How to Have the Perfect Day at Ocean Grove Beach, NJ

Voted one of the top 15 beaches in the world by Fodor’s, Ocean Grove, New Jersey attracts travelers from far and wide. This quiet stretch of shoreline is a jewel of the Jersey Shore and features pristine white sand, gentle waves, and a boardwalk. It’s perfect for a relaxing getaway with friends and family! Whether you’re planning a quick weekend trip or an extended summer stay, Ocean Grove Beach, NJ has everything you’re looking for and more. Here’s how you can have an epic day at the beach.

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Experience Ocean Grove Beach, NJ

1. Head to the Sand

Ocean Grove offers relief from the crowds and noise of other New Jersey beaches. It’s a great place to get some summer reading done, watch the kids play in the surf, or simply enjoy the sun. You’ll also find bathrooms and a snack shack. In the summertime, check out fun activities like sandcastle contests, boogie board and inner tube races, kite flying contest, volleyball games, and more. Just be sure to load up on sunscreen! 

Note: Like most NJ beaches, Ocean Grove requires guests to purchase a pass. We sell discounted daily beach passes to our guests for $5 instead of $8 down at the beach. Seasonal and weekly beach badges are also available at the Beach Office located on the boardwalk at the end of Embury Avenue. 

2. Grab Lunch

When your stomach starts to grumble, leave your beach chair in the sand and take a short stroll to one of the best Ocean Grove restaurants. The charming downtown area is only two blocks from the boardwalk and is perfect for a quick bite. Enjoy classic American fare at Nagle’s or The Starving Artist at Days. Or choose from a variety of savory pies, soups, and salads at Burbelmaiers. If you’re craving something light and fresh, try the Asian tuna salad at SeaGrass Restaurant. It’s absolutely delicious!

3. Do Some Shopping

Are you in need of a little retail therapy? Be sure to pop into a few of the stores that line Ocean Grove’s Main Avenue on your way back to the beach. From art galleries and surf shops to one-of-a-boutiques, you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir.

4. Watch the Sunset

There’s nothing quite like a Jersey Shore sunset. Here in Ocean Grove, you’ll find many beach-goers relaxing in the sand long after the lifeguards have left. It’s a great time to go for a run, fly a kite, and watch the sky change. Throw on a sweatshirt and enjoy a beautiful display of color as your beach day comes to a close.

5. Come Home to the Inns of Ocean Grove

Located just one block from the Atlantic, The Ocean Plaza Hotel and The Ocean View Inn provide easy access to the beach. You can spend the day swimming, strolling, and sunbathing, then return to one of our comfortable guest rooms or suites. Each features a private bathroom and top-notch amenities. We even offer a delicious complimentary breakfast every morning! Rooms are filling up quickly so don’t wait – check our availability and book your summer vacation today.

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