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Summer is here and that means that it’s time to hit the beach this weekend. One of the best things about living just outside of New York City in North Jersey is our proximity to great beaches. So what is the best beach? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for in a beach. In the spirit of summer, we’ve compiled this list of the 5 best beaches that you can reach from the Joseph James Real Estate office in Kearny, NJ within an hour or two (depending on traffic).
 
Coney Island
An American Icon, you have to make a trek to Coney Island at least once each summer. Located on the southernmost part of Brooklyn, Coney Island is home to over 50 amusement rides and some great boardwalk food. Coney Island has been featured in scores of movies and TV shows because it is quintessentially New York. Go there if you want to be entertained. If you are going, it will save you time and money to take the train. It will take you around 50 minutes from Penn Station on the D, Q, N or F line to Stillwell Ave.
 
Ocean Grove
This small New Jersey shore town was originally founded as a church camp meeting association. Tree-lined streets with classic Victorian architecture lead you back in time and let you slow down. Ocean Grove remains an active Christian location on the Jersey Shore with worship services offered in its pavilion on the beach. Large concerts and services are offered in the Great Auditorium which is ringed with the "tents" of the camp meeting association. These semi-permanent structures are part of the history and lore of the town. The beach is great, clean and quiet. Nestled between Bradley Beach and Asbury Park, Ocean Grove also features a greatly paved boardwalk at beach level that lets you walk through 3 very different and unique shore locations. Just off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 100B is just over an hour drive from Kearny.
 
Shelter Island
Take a ride out to the Hamptons on the eastern end of Long Island. The Hamptons are the playground of the rich and famous for good reason. Beautiful wide beaches lined with multi-million dollar beach houses welcome visitors from around the world. Getting to Shelter Island is an experience as you need to drive your car onto a ferry to get there. It’s a cool ride. The beaches and the waves are amazing on Shelter Island. If you want some extra shopping, head over to South Hampton and do some touring. You might run into a celebrity.
 
Point Pleasant Beach
Point Pleasant is a great family-friendly beach destination down the shore. Take the Garden State Parkway South to Exit 98 and head towards Point Pleasant. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk is legendary along the Jersey Shore. It took a lot of damage during Hurricane Sandy and you may remember seeing it's destruction all over the national news (um... if you had power). The Boardwalk has been rebuilt and by all accounts Point Pleasant Beach is once again thriving.
 
Long Beach Island
A little further south on the Parkway is Long Beach Island at Exit 63. LBI, as it is affectionately known throughout Jersey, is an 18-mile long island that is actually a collection of small shore towns like Surf City, Harvey Cedars, Barnegat Light, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven and Loveladies. Only a half mile at it’s widest, LBI is a great summer destination. You can explore classic Jersey Shore activities all over LBI. The beaches are wide and clean. The dining is plentiful and the parking is available all over. 

You work hard. Being a realtor in New Jersey isn’t easy. Reward yourself this summer – and get refreshed – with a trip either down the shore, out to the Hamptons or over to Coney Island. You deserve it. You’re bound to run into people from your community. Marvel at the beach real estate market of rentals, flips, tear downs and luxury homes. But relax and be present with whoever you visit the beach this summer. Clear your mind and think about whether you might be looking for a new broker. Joseph James Real Estate is building it's team. Come and check us out.

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