I have a shirt that says: “When you see an ocean wave, wave back.”
I make a point to take that advice every time I land at the Jersey Shore, one of my favorites.
Here, the dunes call you to the beach.
There are many residences in Ocean City, N.J., where our family visits; usually around the New Year holiday, or in mid-summer.
Both are equally as interesting times.
Sometimes it’s the cold, gray skies that make the shore appealing. But I’ll take sunny days in a heartbeat.
The Jersey shore is lined with beach towns. I choose Ocean City because friends have a house there at which we stay.
Ocean City is a dry town, so restaurants aren’t a priority here. However, I can vouch for Sack O’Subs’ philly cheesesteaks as being very tasty. And Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is a safe bet for breakfast.
The 2.5-mile Boardwalk is a fun place to walk, where there are shops, restaurants and arcades to keep those of all ages entertained.
My other shore choice is Cape May, where restaurants are an attraction, as are the Victorian bed and breakfast inns.
Restaurants of note include: A Ca Mia, The Mad Batter, the Pilot House (great steamers), the Lobster House, the Washington Inn and my favorite, Louisa’s, the best for fresh fish.
Of course, Atlantic City is a well-known beach along the Jersey Shore, known as one of the first shore vacation spots in the country. There are many casino hotels, wonderful restaurants and lots of outlet shopping.
Wildwood and Wildwood Crest are known for their fun escapes, with lots of rides.
Then there’s Margate, where Lucy the Margate Elephant resides, a 65-foot wooden elephant, known as the largest in the world. Also while in Margate, check out Bobby Chez for its renowned crab cakes.
(Photo by Phyllis R. Sigal)
Stuart Baier, formerly of Wheeling, tries to catch dinner on New Year’s Day.
Fact BoxThe Jersey shore
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Jersey Shore Beaches:
Cape May Point
Island Beach State Park
Long Beach Twp. beaches
Point Pleasant Beach
Sea Isle City
South Seaside Park