As local travel experts, we know what travelers are looking for when it comes to finding the perfect accommodations for their next trip. To compile our lists, we scour the internet to find properties with excellent ratings and reviews, desirable amenities, nearby attractions, and that something special that makes a destination worthy of traveling for.
Looking for your next Garden State getaway? New Jersey may be a small state, but there’s a lot of variety to be found in its vacation rentals, from riverfront homes to beachfront cottages and mountainside cabins. We’ve found the
best places to stay in New Jersey for all sorts of occasions and budgets, whether you’re traveling with a big group or looking for a quiet couples’ retreat.
Best Affordable Places to Stay in New Jersey
It can be challenging to find budget-friendly accommodations that still have lots of character and comfort. If you’re looking for vacation rentals in New Jersey that won’t break the bank, these are some of the best options on the more affordable end of the scale. 1. River Retreat, Stockton Location: Stockton, New Jersey Size: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4), 1 full bath Price: $160/night Amenities: Beach chairs, beach towels, fire pit, ping-pong table Ratings: 4.9 stars
This property’s eclectic decor and location right on the Delaware River make it a memorable stay, with a
private, two-bedroom apartment
and your own deck where you can sit and watch wildlife on the river. In addition to the usual basic amenities such as heating, air conditioning, and WiFi, you’ll also have access to beach chairs and towels, a fire pit, and entertainment options like a ping-pong table. The property has easy access to hiking, biking, and kayaking as well. Located in Hunterdon County, you’ll be close to
, one of the most charming small towns in the state with a main street full of unique shops worth exploring. Or you can simply spend all your time relaxing at the
, enjoying the bucolic setting and gorgeous river views.
2. Seaside Heights Apartment, Seaside Heights
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751, USA
Location: Seaside Heights, New Jersey Size: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 5), 1 full bath Price: $132/night Amenities: Linens provided, AC, Wi-Fi, grill, and patio Ratings: 4.7 stars
beautifully furnished two-bedroom apartment
is just a half mile from the Seaside Boardwalk, making it a great location for exploring the best of Seaside Heights. You’ll have access to a patio and grill, along with a full kitchen with all new appliances. A bright and cheerful little apartment, it’s the perfect home base for enjoying the Jersey shore at its best. Walk the boardwalk and check out Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, an amusement park and waterpark, then spend some relaxing time on the beach. Four beds (which in total sleep five people) and the proximity to all the boardwalk fun make this
Seaside Heights apartment
a fantastic choice for families in particular.
3. Beachfront Regency Condo, North Wildwood
North Wildwood, NJ 08260, USA
Location: North Wildwood, New Jersey Size: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4), 1 full bath Price: $117/night Amenities: Swimming pool, AC, Wi-Fi, grill, and parking Ratings: 5.0 stars
Waking up every morning to the sound of the waves of the ocean and the breathtaking view from your balcony is truly a dream come true. This
at the Regency Tower is nothing short of amazing. This rental has central air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, and a full bath. The Regency Tower also offers excellent amenities, including a heated rooftop swimming pool, a spacious sun deck with umbrellas, and BBQ grills. If you're looking for a place to stay in the Wildwoods, this is the place to be!
Best Places to Stay in New Jersey for Families
Families have their pick of where to stay in New Jersey, with lots of great rentals that make for a memorable family vacation. We’ve chosen some of our favorites to feature.
4. Adorable Beach House, Villas
Villas, Lower Township, NJ, USA
Location: Villas, New Jersey Size: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 8), 2 full baths Price: $300/night Amenities: Beach tags, beach chairs, and umbrella provided Ratings: 4.8 stars
Another Villas rental, this
adorable beach house
located within a short walk of the Delaware Bay is fully updated and perfectly sized for families. It features a master bedroom with a king-sized bed and its own master bath, along with bunk beds in the second bedroom (one full-sized bed on the bottom and a twin-sized bed on the top bunk). The cheerful beachy decor and bright, roomy kitchen will make you feel right at home. Hang out on the deck and grill in between adventures to nearby Wildwood and Cape May, and bring along the family dog – this rental is pet-friendly.
5. Chadwick Cottage, Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove, Neptune Township, NJ 07756, USA
Location: Ocean Grove, New Jersey Size: 4 bedrooms (sleeps 7), 2 full baths, 1 half bath Price: $440/night Amenities: Beach towels, badges, and umbrellas provided, games and entertainment provided Ratings: 5 stars
Located right in the heart of Ocean Grove, this
historic Queen Anne Victorian home
is a one-of-a-kind. It sleeps seven, so it’s great for bigger families, and although the price tag is a little higher, it’s also one of the more memorable stays you’re likely to have, with details like stained glass windows and beautiful historic décor. One reviewer remarked that staying at
was "like living on a movie set." And the location can’t be beat – it’s a two-minute walk to Ocean Grove’s quaint Main Avenue, and just a five-minute walk to lively Asbury Park, home of the famous Stone Pony where Bruce Springsteen got his start. Long Branch, with its fine dining options, is also close by. Along with the typical free WiFi and other basic amenities, beach badges to Ocean Grove Beach, as well as chairs, umbrellas, towels, and a beach rolling cart are all provided for your convenience.
6. Lakefront Retreat, Hewitt
Hewitt, West Milford, NJ 07421, USA
Location: Hewitt, New Jersey Size: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 6), 1 full bath, 1 half bath Price: $400/night Amenities: Lake access including private dock, complimentary use of two kayaks and two stand-up paddleboards Ratings: 5 stars
If lakefront living is more your style, you’re in luck. This
is a luxurious escape located right on Greenwood Lake with its own private dock. It sleeps six people and offers breathtaking views right from the living room window or from the second-story balcony. In the spring, summer, and fall, you can make use of the two complimentary kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, go fishing, or rent a powerboat nearby. In the winter, go ice skating on the lake or head to nearby ski mountains for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. There are also multiple golf courses nearby. This is an all-season retreat that’ll leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Best Romantic Places to Stay in New Jersey for Couples
These Garden State getaways offer peace and quiet along with plenty of beautiful scenery and activities to enjoy. Waterfront views, mountainside solitude, and more await. 7. Downtown Ocean View Duplex, Highlands Location: Highlands, New Jersey Size: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 6), 2 full baths Price: $512/night Amenities: AC, grill, free Wi-Fi, ocean view, washer, and dryer Ratings: 4.8 stars
If you're looking for a perfect vacation spot in downtown Highlands, look no further than this
. The sunny ambiance and private balcony are perfect for unwinding after a fun day at the beach. The open-plan living area is stylish and comfortable, with plenty of natural light through the large windows. The fully equipped kitchen and dining area are perfect for entertaining, and the luxurious bedrooms offer deluxe comforts for a good night's sleep. And if you're in the mood for a BBQ, head down to the fully fenced backyard and enjoy dining under the stars.
8. Lakefront Romantic Getaway, Galloway Location: Galloway, New Jersey Size: 1 bedroom (sleeps 4), 1 full bath Price: $179/night Amenities: Bikes, kayaks, pedal boat, cornhole, lawn darts, and other outdoor amenities Ratings: 4.9 stars
In a quiet corner of Galloway, yet just a short drive from bustling Atlantic City, you’ll find this charming
Lakefront Romantic Getaway
tucked away in the woods. A deck facing the 30-acre lake offers plenty of space to relax and take in the views of the lake and wildlife - which include local resident swans Ziggy and Rocky. A two-mile walking trail is accessible from the property, and perks like bikes, a pedal boat, and kayaks are provided for more outdoor fun. You can even make a reservation for a massage in your home by Peace Massage and Wellness. Ten miles away in Atlantic City, there’s plenty of nightlife to enjoy, or you can just sit back and relax in this quiet lake community.
9. Historic Mountain Home, Vernon Location: Vernon, New Jersey Size: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 6), 1 full bath Price: $228/night Amenities: Fire pit, free outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, etc nearby Ratings: 4.9 stars
In bucolic northwest New Jersey, located adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, you’ll find the aptly named
Historic Mountain Home
. This charming little mountainside home offers serenity and recreation, all in a rustic yet comfortable and modern setting. The home was originally built in the 1800s and is furnished with all kinds of charming antiques, including a deep claw-foot tub for a relaxing bubble bath. This area of New Jersey is particularly known for its outdoor recreational opportunities. In the fall, go apple picking at local orchards. In the winter, visit the
ski resort, which also has a waterpark available in the summertime. Hiking trails in Sussex County are beautiful year-round, lakes abound, and no matter the season there’s plenty to do. It's also just a little over an hour from NYC!
Best Places to Stay in Atlantic City
Whether you’re there to check out the casinos, visit the amusement park, or just stroll the historic boardwalk and relax on the beach, Atlantic City has something for everyone. Families can enjoy Steel Pier Amusement Park along with beautiful beaches that are free to the public, and there are always plenty of options for entertainment.
10. Beachy Modern House, Atlantic City Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey Size: 5 bedrooms (sleeps 15), 4 full baths Price: $479/night Amenities: Fireplace, grill, beach chairs and towels, parking Ratings: 4.9 stars
I can't help but imagine how wonderful it would be to sip a cocktail on the porch of this
beautiful beach house
. The old-world charm mixed with modern amenities creates a fun and stylish atmosphere. The spacious kitchen and dining room make entertaining a breeze, while the comfortable beds ensure a restful night's sleep. And let's not forget about the back deck and fenced-in yard - perfect for hosting summer BBQs with a large table and a gas grill.
11. Corner Beach House, Atlantic City Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey Size: 4 bedrooms (sleeps 16), 4 full baths, 1 half bath Price: $610/night Amenities: Sauna, two-car garage Ratings: 4.9 stars
If you’re looking to splurge on a luxurious Atlantic City getaway with stunning ocean views for a large family or a group of friends, look no further than the
Corner Beach House
. This four-bedroom house sleeps 16 and features a sauna attached to the master bedroom. It’s right across the street from the beach and not far from casinos and other entertainment options, like the Atlantic City Aquarium. You’ll find some of the best oceanfront views in Atlantic City here at the Corner Beach House, which you can enjoy right from your window or private deck.
12. Top End Townhouse, Atlantic City Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey Size: 3 bedrooms (sleeps 12), 3 full baths Price: $311/night Amenities: Rooftop deck with city skyline views, whirlpool spa, two-car garage Ratings: 4.8 stars
Perfect for a large group or family, the
Top End Townhouse
sleeps a total of 12 people with three bedrooms and three full baths. A rooftop deck offers stunning views of the city and makes for the perfect place to grill and take in the city skyline. All of the amenities of a luxury hotel are provided, in addition to a two-car garage, a whirlpool spa, and plenty of entertainment options. The townhouse is close to the beach and boardwalk as well as to multiple well-known Atlantic City casinos, so you’ll be right in the middle of the action.
13. The Lucky Beach House, Atlantic City Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey Size: 4 bedrooms (sleeps 14), 4 full baths Price: $879/night Amenities: Hot tub, pet-friendly, ocean view, parking, spa whirlpool, grill Ratings: 4.9 stars
Are you looking for the perfect beach house rental for your next family vacation? Look no further than
The Lucky Beach House
! With a beautiful backyard patio area complete with a large propane BBQ, grilling out has never been easier. The beach house has a fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops, an island, and high-end appliances for all your cooking needs. The home is also just steps from the beach and popular attractions, making it the ultimate beach vacation experience.
Best Places to Stay in Cape May
Famous for its pristine beaches and Victorian architecture, historic Cape May is one of the best vacation towns in the state. Visitors from all over the world come here to the southernmost point of New Jersey to enjoy the surf, sand, and unique charm of this enchanting resort town.
14. West End Getaway, Cape May Location: Cape May, New Jersey Size: 4 bedrooms (sleeps 8), 2 full baths Price: $277/night Amenities: Fenced private yard, outdoor shower Ratings: 4.7 stars
Close to the West End Garage shopping mall, this beautiful
West End Getaway
is in a prime location for enjoying small-town life in Cape May. You’ll be close to shops and restaurants, with a park right across the street. Poverty Beach and Cape May are only 0.3 miles away, and the property includes access to a Beach Box where you can conveniently store your beach items during your stay. Four bedrooms sleeping eight people total makes this a good choice for families or a group of friends. When you’re not exploring the town, relax on the covered front porch or in the fenced backyard.
15. The Whalers Cottage, Cape May Location: Cape May, New Jersey Size: 4 bedrooms (sleeps 10), 3 full baths, 1 half bath Price: $500/night Amenities: Outdoor shower, gas grill, patio, beach tags, smart TV Ratings: 4.9 stars
is a historic property that was recently painstakingly restored with plenty of modern comforts. It features four bedrooms that can sleep a total of 10 people, and has three full baths and one half bath. Enjoy grilling on the patio, and make use of the beach tags provided to all visitors. Inside, modern decor combines with older pieces said to be from the original whalers who once lived in Cape May, making this a truly unique stay. It’s convenient to many Cape May attractions, and only a half mile from the beach.
16. The Empress, Cape May Location: Cape May, New Jersey Size: 8 bedrooms (sleeps 22), 8 full baths, 2 half baths Price: $765/night Amenities: Home movie theatre, complete with functional popcorn cart Ratings: 4.9 stars
This stunning Victorian is on the pricier side for sure, but it also sleeps 22, so you can split the cost with friends or family. The décor is impressively ornate, and the Victorian dolls throughout are a unique touch that’s sure to make your stay memorable.
even features its own private movie theatre in the basement – including a functional popcorn cart. Just two blocks from the beach and close to other attractions like Jackson Street, Congress Hall, and the Washington Mall, this Victorian gem is perfectly located for exploring Cape May.
17. Waterfront Historic Boat House, Cape May Location: Cape May, New Jersey Size: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4), 2 full baths Price: $475/night Amenities: TV, AC, washer, dryer, parking, beach chairs, waterfront Ratings: 4.7 stars
is perfect for a comfortable stay. With two bedrooms, a living room, and a waterfront deck, you will have plenty of room to relax and unwind. If you like cooking, the kitchen has everything you need, including cookware, a blender, and a coffee maker. But if you prefer to dine out, multiple restaurants and bars are within walking distance. You'll also have access to four beach chairs and bicycles, making it easy to explore the area at your leisure.
Have you spent the night at any of these one-of-a-kind accommodations in New Jersey? What are your favorite New Jersey rentals? Do you have a favorite on this list? Our favorite is the
Waterfront Historic Boat House in Cape May – how about you? Let us know! We’d love to hear your thoughts.
For more ideas about where to stay in the Garden State, check out these eight
unique cabins in New Jersey.
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The Best Places To Stay In New Jersey
What are the best unique hotels in New Jersey?
boutique hotels to charming inns to luxury resorts with hot tubs and indoor pools, there are plenty of New Jersey hotels that aren’t your typical Marriott, Hilton, or Hyatt. Whether you want to be close to NYC or Newark, stay at the Jersey shore, or explore the New Jersey countryside, there’s something for everyone.
Some of the most unique hotels in
New Jersey include:
The 1856 Historical Rowhouse,
Jersey City Nassau Inn,
Princeton Grand Cascades Lodge,
Whistling Swan Inn, Stanhope
Feather Nest Inn, Cherry Hill
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unique New Jersey hotels.
Where are the most unique getaways in New Jersey?
Whether you prefer the shore, the mountains, or city life, there are plenty of unique places to escape to in New Jersey. Some lesser-known New Jersey getaway locations include:
Sussex County: A rural setting that’s home to tons of outdoor recreation opportunities
Morristown: Rich in history and with plenty of fun dining options, and just an hour by train to NYC
Lavallette: A smaller beach town located between the more popular Point Pleasant and Seaside
If you’re looking for more ideas, check out these five best places to visit in New Jersey to get started on planning your next trip. And if you’re looking for a unique and possibly quieter getaway in New Jersey, try visiting one of these charming New Jersey small towns .
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