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.
Surf City Hotel
800 N. Long Beach Blvd., Surf City
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.
65 Hiering Ave., Seaside Heights
Friendly, welcoming spot (nice comforters!) near the boardwalk and beach. Pool and coffee/tea served in the morning. From $109.
50 Laird St., Long Branch
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.
Bowker’s South Beach Grill
5404 S. Long Beach Blvd., Holgate
Beachy party food: cheesesteaks, burgers, heros, salads and wraps, plus breakfast. From $6.
The Chicken or the Egg
207 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven
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.
20 Centennial Dr., Long Branch
California-cool joint in Pier Village serves burritos, tacos, rice bowls, quesadillas and salads. From about $4.
Fantasy Island Amusement Park
320 Seventh St., Beach Haven
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
Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area
128 S. Hartshorne Dr., Highlands
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.