I rose out of bed this morning and realized it was going to be one of those perfect beach days. Out went the texts to family and friends “who wants to go to the beach?” Let’s head to the Jersey Shore!!

           So many beaches, so many options – how is a person to choose? Let me help…..

           Let’s start with Spring Lake, my home base, renowned as one of our most prestigious towns. Tree lined streets, classic homes with wrap around porches, a vibrant downtown with upscale as well as cafe restaurants, charming boutique shops, a Theatre and Library, many lovely B &B’s and of course a pristine beach with a two mile Boardwalk. Spring Lake has so many historical homes they make events every year – House Tour, Kitchen Tour, Garden Tour.

           Sea Girt, a charming community by the Sea is just South of Spring Lake. A square mile of absolute charm. Beautiful homes, manicured lawns, a small downtown, the infamous Parker House Restaurant, two B & B’s, a handful of restaurants and a pristine beach and boardwalk. Sea Girt prides themselves on the ambiance you see as you drive in, the family makeup of its residents and the quiet atmosphere.

           Changing courses we head just north of Spring Lake to Belmar. Here is where the families and young adults come to life. Lots of activity at the beaches, a number of restaurants along Ocean Avenue, a downtown filled with restaurants, breakfast options and boutiques’. There is an active Marina with Inlet access to the Ocean and bars to enjoy the sunsets. Want a place for the kids too – this is it!

           Shifting gears once again we drive into Bradley Beach. Bradley is a very popular town for families. A little quieter than Belmar with some of the charm of Spring Lake, the downtown also offers quite a few dining options. A testament to its appeal is houses sell in just days after hitting the market. This boardwalk even has a mini-golf and evening movies.

           A final tour takes you to two of our most eclectic towns, Ocean Grove and Asbury Park. Ocean Grove was developed many years ago as a religious retreat. The Great Auditorium has not only religious programs but popular concerts and speakers. It is something to experience. The community if filled with Victorian homes in colors of pink, purple, green and blue. The main street is tree lined and filled with shops and dining. Events go on all year long. Of course, there is a beach too! Asbury Park has become a dining destination; I could give you a list of my favorites. Not only do they line Cookman Avenue but a few are right on the Boardwalk. The new Asbury Hotel Oceanside has a rooftop bar. Like Springstein, he often comes back to play The Stone Pony to play!

           As you can see, each town has a charm of its own and I only touched on a few. There are many towns north and south of us worth experiencing. Consider putting a trip to the beautiful Jersey Shore on your bucket list – you will not be disappointed!