Jersey: It’s the butt of a thousand jokes, the so-called “armpit of America.” But what if, beyond all the name-calling and already-ancient Jersey Shore references, the Garden State is actually…awesome? A land of beautiful beaches, New Yorker-friendly neighborhoods, fun bars, stunning scenery and fantastic shopping? Surprise! It is. This guide will tell you what to eat, where to go, what to listen to and how to speak while visiting our friends across the river, and even give you a handy neighborhood-to-neighborhood conversion guide for those thinking of making the move permanent. You can trust us, this list ain’t no fugazi.
Reasons to love New Jersey
The best beaches in NJ
If Snooki, GTL and fist-pumping come to mind when you think of the best beaches in NJ, it’s time to get out and explore the shore. From quiet, natural settings to fun, family-friendly boardwalks, the sand, surf and sun of the best beaches near NYC await. Start planning a day trip or weekend getaway now—no muscle shirt required. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to New Jersey