The Garden State is most certainly the butt of many jokes across the nation. Although it may be “the armpit of the country” and focal point of numerous questionable television series, don’t rule this little underdog out! There are plenty of reasons why New Jersey is a great place to call home. Here are my top 5 reasons why you should live in New Jersey:
The best of both all worlds
Are you a beach bum? Or a snow bunny? Do you prefer the countryside or the big city? Whatever it may be, New Jersey has it all. The mountains, the shore, Atlantic City, beautiful parks, historical sites, close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia, pretty much anything you could think of, New Jersey has got it. Living in NJ, you can spare yourself from the monotony of a dull life.
Break out the books
When it comes to education, New Jersey is top notch. It consistently scores at the top when it comes to graduation rates and test scores. There are tons of schools with high quality educators. There are also well over two dozen highly accredited colleges and universities, including the prestigious Princeton University and Rutgers University.
Satisfy your appetite
Diners galore, New Jersey is a foodie’s dream. It is home to the famous pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich on some of the best bagels you’ll ever eat. The pizza is divine and the produce is even better. The tomatoes, corn, cranberries and other produce options are the reason why we are called the Garden State, and rightfully so.
Get out and do something
New Jersey will never let you get bored, with tons of activities and attractions to keep yourself busy. Amusement parks and water parks are a great way to spend those summer days. Winter time calls for some skiing at the local mountains. There are tons of entertainment venues offering concerts and shows year-round. Sports fans will also be pleased to see New Jersey’s own NHL team, the Devils. Even the New York Jets and New York Giants call the Garden State home.
There’s nothing like being one of the most unpopular states to really bring people together. The bond that has been forged amongst the diverse New Jersey population is unlike any other, and this is something that I personally wouldn’t trade for the world.
What’s your favorite thing about life in New Jersey?
Summer Guide to the Best New Jersey Beaches
It’s summer time in New Jersey! The best, most enjoyable, fun filled time of the year… The kids are out of school, the sun is shining, the waves are lapping and the Jersey Shore is the place to be.
For anyone new to New Jersey, I would love to introduce you to some of the best Jersey Shore beaches and destinations this summer:
- Long Branch – The Pier Village at Long Branch, NJ beach is a newer, recently renovated shopping, dining and residential area featuring newer construction high-rise condos. Long Branch, NJ excursionists can take advantage of the gorgeous 33-acre Seven Presidents Oceanfront Par,k which features swimming, boating and picnicking facilities. There are plenty of exceptional restaurants and night clubs at Pier Village as well. The Avenue night club, in Long Branch’s Pier Village, is one of the hottest. Avenue’s night club is on top of its restaurant, overlooking the ocean.
- Cape May – Cape May has the distinction of being one of five cities in the United States that is an officially designated Historic Landmark City. Victorian Bed and Breakfasts and year round Victorian homes must keep compliance with the Historic Landmark designation. Approximately 80,000 tourists visit the beautiful Cape May New Jersey Shore Town per weekend in the summer.
- Spring Lake – In addition to Spring Lake’s Victorian charm and quaint atmosphere, the area boasts 2 miles of lovely, white, sandy beaches. Spring Lake is only 90 minutes from New York City, making it a perfect getaway to enjoy fine dining, pristine beaches, and charming B & B’s.
- Long Beach Island – Long Beach Island is considered one of the best spots in New Jersey for quiet relaxation by the picturesque Atlantic Ocean. One town on the island has an amusement area, however there isn’t a boardwalk. Fine dining and boutique shopping are prevalent on Long Beach Island, in addition to its pristine beaches.
- Sea Bright – A great place to stay if your four legged friends need a vacation! Sea Bright has a day-care center for dogs! But Sea Bright is also known for its private beach clubs and exceptionally beautiful restaurants. There are seven beach clubs in all. Relaxation and enjoyment are highlights at Sea Bright.
- Seaside Heights – Between 30,000 to 40,000 people flood the beautiful community of Seaside Heights each weekend in the summer. The beaches are stunning, among the best, and there is an array of dining and entertainment at your fingertips. With a plethora of choices for restaurants, bars, night clubs, water sports and boardwalk activities, Seaside Heights NJ is a true hub of entertainment, fun and relaxation.
- Manasquan – Its name, “Manasquan”, means “an island with enclosure for squans”. Manasquan offers some of the best New Jersey restaurants along with impeccable dining to its residents and thousands of daily summer visitors. One entire beach is handicapped accessible. Ocean and river fishing are popular activities. Manasquan is a great spot for family fun and outdoor activities.
- Atlantic City – Over 30 million people a year flock to Atlantic City’s 7 mile boardwalk each year. Who can blame them? Atlantic City remains one of the East Coast’s best and most treasured towns.
- Asbury Park – Where Bruce Springsteen started his career. Millions have been invested in new housing, infrastructure and rebuilding of the boardwalk over the past few years. There has been a re-birth of the art and restaurant community which is obvious on Cookman Ave and beyond.
I hope that New Jersey’s amazing summertime and it’s famous beach living brings joy to visitors and residents alike. If you are new to the area, and would like a friendly, hassle free place to meet New Jersey residents and learn more about the area, visit my Facebook page @ Sujatha Bhaskara – Keller Williams Realty New Jersey