Welcome to the Jersey Shore’s golden season

    The shoobies might have fled up the Atlantic City Expressway, but the Jersey Shore doesn’t close after Labor Day.

    Welcome to the golden season, also known as “local’s summer,” when the weather and water are still warm, the shops still open (though perhaps with weekend only hours), the crowds less dense, all with a less frantic feel than you’ll find at the height of summer.

    It’s also a time to score a bargain. Houses are still available for rent, but at a fraction of their summer prices. I’ll be taking my shore vacation in September, and our beach-front spot is going for less than a third of its in-season cost. Hotels and motels are running deals, too, sometimes in connection with events like Roar to the Shore, Fireman’s Convention, Oktoberfest, or Irish Weekend. Cape May has added two new events this fall, too: Dragon Boat Festival and a new jazz festival

    So keep your beach chair in the back of your car, and keep looking for warm days to escape to the shore. It’s the best time of year to be on the beach.

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