Though a decade ago the town was pretty dilapidated and a sad relic of a bygone era, a trip here now is one of the cooler jaunts you can take down the Jersey Shore.Must eat/drink: Anything in a shipping container along the boardwalk.
Why it’s great: You know any other beach towns with postcards on the cover of a Springsteen album? The Boss was ahead of the curve: this remains one of the most underrated party towns in America, a one-time rock-band breeding ground that’s again launching big acts out of bars like Wonder Bar and The Stone Pony.
It’s also grown into a town full of upscale restaurants and trendy bars, and has strangely become known for its concentration of art and design shops.
Must eat/drink: Burgers from the state’s two best burger joints, Skinny’s and Duffy’s.
Don’t leave without: Taking a boat tour around the island, where you’re likely to spot dolphins and manatees.
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