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East Coast Beaches (New Jersey to Virginia)

Updated on June 2, 2014
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Jeannie has been writing online for over 8 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.

Summer is Coming!

Finally, at long last, summer is on its way! It has been a terribly long winter full of snow and gusty winds. I think it is safe to say we could all use some sunshine. Now, with the summer coming at us full force, it is time to think about the beach.

If you live in the mid-eastern states in the U.S., you are lucky. We have plenty of beaches to go to on a hot summer day. Some beaches are so close, you do not even need to get a motel. You can just go on a day trip. If you do not live along the Atlantic Ocean, don't worry! You are invited, too. You will have to think about the whole motel situation though. Trust me, it will be worth it.

So let's sit back and relax! Why not go on a beach adventure right now? Even if we are only reading about all the beaches, it is just like being there but without all that pesky sand between your toes! When you get some free time, you can take a drive and be there in person.

Ocean City, MD

The most popular beach in Maryland has to be Ocean City. Ocean City has a spectacular boardwalk. There are plenty of those cheesy boardwalk shops and fun things to do all along the boardwalk. Ocean City has arcades, mini-golf, plenty of restaurants, and an amusement park. For the night life, there are plenty of bars and clubs. There is something for everyone at Ocean City.

Of course, the most important part of Ocean City is the beach. Ocean City has a 10 mile long beach. The beach is really clean, especially considering some other beaches along the eastern shore. On the weekends, the beach is packed all summer long. It is a blast to be in the crowds when the beach is swarming. You can always get in the ocean or just lay in the sun.

You do not have to pay to hit the beach, but if you are planning a day trip, you can expect to pay for parking. While driving to Ocean City, make sure to pack some great music to keep you going. The drive getting there can be a little dull; there are fields as far as the eye can see. If watching the crops is not your thing, make sure your radio is working!

Ocean City, Maryland

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Welcome to Ocean City!Ripley's Believe It or NotEarly morning at Ocean CityOcean City at night
Welcome to Ocean City!
Welcome to Ocean City! | Source
Ripley's Believe It or Not
Ripley's Believe It or Not | Source
Early morning at Ocean City
Early morning at Ocean City | Source
Ocean City at night
Ocean City at night | Source

Assateague Island, MD

Right below Ocean City is a beautiful park called Assateague Island. This is the best place to go if you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere. The beach is clean and a lot less populated. The best part of Assateague Island is the wildlife. You are likely to see deer, rabbits, and horses.

Yes, Assateague Island is full of wild horses. Sometimes the horses are shy and you will only see them from a distance. You might get to see some come pretty close to your car. If you are lucky, they may just show up on the beach! It is an amazing sight sitting on a beach and looking over to find a group of horses coming towards you. Always remember, do not feed the horses! They are not there as a tourist attraction. The horses are wild animals and can be dangerous.

Assateague Island, Maryland

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Beware of the biting horses!Horses on the beachDeerAssateague Island in SeptemberThe horses take over the beach sometimes.Assateague Island in the summer.
Beware of the biting horses!
Beware of the biting horses! | Source
Horses on the beach
Horses on the beach | Source
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Assateague Island in September
Assateague Island in September | Source
The horses take over the beach sometimes.
The horses take over the beach sometimes. | Source
Assateague Island in the summer.
Assateague Island in the summer. | Source

Rehoboth Beach, DE

If you are looking for a cute, quirky beach town, it is time to visit Rehoboth Beach. It has a smaller beach compared to Ocean City, but it is really fun. Rehoboth Beach is family friendly and also a gay friendly beach. I would consider Rehoboth Beach a welcoming place to everyone. It has plenty of quirky little shops and motels that were once houses.

Rehoboth Beach also has all the standard beach amenities like large hotels and an amusement park. It is never as crowded as Ocean City. The view is beautiful, and the town is clean and well kept. It is a wonderful beach to visit.

Rehoboth Beach also has neighboring beach towns you can visit: Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. You can easily hop in the car and visit those towns while visiting. You may even decide to stay at one of those beaches the next time you visit Delaware.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Atlantic City, NJ

What beach hub would be complete without a blurb about Atlantic City? Atlantic City is probably best known as a gambling town. However, you can't look past the beach. The beach seems to go on forever at Atlantic City. There are even 3 spots that are designated for surfing.

Atlantic City also has a long boardwalk with all the standard amusements like shops, rides, restaurants, and a Ripley's Believe It or Not. Of course, you can't miss the casinos. Even if you are not going to gamble, make sure to visit some of the casinos. Each casino has its own theme. Some of the casinos are really beautiful. There are always restaurants, clubs, and shows to keep you amused at the casinos even if you do not want to gamble.

You can also visit the the Pier Shops at Caesar's. Aside from great shopping, there is a light show to keep you entertained. You can relax, and watch the water and lights once an hour. There really is something for everyone in Atlantic City. If you have the opportunity to go on a bus trip deal, by all means do it.

Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Virginia Beach, VA

Last, but never least, is Virginia Beach in Virginia. Virginia Beach is located at the very south in Virginia, so anyone living in the southern part of the U.S. can get to this beach town easily. Anyone living in the north or even the middle of the east coast, has a long drive. However, it is fully worth it.

Virginia Beach is beautiful! The main street is lined with hotels that all face the ocean. Virginia Beach has a huge beach which is usually packed on the weekends. It is a great getaway spot. There is golf, an amusement park, tour boats, trolleys, and a ton of other activities. You can walk along the boardwalk and investigate all the stores, "haunted houses," and arcades. There is always something to do in Virginia Beach, even if it rains. I highly recommend visiting this beach!

You can always visit Williamsburg while you are there, which is not too far away. If you are into history, or visiting Busch Gardens, that is the place for you.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Copyright ©2011 Jeannieinabottle

Originally created in 2011; Updated in June 2012


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you so much for the votes and the comment. I love all the beaches in that area. I haven't been to Rehoboth in a while, but would love to go back.

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    Gail Sobotkin 

    8 years ago from South Carolina

    Great hub with lots of wonderful photos and a video of East Coast beaches. I live near Rehoboth Beach, DE, and have been blessed to visit all of the beaches you listed in this hub. Each has its own character and charm and you've done a wonderful job of describing them.

    Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for your comment. I absolutely love going to the beach. I've never been to the Cayman Islands though. Maybe one of these days I will get to be there!

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    9 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    Great beaches, Jeannie! I feel at my absolute best when lying on a tropical beach. My husband and I were married in the Cayman favourite place in the whole word.

    I look forward to reading more of your hubs,

    Cloverleaf :-)

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am glad you liked the hub. I love the beach too! Thank you for your comment.

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    Thelma Alberts 

    9 years ago from Germany and Philippines

    Great hub! I love going to the beach, walking barefooted when it is not so hot or just sitting there looking the deep blue sea. Very relaxing.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for the vote up and useful vote. Who knows? Maybe someday I will venture beyond the east coast to an island. It sounds really nice.

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    9 years ago from San Juan, PR

    Very informative an entertaining Jeannie...up/useful. JR BTW, you should check out the beaches on my little island.

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    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks! I know things have been bad in New York, too. I am so feed up with clouds, storms, and wind! I've heard it is supposed to be a cooler summer than usual, so I am a little disappointed about that.

    The other beaches in NJ sound like fun. I've never had the opportunity to go to those, so I did not feel like I could give an honest opinion. I go to Atlantic City all the time because of the low-budget bus trips some of the charter buses in the area sponsor. The beach is pretty nice and I love their boardwalk. I won $200 once in one of the casinos with a free voucher from buying a bus ticket. It was awesome!

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    9 years ago from New York

    Another great hub Jeannie! It has been a god awful winter with all the snow and cold. Even now here in NYC its still cloudy and unseasonable chilly for May (although the sun is finally out today). I can't wait for beach time. Funny enough, having grown up in NJ I have been to Atlantic City tons of times but never their beach. My parents and I would do Wildwood or Point Pleasant for the beach and then go into Atlantic City at night. When I go with friends its just to go clubbing and gambling lol. I didn't even know you could surf there. The casinos are gorgeous though, especially the Taj Mahal which is my favorite.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie Marie 

    9 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Oh, I so envy you. I absolutely love Virginia Beach. I haven't been there in a while. I think you can tell the photos are pretty old, too. Hehe. I go to Atlantic City more now since I can usually find a cheap bus ride to take me there.

    Thanks for the comment and the vote up!

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    9 years ago from Virginia

    Nicely done, seeing that I am writing this hub from Va Beach, I thank you for giving a shout out to my hometown...I love going to Ocean City when I want to leave town for the beach area that is just a little bit more south of Nags Head/Kitty Hawk/Corolla area..of Wright Brother fame..... and you have cottages versus hotels....great hub...and summer is coming fast....voted up


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