There's really no denying how lucky we are living as close as we do to the Jersey Shore.

Most of us can get in our car and in less than an hour have the fresh salt air in our faces and our toes in the sand

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There's nothing better, we have over 130 miles of amazing beaches, and spending a day at the shore is like nothing else.

What's amazing though is that it's not just locals who think the Jersey Shore is fantastic, travel experts think so too.

For example, a few weeks ago Island Beach State Park was ranked as one of the best beaches to visit on the East Coast.

With its low entry fee, swimming, hiking, fishing, camping, and bonfire areas there's a lot to do when you visit.

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More on what makes Island Beach State Park so great right here.

Recently, one New Jersey beach was ranked as one of the 8 most pristine beaches you can visit in the country.

I'm a big fan of Seaside Heights, Sea Isle City, and Asbury Park but none of those were ranked as the most pristine near the Jersey Shore.

One NJ Beach Ranked As The Most Pristine On The East Coast

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It may not surprise you, since if you ask almost anyone in Jersey they'd agree, that Study Finds ranked Cape May as one of the top 8 most pristine beaches on the East Coast.

It's one of the country's oldest seaside resorts and is chock full of perfect beaches, a historic downtown, and of course lots of great places to grab some seafood.

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You have to check eat dockside at the Lobster House when you visit; you order your fish at the take-out market then make your way back to the dock where you can eat and watch the ships roll in.

By the way, while you're headed down the Parkway, keep an eye out for these hilarious NJ DOT signs!

New additions to NJ DOT's 2024 collection of humorous safety messages

The NJ DOT continued to use a series of humorous seasonal safety messages on its' over 200 electronic signs around New Jersey.

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