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THE NEW JERSEY SHORE

The northernmost stretches of the New Jersey shore are not exactly appetizing, and visitors bound for the beaches and vacation spots farther south turn a blind eye to the industrial blight. From Perth Amboy (Vaseline) to Asbury Park (Bruce Springsteen), the region has given the world many distinctive products, and there are a couple of intriguing Victorian-era resorts like Spring Lake and Avon-by-the-Sea, but to be honest, the attractions increase the further south you go.

  The middle stretch of the Jersey shore is actually the quietest, with the million-acre Pinelands National Preserve covering the inland area with forest and wetlands, and the coastal Long Beach Island dotted with sleepy little fishing and retirement communities. The biggest sight hereabouts is at the northern tip of the island: Barnegat Lighthouse (daily; free; 609/494-2016), “Old Barney,” whose image appears on personalized New Jersey license plates.

Atlantic Coast: Perth Amboy to Rehoboth Beach, New Jersey map

Atlantic Coast Route Detail: Perth Amboy to Rehoboth Beach New Jersey

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