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While many monied folks head to exclusive beach spots like the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard in summer, we’re thinking about the Jersey Shore for more affordable sand and sun on the East Coast. Don’t worry, we’ve no intention of hooking up with Snooki and her pals — instead, it’s off to the historic seaside resort town of Cape May. Just three hours from NYC and less than two from Philadelphia, this laid-back spot is a more affordable alternative for beachside cabanas, frosty cocktails, and boardwalk diversions. Here’s how to enjoy the destination without breaking the bank.
It’s no secret that Superstorm Sandy took a toll on the Jersey Shore. And with the Stronger than the Storm campaign in full swing (and a theme song that stays stuck in your head for days), some of the Jersey Shore’s most popular beaches, from Seaside Heights to Belmar, are back with more gusto than ever. But some of the Jersey Shore’s quieter, lesser known beach towns are alive and kicking, too. Here are four of our favorites “down the shore” for you to visit before the summer comes to a close.
With Victorian homes lining the streets and a picturesque lake in the center of town, Spring Lake couldn’t be further from the infamously rowdy, MTV version of the Jersey Shore. Hurricane Sandy wiped out the town’s boardwalk, but the new one erected in its place is ideal for early morning runs, walks, and bike rides. The boardwalk is void of any major commercial interests, save for a concession and gift shop run by the town, and the beaches are clean, well-maintained, and attended by families and more low-key beach goers. Be prepared to shell out $10 for a pass, but it’s worth it to relax on this lovely beach. Read more
Ahhh…the family beach vacation. It’s as all-American as apple pie, a time-honored tradition where some of the best childhood memories are made. Everyone has their favorite sands, but when it comes to family-friendly options, not all are created equal. We’ve picked 10 great family beaches across the country that parents and kids alike are guaranteed to love – whether for their gentle surf, range of activities, sand-castle potential, or educational elements. So gather the gang and pack up the SPF and beach ball – it’s time to take the clan to the sand! Get a preview of our favorite shores with our Family Beaches slideshow.
The approach of the holiday season brings to mind lots of cozy things: hot chocolate, fireplaces, watching the snow fall as evergreen-scented candles fill the air. But for the thousands of people in the Northeast displaced or severely affected by Hurricane Sandy, the holiday season threatens to be much less comfortable than usual. As you think of where you might travel this holiday season, we urge you to consider offers that not only cost you less but also give back to those who have recently lost so much.
Enjoy the bright lights and bustling casinos of Atlantic City. When you stay for two nights at the Showboat Mardi Gras Casino in February, you’ll get the third night free – which means you’ll pay as little as $36 per night for 3 nights, and save 33%.
The Showboat is a 1300-room, New Orleans-themed hotel and casino located on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. Try your luck in the 24-hour casino, walk down the Boardwalk, or relax in your Orleans Deluxe room. Dine at some of the many hotel restaurants including the authentic French Quarter Buffet, which boasts traditional Cajun and Louisiana specialty dishes. Even the House of Blues Atlantic City is located right inside the hotel, which offers nightly entertainment or concerts and an in-house restaurant.
THE VALUE: Save 33% at this Atlantic City Hotel & Casino, where you’ll find no shortage of activities and entertainment.
THE CATCH: Some blackout dates apply.
THE DETAILS: Visit the Showboat Mardi Gras Atlantic City and choose the “Buy 2 Nights, Get the Third Night Free” promotion or enter the code B2GO.
Snooki and The Situation might be shooting season 4 of “Jersey Shore” in Italy, but you can still party like the reality stars in the state that originally made them famous. CheapOAir.com has rooms at the Berkely Oceanfront Resort – a boutique luxury property in Asbury Park, NJ – from as little as $129/night. Guests bed down in brightly hued, mod rooms, score access to the on-site pool and fitness center, and are steps from the town’s historic Paramount Theatre.
THE VALUE: In peak summer season, the same standard room sells for $249/night.
THE CATCH: Act fast: The lowest rates are available from May 17 to 24.
THE DETAILS: Click here to book through CheapOair.com.
WE’VE GOT MORE: See our New Jersey Travel Guide for general trip-planning information, then use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights and more deals to the shore.
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