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Old 05-03-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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My husband and I are visiting friends in Philly this June. We thought we would go to the beach for a few days after our visit -- I love the ocean and rarely get to experience it these days. Which close (within 2.5 hours) beach would you recommend? We want somewhere that is peaceful and relaxing. Should we head somewhere in NJ? I have heard the beaches there are pretty crowded and that there are biting flies (?). Is Delaware a better option?
We would be there mid-week, if that makes a difference.
Any advice is appreciated. thank you.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:03 PM
 
Location: St Louis, MO
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If it's just the two of you and you want somewhere nice that is relatively more quiet, i'd recommend Cape May. They also have more B&Bs that rent by the day, whereas much of the jersey shore is houses that rent by the week.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I really like Long Beach Island in NJ... Cape May is a good one too though.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:35 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Forget Delaware. NJ has the best beaches in this area. By far. I say Ocean city or Cape may. Both absolutely gorgeous.. NJ is not more crowed then Delaware beaches which are a lot smaller.. But may or may not have the flies depending on conditions. Heres some links to look at..

http://www.capemaychamber.com/

http://www.capemay.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_May,_New_Jersey

http://www.ocnj.us/

http://www.oceancityvacation.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_City,_New_Jersey
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:57 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Just a warning so you aren't disappointed. The ocean off NJ is frigid cold for an adult. Children seem to tolerate it better for some reason.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: New York City
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If your visiting in late June the water will be fine, just a little on the chilly side. I also recommend cape may, or wildwood crest which is just a few minutes from cape may.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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sea isle city
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Cape May
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:29 AM
 
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Ventnor/Margate
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Most anywhere along the Jersey Shore besides Atlantic City and Wildwood will provide you with a relaxing, mature atmosphere. If you do think you might want to hit the casinos while you're there, Brigantine is a laid-back alternative to AC. Delaware beaches are fine but there are definitely more convenient choices in New Jersey.
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