Hot Spot New Jersey BeachesTuesday, June 12, 2012 By Jill Baldauf ''15
Many people at Montgomery High school complain about the fact there is nothing to do in New Jersey. While most of the time that would be true, lack of beaches is not something we can complain about. New Jersey has 63 public beaches, all different in their own ways. Some beaches like Wildwood, Seaside Heights, and Point Pleasant are known for their fun boardwalk and night life, while others like Long Beach Island and Cape May are great for family vacations. The beaches are all relatively close, too! Point Pleasant is only an hour and thirty minutes away and there is a boardwalk with rides, an aquarium, restaurants and more. Belmar and Spring Lake are both a little over an hour. These are great beaches if you’re in the mood for a day trip because they are so close to us. The furthest beaches you can go to are Cape May and Wildwood, which are about two and a half hours away. I have interviewed a few MHS students whose names will remain anonymous about what their favorite beaches are and why. The first interviewee said “My favorite beach is called Avon. It is my favorite because it’s clean and the sand is really nice and white. It also has a fun boardwalk”. Another student said “I like Beach Haven, a town on Long Beach Island because it’s smaller than most New Jersey beaches I have been to and the water is warmer, in my opinion”. Another person who enjoyed LBI said it was “because there’s a bunch of fun things to do like the shopping, boating, arcades and parks. The beach is really nice and not too far of a drive”. The next person said “I like Island Beach State Park because it is very beautiful and natural. It is a government owned beach so no one can ruin the beauty of the dunes and forests surrounding it.” A person who enjoys the Point Pleasant beach said “In my opinion it is one of the nicest and cleanest beaches in New Jersey. I also like the fact that at night you can go on the boardwalk and have lots of fun. It is by far my favorite”. Some other favorites were, Belmar, Lavallette, Spring Lake, Wildwood, Cape May, Sea Isle, and more. There are all these fun beaches in New Jersey so close to us, so now that the weather is getting nicer go with your family and/or friends for a day trip to the beach. It is cheap and easy, all you have to do is pay for a beach badge. Don’t forget your sunscreen!