The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You New Jersey Like Never Before

New Jersey offers an abundance of beautiful beaches. Our neighbors from surrounding states love to take advantage of that (as do we) and the shores in towns like Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, Asbury Park, Ocean City, and Wildwood can get pretty crowded. One way to avoid throngs of tourists is to visit some of our more serene beaches without big commercial boardwalks. These beaches will provide a wonderful escape and some relaxation. Here are a few of the best hidden NJ beaches where you’ll probably be able to find a spot on the sand.

The hidden NJ beaches offer oodles of fun in the sun, particularly at these hidden destinations. Which of these scenic spots do you like best? Please let us know your favorite beach in the comments.

If you want to avoid crowds, use our interactive Google Maps link for directions. For other hidden beaches around the state, check out this list of 10 little-known beaches in New Jersey.

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Best Beaches In New Jersey

July 26, 2019

What are the prettiest beaches in New Jersey?

Along the state’s 130 miles of coastline, you’ll find countless incredible beaches, but a handful are particularly adored by visitors. Some of the prettiest beaches in New Jersey include:

  • North Wildwood Beach is a fan favorite, and locals are enchanted by the landscape of Cape May Point State Park.
  • Ocean Grove Beach is another site coveted for its beauty.
  • The aptly-named Sunset Beach is endlessly romantic.


Check out this helpful guide that can help you select the perfect beach for your getaway.

What are the best beach towns in New Jersey?

The best beach towns in New Jersey include:

  • Ocean City, famous for its boardwalk and family fun-geared atmosphere, has set a high standard for New Jersey beach towns.
  • For those looking for the best sandy beach in New Jersey, pay a visit to Island Beach State Park. Berkeley Township, which hosts this lovely park, is a charming beachfront community with super-friendly residents and pine forests.
  • For something smaller, check out Sea Bright.


What beaches have the clearest water in New Jersey?

For the clearest water in New Jersey, find the crispest, bluest water in and around the state’s Blue Holes. While their beaches attract visitors for their incredible hues and beautiful scenery, these waterways are not ideal for swimmers – their temperatures can cause cramps or shock your muscles, and sudden changes in depth make these lakes particularly dangerous places to swim.