Think you know what the Jersey Shore has in store for you? These hotels, all bookable with Culture Trip, will show you that beachgoers and beach-no-ers can have just as much fun on the edge of the Garden State.
The Jersey Shore, New Jersey, is such a popular seaside getaway that it’s easy to forget what’s beyond the beaches. Foodies will find some of the best restaurants and bars in the country between Long Branch and Cape May, while art galleries, mom-and-pop stores and attractions ranging from a retro arcade to a World War II observation tower make Jersey Shore deserving of both waterside and inland exploration.
Breathe in seaside bliss and relaxation at the spa at the Wave Resort. If you’re long overdue for some much-needed pampering, start off with a black-sand and pumice scrub followed by a replenishing body scrub and massage. Float down to the salon and let the stylists get you ready for a night out on the Jersey Shore. Don’t worry about staying out too long; the fitness center or swim-up bar at the pool will give you the boost you need to make it through the next morning.
Let the Bungalow Hotel paint you a picture of what the art of hospitality should look like – oversized rooms with fireplaces, expansive window walls, and large soaking tubs with ocean views. The rotating art gallery at the Bungalounge invites you to grab a glass of vino and offer your review of the best local masterpieces. You can keep up the artsy theme with lunch at Art of Salad around the corner – the homemade chicken noodle soup and autumn harvest salads are delicious.
Prefer to get your view of the Jersey Shore from the water? Hotel LBI has a marina where you can rent a boat for a day spent topside. When you’re not scouting the best fishing and crabbing spots in Manahawkin Bay, kick back in the Boatyard Beer Garden with lawn games, cold brews, and the catch of the day grilled to your liking. Don’t get too comfortable on land, though; your hosts are standing by to schedule surfing lessons for you the following morning.
Lakeside or beachside? Historic vibes or modern amenities? Close to the action or far from the noise? If you’re asking, “why not both?” the Hewitt Wellington was designed for you. This historic lakeside hotel is only two blocks from the ocean and the main throughway of Spring Lake, though the calm surrounding the hotel pool and lakeside fishing area will make you feel miles from the boutique shops and chic cafes.
Enviously elegant and stylish, Inn on Main is a must-stay for those who plan on shopping, dining and maybe finding a little time to check out the beach. Warm rooms with fireplaces, high ceilings and spacious bathrooms sit above Blend Bistro, one of the best restaurants in the area. The shoreline is only a mile away, but you could just as soon visit the Manasquan River Golf Club or a half-dozen other greens within a 5mi (8km) radius if you prefer the company of eagles to seagulls.
The Asbury is a buzzing hotel that social butterflies of any age should migrate to on the Jersey Shore. The bright and stylish décor, live music in the lobby bar, and communal areas around the pool were designed for visitors to mix and mingle. Events on the rooftop, including movie screenings and exercise classes, bring people together under the sun and stars. Should you and your new friends seek a little friendly competition, the pins are set for a few fun frames at Asbury Lanes bowling alley.
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If you’re a wellness warrior, you can unwind at Asbury Ocean Club without ruining your healthy routine. You’re welcome to work out some knots with massages in the spa, though we suggest taking advantage of the complimentary fitness classes. Throughout the weekend, guided shoreline runs, tai chi classes, yoga sessions and other invigorating activities are on the schedule. If you can’t make a class, the fitness center has everything you need for a great vacation workout.
If you’ve had your fill of beach bars and beach balls, let the Grenville Hotel & Restaurant open your eyes to the other unique experiences of the Jersey Shore. Simple yet elegant rooms and dining give the hotel a homey feel, while the location tempts you to visit diverse attractions. From the Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey to the Jenkinson’s Aquarium and the South Beach Arcade, you can fill your schedule with hours of fun without touching the sand.
An affordable and convenient Jersey Shore vacation is within reach at Blue Creek Inn. All rooms include a microwave and refrigerator, ideal for prepping snacks to enjoy beside the outdoor pool. Low nightly rates are only rivaled by the central location of the hotel: within a few minutes, you can visit Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore, as well as great hiking trails at Double Trouble State Park. Or would you rather have a little indoor R&R without venturing far from your room? The Oyster Creek Brewing Company next door has chill vibes on tap.
Who said summer was the only season for sun seekers? If you’re a winter warrior who loves the Jersey Shore every day of the year, ICONA Diamond Beach has a room for you. As one of the few year-round hotels in the Wildwood Crest area – it also sits on one of the few private beaches in New Jersey – ICONA is the place to stay if you want to explore the best of South Jersey Shore without the summertime crowds.
What’s better than cruising the Jersey Shore with your four-legged friend beside you? Treat your dog to an exciting weekend on the beach at Marquis de Lafayette Hotel. All pet-friendly suites are located on the first floor, giving your pup instant access to the beaches during the off-season months. The Cape May Dog Park is only a 10-minute walk into the Historic District, while the Rusty Nail, a short stroll down the shoreline, has a doggie menu full of chicken, beef and all-natural treats.
These recommendations were updated on May 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.