“Cause down the Shore everything’s alright…”
Those lyrics from “Jersey Girl,” penned by Tom Waits but famously sung by New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen, capture how many feel about the Garden State’s central and southern coastline. Live music, perfect pizza, long boardwalks, and sandy beaches can be found up and down the Shore.
There’s very good golf, too, at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club located just under two hours south of Newark Liberty International Airport. So pick up your Avis rental car and follow the signs to get on the Garden State Parkway (FYI, there will be electronic tolls along the way) just a few miles to the west.
Music fans will want to take Exit 102 for Asbury Park. While Springsteen grew up in Freehold, about 15 miles inland, it’s this seaside town that inspired many of his early songs. In recent years an influx of new restaurants, bars, and shops have injected plenty of life back into Asbury, but it’s still tough to beat a live show at the legendary Stone Pony.
Those looking for a more peaceful place to put their toesin the sand, or to ride the Atlantic Ocean waves, should consider taking Exit 63 off the Parkway for Long Beach Island (or just “LBI” per locals), an 18-mile-long barrier island that’s been a popular family vacation destination for generations.