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This next story is about the beach.......

Jersey Shore

a view of the beachJust about everyone has now heard of the Jersey shore because of the MTV reality series. The show focused exclusively on one beach town - Seaside Heights, NJ. Watching the show would lead one to believe the town is all about late nights, sleeping all morning and young-adults looking for company. Yet a lot of other people visit the beach in New Jersey that are not part of the scene portrayed by MTV. If they are not going to the shore to party, why are these people visiting Seaside Heights?

The most important attraction is of course the beach. While most people do not dream of a beach vacation in New Jersey (more like the Caribbean or Fiji!), it does have some really nice beaches. In Seaside you will find a wide swath of good sand and plenty of amenities nearby. In the summer there are also plenty of crowds, including a lot of younger people. If you want a beach with a commercial boardwalk that has more of a family crowd, you could try Point Pleasant Beach, which is just 10 miles from Seaside Heights. Just next door, if you just want the beach and no boardwalk, is Lavallette.

the Jersey Shore boardwalkThe biggest attraction besides the beach is the commercial boardwalk. It offers amusement rides, carnival like games of chance, food stands, shops and arcades. You can even fish from one of the piers’ that is built out over the ocean. Seaside Heights also has plenty of hotels and restaurants. You can easily find a place to stay and there are plenty of options to eat without having to graze on boardwalk food.

To take a break from the beach and boardwalk, you can stroll over to the bay and catch a nice sunset. Since it less than a mile from the ocean beach to the bay, no matter where you are in town the bay is not far away. There are some fishing docks where you can walk around or you could try your luck catching small fish or blue claw crabs. If you are into natural settings you could get out of town and visit Island Beach State Park. It is an undeveloped area that is only 5 miles from all the bright lights and pavement of Seaside.

These are just some of the highlights that show you what Seaside Heights has to offer. The Jersey shore is a lot more than you might expect after watching MTV!

boardwalk parade