I guess summer is when I start to move around a lot because in the last month I have been in soooo many different cities including my usuals:
Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Flagstaff/Sedona
And then back over to the East Coast… New York, New Jersey… Missed Redbank this year, though.
I do like to get back east at least once during the summer. That’s where I grew up and I have fond memories of my favorite beach and the best beach in the WORLD… The Beaches along the Jersey Shore!
I spent a couple of days down there while I was back. I also found a great article about the shore and here it is:
And while this article is mostly about Ocean City, I prefer the Jersey Beaches further north.
Seaside Heights for a Boardwalk that doesn’t quit. If you have small children, Point Pleasant is better in terms of rides and atmosphere.
Ortley Beach has a sandbar that makes the waves break early so that you can ride them for a long time when it’s low tide. At least that’s how it was a few years ago… we were there at high tide this year.
Spring Lake is more low key… and easier to find parking. Also a shorter drive from North Jersey, which is usually where I am coming from.
And no question that the Jersey beaches are infinitely better than anything you will find on the West Coast. For example, the Santa Monica Pier is a fraction of the size of all the boardwalks you will find in Jersey. Venice, CA doesn’t even have a boardwalk, though they call it a boardwalk. It’s concrete… not boards. And it’s pot shops… not carnival games. And Venice is kind of sketchy to walk at night while the Jersey Boardwalks become alive at night. Everyone comes out because it’s too hot to walk the Boards during the day. Besides, most people are on the beach during the day.
I mean, I like LA over Jersey for everything else. But for the beaches, Jersey is best.
Unfortunately, because it gets gets cold in Jersey, we only get 3-4 months of beach weather, but it’s definitely worth the trip back to have a few beach days.
By the way, if there is a West Coast beach that you think is great, please leave a message and let me know. My favorite beach so far is Seal Beach because the layout and shops and the atmosphere is more low key and have normal people living there (as opposed to the hoopla of Venice where I can’t go into the water because someone might steal my towel or the chichi of Laguna where I feel out of place because I’m the only one on the beach who doesn’t have plastic boobies). Your advice on good beaches… I’m begging you! :-)