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Beach Vacations ... A Shore Thing

The Jersey Shore

March 10, 2008
By PHYLLIS R. SIGAL Design Editor

I have a shirt that says: “When you see an ocean wave, wave back.”

Good advice. 

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. 



Article Photos

(Photo by Phyllis R. Sigal)
Stuart Baier, formerly of Wheeling, tries to catch dinner on New Year’s Day.

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Jersey Shore Beaches:
Asbury Park
Atlantic City
Barnegat Light
Bay Head
Beach Haven
Bradley Beach
Brant Beach
Cape May
Cape May Point
Harvey Cedars
Island Beach State Park
Loch Arbour
Long Beach Twp. beaches
Long Branch
Margate City
Monmouth Beach
Normandy Beach
North Wildwood
Ocean City
Ocean Grove
Ortley Beach
Point Pleasant Beach
Sandy Hook
Sea Bright
Sea Girt
Sea Isle City
Seaside Heights
Ship Bottom
South Seaside Park
Spring Lake

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