10 Hot East Coast Vacation Spots for Residents of Jersey Shore Condos
With summer rolling lazily towards us, promising easy days and good fun, it’s time to start making some getaway plans. Because it’s still a few months away, you have time now to brainstorm the perfect summer vacation. You don’t need to wait for summer to snag a short vacation, though. We’ve come up with ten easy vacation spots for east coasters craving a bit of sunshine and beach. Of course, if you’re a resident of The Lofts Pier Village Jersey Shore condos, you’ve already got ocean and sunshine—but it’s always nice to get away for a while. These spots are within relatively easy reach of Long Branch—so you can hop in the car and make a road trip of it—or take a short plane ride. Whatever you do, be sure to get out for some vacation time and enjoy the season!
- Cape May, New Jersey
If you prefer a quaint, quiet, small-town vibe with beautiful nature and lots of charming architecture, Cape May is a perfect place to take your vacation. At the southern tip of New Jersey, not too far from your own Jersey Shore condos at The Lofts Pier Village, Cape May offers beautiful beaches and a pleasant town. With local wineries and craft breweries to explore, this area has plenty of local tastes to enjoy.
Walk along Washington Street Mall for a bit of browsing in the shops, and then take a walk to the lighthouse or visit one of the museums. You could even visit the Cape May County Zoo to spend time with some wildlife. There are lots of other activities, too, including parasailing, surfing, or paddle boarding. You can also choose to spend the day collecting seashells—Higbee Beach and Poverty Beach are particularly stunning natural beauties where you can unwind.
If you’re not convinced, check out what this traveler had to say about Cape May:
“Awesome panoramic views. Beautiful sand. Natural rocky shoreline. Great seashell collecting. Dolphins diving in the distant waves. Amazing sunsets. What more can I say? This is one of the best beaches on the Atlantic coast.”
- Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Just across the Delaware Bay from Cape May, you’ll find Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Especially renowned for the dolphins, Rehoboth Beach is a great place to take the family. Dolphins are a delight to everyone who is lucky enough to catch a glimpse. Go out on a pontoon boat excursion to get up close to these magnificent creatures as they jump and glide beside you.
The beach is public, and unlike many other New Jersey beaches, it’s free! With a boardwalk running alongside the beach, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and shops to amuse yourself. The downtown also boasts amusement rides, mini golf, and arcades to keep the family happy.
- Bethany Beach, Delaware
Another Delaware beach within easy reach of your New Jersey Shore condos is Bethany Beach. Much more mellow than Rehoboth (though still close by), Bethany Beach offers you a clean, well kept, family-friendly beach. It’s the perfect place if you just want to enjoy the sun without the crowds.
- Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Want to head north instead of south? Hop in your car and drive up the incredible Massachusetts coastline to experience the natural beauty that has drawn such famous visitors as Barak Obama and Bill Murray. In fact, Martha’s Vineyard is so popular among celebrities that it has been nicknamed “Hollywood East.” You don’t need to be a star to revel in this beautiful bit of America, though.
Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the coast of Massachusetts (you can get a ferry) just south of Cape Cod. Rent a charming, traditional cottage for a week or so and get into the swing of life in this New England colony. Known for its scenic countryside, the island is full of farmland, hiking trails, stunning beaches, and picturesque lighthouses.
Explore the island by bicycle or take the easy, tourist-friendly bus. You can visit Edgartown, for example, which boasts chic boutiques and the Edgartown Lighthouse, where you can get a bird’s eye view of the island. Or go to Oak Bluffs to visit the famous Flying Horses carousel. At Martha’s Vineyard, you’ll find a combination of posh accommodations and relaxation.
One visitor to the island had this to say:
“I come stay here every year and cannot get enough. The home is so centrally located – on the main street in Oak Bluffs, near the ferry, fishing charters, beaches, running trails, and all our favorite restaurants! We love sitting up on the balcony BBQing the daily catch, enjoying a meal with our family, watching people walk by, or just smelling the delicious Back Door Doughnuts’ apple fritters…”
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
A bit further away from The Lofts Pier Village Jersey Shore condos, Virginia Beach is still within a relatively easy driving distance (about 6-7 hours). Located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach has miles of beaches where you can enjoy the sunshine. It also has one of the most famous boardwalks in America, with 3 miles of arcades, games, and shopping.
One traveler said this:
“All kinds of things happening on Atlantic Avenue! Sideshows, music, jugglers, local bands… in a safe family environment. And the shops: anything you could want from basic surf shops to high-end jewelry and clothing.”
For a bit of history, head to Cape Henry, the first landing place of the British colonists, and Jamestown, the first British Colony in America—still preserved with live actors.
- Nags Head, North Carolina
Not much further south from Virginia Beach is Nags Head, North Carolina. Nags Head is an island that is part of The Outer Banks—a line of narrow islands just off the coast of North Carolina. Nags Head has one of the best beaches, with super swimming, fishing, snorkeling (including a couple of shipwrecks!) and surfing.
Just inland from the beach is the largest sand dune on the east coast. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is an incredible place to visit. Lots of bird migrations move through this part of the world, and various forms of wildlife call this area home. Shifting sands hide ephemeral pools, and the beach on the Roanoke Sound is a beautiful place for swimming.
- Hilton Head, South Carolina
With only a 7-8 hour drive to your destination, you can leave Long Branch in the morning and still reach Hilton Head in time for a late afternoon swim. Hilton Head has amazing swimming and 12 miles of beaches to soak up the heat, but it has so much more, too. With plenty of hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing opportunities, those of you who like outdoor activities will have plenty to keep you busy. Similarly, the marshes and streams of the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge are perfect for the explorer—take a guided tour to see alligators, birds, and other wildlife.
- Tybee Island
Just a little further south of Hilton Head, in Georgia, you’ll find the nature-lover’s secret holiday spot, Tybee Island. Full of rich history, live music, and fishing, you’ll be delighted with this true gem of an island. And, of course, you’ll be able to do plenty of beach lounging and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. For a fantastic day trip, head 20 miles west to the atmospheric town of Savannah.
9. Ocean City
In Long Branch’s neck of the woods is Jersey Shore’s own Ocean City. With 8 miles of beach and a 2.5-mile boardwalk, Ocean City Beach is a spectacle you don’t want to miss. You’ll have access to all the amenities, restaurants, games, and as much sun and sea water as you can handle. Ocean City beach is a family vacation paradise, with many happy people enjoying the seashore together. Voted one of the best family vacation spots in the country, Ocean Beach strives to maintain the family vibe with a no alcohol policy (though you can purchase alcohol in nearby Strathmere). With a water park and concerts throughout the year, there is an abundance of entertainment throughout this vacation land paradise to ensure you’ll never be bored.
- Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Kiawah Island is a classy beach paradise just south of Charleston, South Carolina. It is especially loved for the way they’ve managed to preserve nature. It also features miles of walking and bike paths under a canopy of oak trees. There are also sand dunes and lots of golf and fine dining to be found. One TripAdvisor traveler had this to say about Kiawah:
“Very quiet and safe Island. We rode our bikes around the 30 mile bike path every day. The views are gorgeous. One of the best beaches that is wide, easily accessible and not crowded. Top rated golf courses. Great restaurants. A beautiful vacation destination if you want peace and quiet.”
Wherever you decide to spend your vacation, the important thing is that you get out and enjoy. With so many wonderful places to visit not far from The Lofts Pier Village Jersey Shore condos, you’ll be free to tailor a trip to suit your desires. Enjoy the planning process and have fun exploring the incredible east coast!