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  • Best Grandma’s Cooking Down the Shore

    Spiaggetta Restaurant
    spiaggettanj.com

    The handmade pasta and fresh-caught seafood dishes will have you feeling like you’re basking on the Italian coast. It’s a meal you’ll dream about all winter long.

  • Best Dinner on the Beach, Minus the Seagulls

    Chelsea Five Gastropub at Tropicana Atlantic City
    tropicana.net

    Watch the waves crash on the sand through gorgeous floor-to-ceiling beachfront windows. You’ll be able to enjoy your meal without worrying about a seagull making off with your jumbo lump crab cocktail.

  • Best Beachside Pools

    Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
    theborgata.com

    Borgata’s 7 world-class pools are perfect if you’re looking for total relaxation. Enjoy the private cabanas, poolside service, underwater music, sun and, of course, the cool Atlantic breeze.

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  • Best 8 am Doughnut Run

    Kohler’s Bakery
    kohlersbakery.com

    A big box of pastries from Kohler’s may be the only acceptable reason to set your alarm at the shore. Freshly made every morning, by the time Kohler’s Opens at 8 am, there’s already a line out the door.

  • Best Maryland Blue Claw Crabs

    Crab and Seafood Shack
    crabandseafoodshack.com

    We truly love the Jersey-fresh shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, lobster and flounder that taste like they were just hauled out of the ocean and put onto your plate at this Willdwood hotspot. But you also can’t go wrong with the Maryland blue claw crabs. Even if they’re not from our shore, they’re amazing.

  • Best Ocean Views from Your Balcony

    Every room at Ocean Club has a balcony with a breathtaking view of the Cape May surf. Take it all in with your morning coffee or just relax after a day at the beach. It’s the perfect spot with the perfect view.

  • Best Sweet Beach Bite

    Peace Pie
    peacepieworld.com

    This Cape May hotspot puts a little extra indulgence to their ice cream sandwiches by filling fresh-baked cookies with creamy ice cream and gooey pie filling. Flavors like lemon meringue and blueberry cobbler have our mouths watering already.

  • Best Dinner After the Beach

    Rio Station
    riostation.com

    After a long day of sun and sand, the last thing you want to think about is dinner. Leave it to Rio Station, where absolutely everything on the menu is a winner (don’t skip the cauliflower bites).

  • Most Mind-Blowing Brisket

    Henri’s Hotts
    bestbbqsj.com

    There aren’t enough adjectives in the world to express how good the BBQ is at this no-frills joint. Let the beef brisket transport you straight to the South.

  • SJ’s Most Iconic Snack

    Johnson’s Popcorn
    johnsonspopcorn.com

    Name something that tastes more like summer in South Jersey than the salty-sweet goodness of a perfect kernel of Johnson’s Popcorn. We’ll wait.

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  • Best Memorabilia

    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
    hardrockhotels.com

    What’s the next best thing to seeing your favorite rock god in concert? How about checking out Lady Gaga’s outlandish silk gown with ostrich-feather sleeves, Ed Sheeran’s “Joker” sneakers or Beyonce’s New York Fashion Week ensemble? From signed memorabilia to legendary instruments, Hard Rock houses one of the largest music collections around.

  • Best Place to Update Your Beach Wardrobe

    Christina’s Boutique
    shopchristinasboutique.com

    With the perfect breezy beach coverups, cute seaside rompers and sandals that can go from poolside to happy hour, Christina’s is the place to find your vacation wardrobe.

  • Best Hoagie Before Crossing the Bridge

    Sugar Hill Sub Shop
    eatsugarhillsubs.com

    A day on the beach will make you hungry, so you might want to pack a sandwich. Or better yet, pick up a made-to-order hoagie from Sugar Hill Sub Shop. And if you’re really hungry, get the Armie Bomb. That’s 9 ounces of prime steak, pepperoni, bacon and two kinds of cheese. Yup.

  • Best Beer Garden

    Morey’s Piers
    moreyspiers.com

    Need a break between rides? Grab one of the big picnic tables in Wilhelm’s Bier Garten at Mariner’s Pier and bite into some fried pierogies or a bratwurst sandwich. Be sure to wash it down with a pint of locally crafted beer. (The kids can wait a few more minutes for another turn on the Tilt A Whirl.)

  • Best Sand & Sandal Wedding

    The Grand Hotel
    grandhotel.com

    Stick your toes in the sand while you say “I do” under the sun. The beach and sundeck wedding ceremonies at The Grand provide a luxury seaside wedding experience for the most special day of your life.

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  • Best Fun on the Boardwalk

    Wildwood
    wildwoodsnj.com

    With 38 blocks – that’s two full miles – of shops, entertainment and food, there is always something to do on the Wildwood Boardwalk. Hit the amusement piers with their 100-plus rides, or just find a bench and people watch: it’s the Shore at its very best.

  • Best Bikes

    Zippy’s
    zippysbikes.com

    You can’t possibly stay at the Shore without wheels, and Zippy’s is the place to go for beach cruisers, tricycles and even electric scooters. You’ll be cruisin’ the boards in style.

  • Best Shots You Won’t Regret Later

    There’s something for everyone, especially if you’re looking for an energy boost or help with your detox plan. And the Wellness Hot Shot with apple cider vinegar, ginger, turmeric, lemon, cayenne pepper and local honey will have you recovered from – ahem – last’s night’s shots in no time.

  • Best Boat Ride

    Tuckerton Seaport
    tuckertonseaport.org

    Float leisurely down the bay on a free hour-long water ferry eco-tour. Don’t miss the 4:30 pm sunset sail from Tuckerton to Beach Haven for some gorgeous views on the water.

July 2020
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