and off the beach. A favorite
place for the young and old with good dining, nice houses off the beach and
entertainment. Old Jersey charm and elegance can still be found in
beautiful Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights with superior dining,
interesting old houses and manicured lawns.
Point Pleasant and Point
Pleasant Beach offer good amenities for the family who likes action, good
food and boardwalk entertainment. The boardwalk pavilion is modern,
well-staffed and fun to visit. Just to the South in the towns of
Mantaloking and Bay head are some of the most beautiful old style beach
houses. Many of these houses are very large and retain their old
weathered shingle siding. You will need a lot of money to either rent
or buy one of these places, but it is quite a desirable location for those
with means. It's quite nice to drive through and just look if you are
a few million dollars short.
All of the Jersey Shore is
good for people watching but it takes on a whole new meaning on the
boardwalk in Seaside Heights. Home to the MTV Beach house for a couple
of seasons, Seaside Heights does attract a rather interesting bunch of
people. Boardwalk eats here include some of the largest slices of
pizza anywhere in the State.
Long Beach Island was
made for the family who wants to get away and not be bothered by intense
activity. The beaches are big, very clean, the surf is really good and
there are some very nice ocean front homes from the high-priced to the
you have to ask you can't afford it" priced. What is really nice is that the center of the island has some amusements for kids and shops for
adults, but the theme here is rest and relaxation. On the tip of the
island in Holgate, there is a protected wildlife refuge.
Atlantic City is of course the place for gaming but just to the north the
town of Brigantine has emerged as a pleasant place to get away from
downtown AC. Brigantine is actually a peninsula with some moderately
to high-priced homes (by New Jersey standards) with dock space on the bay
side and ocean views. South of AC are the old beach towns of Ventnor
and Margate complete with old architecture perfect for investor or for
someone who likes AC but wants to live outside of town.
It's no surprise that every town mentioned is unique and very special in its
own way, and Wildwood is no different with it's high-rise vacation residences
and expansive beaches. The large boardwalk and compliment of
amusements is also attractive to out-of-state residents who make the journey
to the Jersey Shore. At the southern-most point in New Jersey is also
an area attractive to out-of-state people called Cape May. Cape May is
rich in history and architecture with preserved Victorian homes great for
couples seeking pretty views, quiet and gourmet dining.
The 127 miles of perfection
along The Jersey Shore offer fun, relaxation, excitement, beauty, culture
and above all else a unique experience along every mile.