New Jersey’s “Favorite Beaches” 2018 – Winners Revealed at Ocean City Ceremony

July 3rd, 2018

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium honored the Garden State’s “Favorite Beaches” during the start of a heat wave in Ocean City, NJ on Friday (June 29th). In anticipation of the July Fourth holiday, NJSGC revealed the full list of 2018 winners during a gorgeous beachside ceremony in the beloved Jersey Shore town. Drum roll, please…

OCNJ Daily


1. Ocean City
2. Margate

Monmouth County

1. Asbury Park
2. Sandy Hook – Gateway National Park
3. Spring Lake
4. Belmar
5. Long Branch

Ocean County

1. Seaside Heights
2. Beach Haven
3. Point Pleasant Beach
4. Ship Bottom
5. Island Beach State Park

Atlantic County

1. Margate
2. Brigantine
3. Atlantic City
4. Longport
5. Ventnor

Cape May County

1. Ocean City
2. Wildwood Crest
3. Cape May
4. Wildwood
5. Sea Isle City

Several thousand voters participated in this year’s survey, with Ocean City snagging the top spot yet again.

First created in 2008, NJSGC initially deemed the poll “New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches” to help encourage stewardship and pride in the state’s different “sand and surf” hotspots while promoting a little healthy (and friendly) competition. But since New Jerseyans are passionate about visiting ALL different parts of our wonderful coastline, starting in 2016, individual victors from NJ’s four coastal counties (Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth,  and Ocean) were ultimately recognized.

Until next year!