Jersey Shore Beaches
I Found The Jersey Shore
The Jersey Shore is the best beach in the world I heard! Growing up in New York as a kid you were really lucky if you got to say "We went to the Jersey Shore on vacation". I wasn't sure where that was, but it sounded great. The water is so clear and clean. The sand so white and full of beautiful sea shells. The boardwalk is so much fun everyone would say.
Bruce Springsteen was singing all about it in his top songs. "Cause down the shore everything's all right....."
Finally a trip to well, Atlantic City, NJ. I went the year before it became a casino capital. It was still just a beautiful New Jersey beach with ocean as far as the eye can see, all the beautiful stories about the clean sand and fun on the boardwalk was true. Is Atlantic City, NJ the Jersey Shore?
A few years later we moved to New Jersey and I could not wait to get to the Jersey Shore again. How far is the house from the Jersey Shore I asked the realtor. She looked at me strangely. Where down the Shore she asked? I had no answer. I had to find out. Where is the Jersey Shore?
Now that I'm a Jersey girl I know the answer to that. We don't call it the Jersey Shore when we live here. It's the Shore. We don't go to the beach. We go "Down The Shore". It's never just a day at the beach or a visit to a boardwalk at the New Jersey Shore, it is memories forever, a chance to get away from the world, for me it is only 45 minutes away to make sand castles, find shells, dig in the beautiful sand, look at the beauty of the sky and ocean and be amazed at where they meet.
The Shore is the whole stretch of New Jersey along the Eastern seaboard and the term includes it's amazing and diverse resorts, towns and communities. From private beaches to casino and boardwalk night life, there is a "Shore Thing" for you and your family to be amazed at. I'm so happy to be able to share some memories "down the shore" with everyone and hope someday they can visit too.
I found the Jersey Shore. It's in my heart and in my mind and in my memories forever. Now that I found it, I can't wait to go back again and again.
Jersey Shore Coast
The New Jersey Shore Coast. From the sky to the ocean to the sand where you stand. I think it's the most beautiful harmony in nature. So many elements of the world uniting into one.
A Day At The Beach
Everyone In The Ocean
It gets crowded down the Shore in the summer and when we go we always get an early start. By the early morning hours die hard beach bunnies are all over the place. Whether they bring big chairs and umbrellas, sand chairs, blankets or towels everyone angles for their favorite spot in the sand at just the right distance from the ocean and other people.
No one goes to the Jersey Shore and can resist the ocean. Ocean swimmers are running in and jumping the waves to show off their skills. Small children are sitting right where the ocean water will run to after the waves are calm, in the just the right spot so it fills their sand castles and tickles their toes.
Older kids and not so show off adults are in up to their knees, ready to run and jump and dance away when the waves break oh so close near them. From senior citizens to tiny babies, everyone has their toes in the sand and the ocean.
Boardwalks down the beach have the greatest little souvineir shops I can never resist peaking into. Filled with t-shirts and sun hats and sea shells. Sea shell jewelry, boxes and even home decor filled with beach themes and fun memories to bring back home with you. Always a great reminder of a fun day down the shore or New Jersey vacation.
Beach theme art, signs and posters are great memories and fun home decor.
A yin yang styled sea shell necklace is perfect to honor the unity of the sun, sky, ocean and beach.
Dressing up for the beach is even cuter with sea shell ankle bracelets
If you love the beach, fishing or just love sea shells cute necklaces like these keep it close to your heart.
Beach Play For Kids
The Jersey Shore is just a giant amazing fun unlimited play area for children. Sand castles and moats, writing stories and drawing pictures in the sand. Big castles and little houses all with an area around it that will fill with water when the waves come in and magically empty again leaving bubbles and sea shells and giggles of delight.
Collecting sea shells of every shape and size and color, filling pails and jars and spending hours cleaning the shells with water from the ocean only to use them to dig some more sand!
Wedding On The Beach
New Jersey is famous for it's beach weddings. This is a photo taken by me at a wedding I was at down the Shore. The wedding ceremony was held right there on the Jersey Shore beach with the reception held in a nearby restaurant catering hall overlooking the ocean.
The beauty of the ocean and the fullness of the sky, the sights and smells and wonder of the beauty of nature - what a great way to get married. I wish them both everything they deserve.
Cruising Down The Shore
If you are lucky enough to have a boat you get to enjoy the Shore from both sides of the coastline. Friends of ours love their awesome boat and we were lucky enough to be invited to cruise the shore with them. The ocean so beautiful and sun tan lotion so slathered all over us.
We tied up a tube behind the boat and tubed our way around and around the ocean. My favorite part was throwing down the anchor and swimming the rest of the way to the beach where we shared a picnic lunch on the beach while the kids got a chance to build sand castles and collect sea shells.
New Jersey shore from the ocean to the beach beautiful all over.
Great Stuff To Bring Down The Shore
For the best possible day full of great memories, pack for your trip down the shore and be prepared. You will love having some beach towels, maybe a sand chair or two, me personally I like to have an umbrella, how about a great shade tent for the kids and a cooler packed with lunch and goodies and lots of fresh water.
You can never have too many towels on the beach. Go for the extra big and thick ones they are great to lay on and use for wiping off the sand.
For those who like to park themselves in the sand instead of laying down consider a sand chair. Easy on the back and you can keep on eye on the kids.
Beach umbrellas are a must for me, I need some shelter from the sun in between playing in the ocean, great to hook onto a sand chair too
Portable cool pop up beach tents provide some shelter from the sun for kids and grown ups
Insulated bags and coolers are a must. Pack lunch, pack goodies and don't forget lots of fresh water!
Jersey Sea Gulls
The first historical residents of the New Jersey Shore are always there. The Sea Gulls. They were there before we thought of going to the beach and are there when we visit, summer and winter they are there to greet you and I guess I haven't met all sea gulls around the world but these guys seem to really have that Jersey attitude and kind of greet your visit with a "How You Doing" kind of attitude!
They will come right down on the beach and try to beg some crumbs from your sandwich. Walk all over your feet on the boardwalk hoping for some funnel cake or fries and will come swooping down out of nowhere to share if they are really in the mood.
Fishing At The Jersey Shore
If you love Fishing, you want to head down the Shore for sure.
Ocean fishing, party boats, fishing charters or rent a small boat to go fishing in the inlets, the bays or any one of the wonderful rivers. Go surf fishing right off the rocks or the Piers to hook up with Blue Fish, Striped Bass and Fluke. Canals that connect rivers to bays are great places to spend the day relaxing and fishing.
Family fishing is awesome down at Barnegat Bay known for it's crabbing. It's the perfect set up for kids and adults to go crabbing and when the children are ready for play and the swings the adults can fish for some snapper and crabs.
Charter boats for fishing are incredible. There is day fishing, night fishing, overnight fishing. Big fish or little fish - head down the Shore!
This photo is my son-in-law who loves the charter boat fishing trips and caught some huge Tuna! And I thought it only came in cans LOL - I'm not the fishing expert in the family.
Jersey Shore Boardwalk
No summer is ever complete without at least one trip down the Shore to the Boardwalk. When we go it's usually in the afternoon and we don't hit the beach that day. We just go ready for so much fun overload it's exciting for the grandchildren and the adults.
The boardwalk is a whole world of it's own. Rides like of course a giant carousel, flying helicopters, choo choo trains and roller coasters both big and small mean lots of fun for everyone.
The arcades with "slot machines" that take tokens and give you tickets, the cool machines where you try to grab that stuffed animal you don't really need but want to get it anyway, skee ball is a family favorite and we are real competitive with my husband winning most of the tickets each trip so his granddaughters can get even bigger and cuter stuffed animals and prizes!
Shoot the water in the clown and blow up the balloon faster than anyone else in the crowd and win a prize! Toss the balls, fish for prizes, dunk the basketball and claim the prize of your choice. Fun Fun Fun.
Whew when you are done with that it's time to eat! Hot dogs and Pizza, ice cream and funnel cakes, french fries, cotton candy, and oh yeah the deep fried oreo cookies - something for everyone and everything for some!
This is a photo of one of our trips down the Shore to the Boardwalk at Point Pleasant, I'm trying to hold back my younger granddaughter while my older one is fishing for her prize with her Dad, but she is ready to go, go, go too!
Up Close and Personal With Ocean World
So much to down the Shore! How about a visit to the aquarium, Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant right on the Boardwalk is amazing fun for the whole family. Harbor seals, penguins and starfish and stingrays along with incredible fish big and small, exotic and local are waiting to greet you. Sharks and alligators and feeding shows all through the day in a really wonderful undersea environment.
They hold birthday parties and educational classes, meetings and even wedding receptions. It's a great place to visit because it's right at the boardwalk filled with games and arcades, rides, food and at night there are gorgeous fireworks.
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Come On Down The Shore
So grab some friends and get ready to join us "Down The Shore"! New Jersey is rebuilding and some beaches, hotels and boardwalks are announcing they are going to be open this summer!
I hope some day we get to see you there.
Shore Time Accessories For The Beach
Some things you just have to make sure you have packed for a beach day. Be sure everyone, kids included have a pair of sunglasses. Between the reflection of the sun on the sand and ocean without sunglasses your will end up "beach blind". Pack the sunscreen! Don't be shy about the sun tan lotion it's urgent that you have plenty on and keep re-applying a high SPF to protect yourself especially at the Shore. A sun hat is also a great idea, especially if you can find one with UV protection.
And don't forget to pack really important stuff like the shovels and pails to collect sea shells and make sand castles!
Sunglasses are a must for a day down the shore between the reflection off the ocean and the sand and the beautiful sun don't forget to pack them.
Grown ups should bring along a sun hat preferably with some UV protection - it gets hot out there on the beach and there's no hiding from the sun.
Smiles and Waves
Smiles of happiness, fun, adventure and relaxing down the Shore. The beach has a way of making all your troubles go away, at least for a little while. They wash away with the waves that circle around your ankles and go back out to the ocean taking a little bit of sand and time with them.
We all turn into kids down the Shore, so have a little fun. Dance a little beach dance. Play with the waves and make some more memories.
This is a photo of my daughter when she was younger during one of our trips down the Shore. Now she gets to go with us and her nieces and still acts just like this when she is playing in the waves.
Hurricane Sandy Devastates NJ
Hurricane Sandy October 29, 2012 wreaked destruction and devastation in the state of New Jersey. I know firsthand. I was there as were millions of others.
As a firefighter and Captain of our Fire Dept monitoring the storm's track and possible impact took on a whole new meaning. My bags were packed. My home and my children's homes as secured as they could be. I left home October 29th and did not return for quite a few days. I am about 30 miles inland from the Jersey Shore and the toll it took on my neighborhood was unprecedented. As the storm raged around us we responded to dozens and dozens of calls of trees crashing into homes, roofs collapsing. A major electrical sub station in our district literally blew up with a horrendous noise, huge flashes of flames and light that then knocked out all of the power within ours and the neighboring communities in just minutes. Flashes of light and flames could be seen anywhere as the effect moved through the neighborhoods. The wind was whipping up at about 50 to 60 mph at this point and the best we could do was put out spot fires as they happened, help residents leave homes that were damaged and dangerous. After one of the calls where a huge tree crashed through a family's home and we were driving back to the fire station, it was difficult for me to even drive the fire engine. Wind gusts at that time were sustained at about 75 mph, there were no lights or even traffic lights anywhere on the streets or roads, debris, uprooted trees, wood, garbage cans blowing through the air at us as though they were aiming for our truck. Thankfully we made it safely back to the fire station but remained in quarters for about an hour until the wind was back down to about 55 mph and we could more safely respond again.
Thankfully our fire department has a backup generator that immediately kicked in so that we could keep our equipment, radios and phones charged to keep up with the growing emergency calls. We were also able to watch TV and what we saw happening down the New Jersey Shore made us realize how much worse they were being hit by the storm. After a couple of hours power came back on to our Station and a very small portion of our district. My home stayed without power for almost a week so when I was able to go home to catch some sleep, check on my cats that I left tons of food and water for before I left, it was very cold and very dark here. But I was only home for a couple of hours at a time before the calls would begin again.
The next day after the storm with thousands of residents out of power, only two small stores had any power and would only accept cash because phone and cable lines were down, food was getting low and hard to get a hold of. Traffic lights were out so getting around even in emergency vehicles was a nightmare. We set up a charging station inside our firehouse where people could come and charge their phones and computers, sit for awhile and make calls, go online. We did this for about a week until all power in the area was restored.
A Disaster Recovery Station was set up outside our Fire Station. Our Police Dept in conjunction with our electrical utility company and FEMA sent truck loads of bottled water and bags of ice to us to distribute so people could at least have fresh water and ice to try and save some of the food they had in their homes and would hopefully be able to buy again soon. Crews manned the Recovery Station from early morning until late at night. By the second day, the weather now turned cold and we even had some snow. So did the Jersey Shore. Once again they were hit by bad weather and they were even more devastated than we were.
We made arrangements to send some of the trucks from FEMA loaded with pallets of bottled water down to the NJ Shore. We were contacted on Facebook and told how bad it was down there. Firefighters in that area lost trucks, gear and equipment but were worried about their community. We started collecting food and clothing donations and firefighters from the area made trips down to the New Jersey Shelters where it was desperately needed.
Photo is an area of the Recovery Station that stayed open night and day through some cold windy nights manned by both police and firefighters to make sure everyone who needed fresh water and ice were well stocked.
121212 Concert For Sandy Relief
When Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi get together to help, you know a miracle is about to happen. Those affected by Hurricane Sandy need a miracle of hope and these hometown artists came together to help out the victims of all the states affected. So many homes lost. Think about what that means. Nowhere to live, your personal possessions gone. Your children uprooted. Their schools wiped away. Pets lost and living in shelters. Families living in shelters. No heat, no fresh water, no food.
These three hometown heros and artists like Paul McCartney, Adam Sandler, The Who, Alicia Keyes, Billy Crystal, Eric Clapton, so many, many stars took the time to give back to their fans, to the USA, to the Jersey Shore donating their time and talent while people all of the USA, all over the world helped so many in need. Donations went to the Robin Hood Organization and you can read more about the concert and the foundation here: The Official 121212 Concert For Sandy Relief
The Concert For Sandy Relief donated millions of dollars into the Robin Hood Fund helping so many in need and so many people along the Jersey Shore.
Purchase of music from this concert either as CD or iTunes download still benefits victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Memories In The Sand
Memories in the sand down the Jersey Shore will stay with you for a life time. Leave your message for the ocean and for it to carry on the waves forever.
Whether you take pictures for your photo album or share them on Facebook, or don't take any at all those memories will be loved forever.
With memories like these, how could I not love a day at the beach, I mean down the shore!
Jersey Shore Music
So many songs by so many artists written about the Jersey Shore, some by artists who grew up by the shore, spent their years going to shore and some just fascinated by their trip to New Jersey.
Jersey Boys features all the great music based on the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - New Jersey Boys.
Bruce Springsteen is a New Jersey hometown hero and never forgets his roots and growing up in Asbury Park, NJ
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes became popular around the time of Bruce Springsteen and hailed from NJ too.
Have you ever had a chance to go Down The Shore or vacation at any one of the wonderful New Jersey Shore Resorts? We would love to know if your memories are as good as ours or maybe we changed your vacation plans for this summer!