USA Today’s 2023 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Beach in the U.S. was just released.  It seems like the same beaches are always in the top 10 or top 3.

A lot of people in the Philadelphia area vacation at the Jersey Shore or the Delaware Beaches.

Spanning over 130 miles, the New Jersey Shore offers diverse landscapes, vibrant boardwalks, and rich cultural heritage, making it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

The Jersey Shore is home to a variety of beach towns, each with its own unique character. From the bustling energy of Seaside Heights to the upscale ambiance of Spring Lake, there is a beach community to suit every taste and preference. Whether you’re seeking thrilling amusement park rides, lively nightlife, or peaceful seaside serenity, the New Jersey Shore has it all.

The region’s beaches are the main attraction, with miles of pristine sandy shores that beckon sun-seekers, swimmers, and surfers. From the expansive beaches of Sandy Hook in the north to the tranquil shores of Cape May in the south, beachgoers can bask in the sun, take refreshing dips in the ocean, or simply stroll along the shoreline, collecting seashells and enjoying the salty breeze.

The boardwalks of the Jersey Shore are legendary, offering a vibrant blend of entertainment, dining, and shopping. The iconic boardwalks of towns like Atlantic City, Wildwood, and Point Pleasant Beach are lined with amusement parks, arcades, food stands, and souvenir shops. Here, visitors can indulge in classic boardwalk treats like funnel cake, saltwater taffy, and frozen custard while immersing themselves in the lively atmosphere.

Beyond the beaches and boardwalks, the New Jersey Shore boasts a rich cultural heritage. Historical landmarks like the Cape May Lighthouse and the Barnegat Lighthouse offer glimpses into the region’s maritime past. The shore is also known for its vibrant arts scene, with galleries, theaters, and music venues showcasing the talents of local artists and performers.

USA Today did a poll to find the most beautiful beach in the US.  They broke up the map into sections so we are focusing just on the Northeast.  Two of the top 3 beaches are local beaches.

Take a look below to see if the beach you frequent in the Delaware Valley made the list.

  • 9. Rehoboth Beach - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

    The beach is known for its clean and well-maintained environment, making it ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and beach activities. Also, The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is a prominent attraction that runs parallel to the beach. It features a lively atmosphere with numerous shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors, and amusement rides. The boardwalk is a popular spot for strolling, people-watching, and enjoying the coastal views.

    Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

    (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

  • 8. Belmar Beach - Belmar, New Jersey

    Belmar Beach is home to a vibrant boardwalk that runs parallel to the beach. The boardwalk offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and attractions, including arcades, miniature golf courses, and ice cream parlors. It’s a great place to take a leisurely stroll, rent a bike, or enjoy a meal with an ocean view.

    Belmar Beach, New Jersey.

    (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • 4. Cape May beaches - Cape May, New Jersey

    Cape May is full of beaches!! The main beaches in Cape May are Higbee Beach, Poverty Beach, Steger Beach, and Cape May Cove Beach. Each beach has its own unique features and characteristics.

    lighthouse sits in the path of Hurricane Irene August 26, 2011 in Cape May, New Jersey

    (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

  • 3. Bethany Beach - Bethany Beach, Delaware

    Bethany Beach offers a pristine sandy beach that stretches for approximately one mile (1.6 kilometers) along the coastline. The beach is well-maintained and provides a relaxing environment for swimming, sunbathing, and beach activities.

    bethany beach, delaware

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  • 1. Ocean City Beach - New Jersey - Ocean City, New Jersey

    Ocean City is often referred to as “America’s Greatest Family Resort” due to its family-friendly environment. Ocean City is known for its beautiful beaches, which stretch for 8 miles (13 kilometers) along the Atlantic coastline. The beaches are well-maintained and offer a range of activities such as swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and fishing. The beach is family-friendly and alcohol is not permitted.

    Ocean City New Jersey Fishing Pier

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