Survey: Ocean City is New Jersey’s favorite beach

     The boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. (Shutterstock file photo)

    The boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. (Shutterstock file photo)

    Ocean City continues to win “best beach” awards. 

    Just a few months after Coastal Living Magazine dubbed the Cape May County community the best beach in the United States, it’s receiving another honor closer to home. 

    Ocean City has once again taken top honors in a contest that lets people choose their favorite New Jersey shore beach.

    After more than 9,000 votes tallied in a public poll, the resort town topped this year’s vote as best overall beach in the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium survey, followed by Wildwood Crest.

    Coastal Living magazine describes Ocean City as an “all-American” community with “its two-and-a-half-mile-long boardwalk, eight miles of pale sand, and the blue Atlantic (and beautiful bayside as well).”

    The magazine states that it’s “hard to find a more iconic summer destination than this resort town” with a “true family vibe (Ocean City is a dry town) and fun-loving spirit.”

    The self-billed “America’s Greatest Family Resort” was named the state’s most popular beach in 2009, 2014, and 2015. 

    From the poll:

    Favorite Beaches in Atlantic County

    Brigantine
    Atlantic City
    Margate
    Longport
    Ventnor

    Favorite Beaches in Cape May County

    Ocean City
    Wildwood Crest
    North Wildwood
    Wildwood
    Sea Isle City

    Favorite Beaches in Monmouth County

    Sandy Hook – Gateway National Recreation Area
    Asbury Park
    Spring Lake
    Belmar
    Long Branch

    Favorite Beaches in Ocean County

    Seaside Heights
    Point Pleasant Beach
    Beach Haven
    Island Beach State Park
    Surf City

    The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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