Details: Jersey Shore

July 3, 2013
IF YOU GO
GETTING THERE

For my Jersey Shore Recovery tour, I started on Long Beach Island, about 200 miles from Washington. From Interstate 95 north, take I-295 north to Route 70 east. Follow Route 72 east to the island. For the northern beaches, I drove up the coast using primarily routes 35 and 36.

WHERE TO STAY

Surf City Hotel

800 N. Long Beach Blvd., Surf City

800-353-3342

www.surfcityhotel.com

Various accommodations, such as rooms in the historic hotel, cottage or inn, or a two-bedroom apartment. Steps from the beach. Onsite restaurant, pub, clam bar and lounge with live music. Rates from $89; high season from $160 per night.

Colony Motel

65 Hiering Ave., Seaside Heights

732-830-2113

www.seasidecolonymotel.com

Friendly, welcoming spot (nice comforters!) near the boardwalk and beach. Pool and coffee/tea served in the morning. From $109.

Bungalow Hotel

50 Laird St., Long Branch

732-229-3700

www.bungalowhotel.net

Boutique surfer-theme property designed by HGTV’s Cortney and Robert Novogratz. Located in Pier Village, with shops, restaurants and beach steps away. Gym and beach club passes available. From $189.

WHERE TO EAT

Bowker’s South Beach Grill

5404 S. Long Beach Blvd., Holgate

609-492-0242

Beachy party food: cheesesteaks, burgers, heros, salads and wraps, plus breakfast. From $6.

The Chicken or the Egg

207 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven

609-492-3695

www.492fowl.com

LBI institution open 24 hours, with all-day breakfast. Packed menu heavy on chicken (nachos, salads, wings, waffles, fried, soy, etc.) and egg (sandwiches, platters, with steak, etc.) dishes. From $7.

Shaka

20 Centennial Dr., Long Branch

732-272-1542

www.shakaburrito.com

California-cool joint in Pier Village serves burritos, tacos, rice bowls, quesadillas and salads. From about $4.

WHAT TO DO

Fantasy Island Amusement Park

320 Seventh St., Beach Haven

609- 492-4000

www.fantasyislandpark.com

Arcade opens daily at noon and rides at 6 p.m, except on Fridays for Pay One Price Day ($12.50 each for rides from 4 to 7 p.m.). Closes around 11 p.m. or midnight. Season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tokens are 85 cents each.

Brighton Beach Surf Shop

511 S. Long Beach Blvd., Brighton Beach

609-492-0342

www.brightonbeachsurfshop.com

Learn to surf or stand-up paddle from an LBI pro. $50 for semi-private lesson; $75 for private. Or rent equipment, including surfboard ($12.50 a day), stand-up ($49) and skimboard ($5).

Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area

128 S. Hartshorne Dr., Highlands

718-354-4606

www.nps.gov/gate/index.htm

Seven miles of ocean beaches, salt marshes, hiking trails and a maritime holly forest. Also Fort Hancock, Nike Missle Radar Site and Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Open 5 a.m.-8 p.m. $15 per-car admission from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

INFO

www.visitthejerseyshore.com

www.strongerthanthestorm.com

— A.S.

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