The Jersey Shore's Best Bets

From Belmar to Cape May, our expert Shore insiders have the scoop on what's hot this summer.

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I’ll confess that we’ve ignored the obvious in recent years. But Shore guides are all over the place in May and June. And, besides, what’s so local about New Jersey—a place where you still can’t pump your own gas?

Hence, we’ve mostly eschewed such seasonal destination coverage in our recent Summer Fun guides in favor of stuff closer to home. Encouraging folks to get out more around here is something we do on a monthly basis in our Main Events section. And while it is a noble cause, it’s not always realistic. Many Main Liners, after all, spend a notable portion of June-September a few hours away, whether it’s a long weekend at a Cape May B&B, a weekly July 4 rental in Margate or a month straight on Seven Mile Island.

Or, if you’re like one of the fortunate local moms we profile in our Shore Guide, you have a house of your own—and you don’t have to rent it half the summer to cover the mortgage and those astronomical property taxes. These lucky Main Line ladies give us the rundown on how they spend their summers by the beach in what I must admit is our first real Shore Guide in quite a while.

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