1. How was the Jersey Shore affected by Superstorm Sandy? The storm that struck the Jersey Shore in November, 2012 was the worst storm to hit New Jersey in many years.
Areas from Atlantic City south, including Ocean City, Wildwood, Sea Isle City, Avalon, Stone Harbor and Cape May were spared the worst of Sandy’s wrath. Most beaches only suffered minor or moderate erosion and are now in excellent condition. All Atlantic and Cape May County boardwalks and promenades were virtually untouched by the storm and are open to visitors. The world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk was well-protected by sand dunes and only suffered damage to an unused area northeast of the Revel casino that was already scheduled for demolition. Most restaurants, hotels, motels, casinos and bed-and-breakfast inns in those ares were not seriously damaged.
The worst damage from Hurricane Sandy occurred north of Atlantic City, including Brigantine, Long Beach Island, Seaside, Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant, Asbury Park and Atlantic Highlands. Many beaches, boardwalks, hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfast inns and restaurants in those areas were severely damaged. Most ares should be ready for visitors in 2015. Visitors are advised to confirm conditions before booking vacations in those areas.
2. Which airport should I use to get to the Jersey Shore?
Three airports are within a one-hour drive of the Jersey Shore: Atlantic City International Airport, Philadelphia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.
From Atlantic City Airport it’s just a short taxi ride to Atlantic City or Ocean City. From Philadelphia Airport you can take a train to the city and then a train to Atlantic City or a bus to anywhere on the Jersey Shore. From Newark Airport it’s best to take a bus or a taxi to New York City or Newark and then a bus or train to the Jersey Shore.
Of course, car rentals are available at all three airports. By car, Atlantic City is about fifteen minutes from Atlantic City Airport; one hour from Philadelphia Airport and two hours from Newark Airport.
3. Which airlines fly non-stop to Atlantic City International Airport?
Spirit Airlines flies to Atlantic City from five airports in Florida plus Boston and Atlanta; Air Canada flies to Atlantic City from Toronto (seasonally); and Choice Aire has flights to Atlantic City from Miami and Nashville.
4. Are there any small airports near the beaches for private planes to fly into?
Yes, there are four small airports very close to the Jersey Shore beaches: Eagles Nest Airport, Ocean City Municipal Airport, Woodbine Airport and Cape May County Airport.
5. Which Jersey Shore towns have boardwalks?
Full-scale boardwalks are located in Asbury Park, Belmar, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights, Atlantic City, Ventnor, Ocean City, North Wildwood and Wildwood. Smaller “promenades” are found in Sea Isle City and Cape May.
6. Which Jersey Shore towns have no beach fee?
The following Jersey beaches have no beach fee: Highlands, Atlantic City, Strathmere, North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. Beach tags are not needed after 4pm or for children under 12 years old. All beaches are free from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
7. Where is the best shopping at the Jersey Shore?
There are three major shopping malls at the Jersey Shore: Hamilton Mall (Atlantic County), Monmouth Mall (Monmouth County) and Ocean County Mall. Atlantic City also has quality shopping at Tanger Outlets and at The Playground shops at Caesars.
8. Is there anything to do in Atlantic City besides gambling?
Atlantic City offers many things to do besides gambling. There are several museums, such as the Atlantic City Historical Museum and the Atlantic City Art Museum as well as attractions like the Atlantic City Aquarium and the Absecon Lighthouse. Of course you can shop ’till you drop at the outlet stores at Tanger Outlets or the more expensive stores at The Playground shops at Caesars. For family fun, try the amusement rides at Steel Pier. Of course, the beach and the ocean provide an endless array of fun things to do like surfing, parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing and fishing.
9. Where can personal watercraft be rented?
Personal watercraft, such as Jet Skis and Waverunners can be rented in back bays all along the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Some of the best spots are in the inlet between Atlantic City and Brigantine, the back bay in Wildwood and the inlet between Cape May and Wildwood Crest.
10. Are there a good non-casino restaurants in Atlantic City?
Absolutely! Restaurants like Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern, Doc’s Oyster House, the Knife & Fork, Angeloni’s II and Chef Vola were top-notch establishments in Atlantic City long before casino gambling arrived in 1978. Cafe 2825 and Girasole are also great non-casino restaurants. For casual dining, try the Baltimore Grill near the Tropicana, the Irish Pub just off the Boardwalk on St. James Place or the famous White House Sub Shop near Caesars.