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The Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is a term used in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States to refer to the Atlantic Ocean- facing coast of New Jersey, together with the adjacent resort and residential communities.

Its popularity as a tourist destination is due in large part to the nearly continuous stretch of beaches along its length, classic themes (antique, quaint, and classic), and boardwalks filled with hundreds of rides.

The shore represents one of the most booming real estate markets on the East Coast as its prominence as a tourist destination and vacation spot has risen greatly in the past decade.

The Jersey Shore is home to many world-famous boardwalks in towns including Asbury Park, Belmar, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights, Atlantic City, Ocean City, Wildwood, and Cape May.

Some of the most exclusive and affluent coastal communities in the United States are found lining the Jersey Shore including Deal, Allenhurst, Spring Lake, Bay Head, Mantoloking, Barnegat Light, and Harvey Cedars.

Jersey Shore “locals” are known for their mild-mannered yet staunch disdain for rowdy tourists (shoobie or benny in the local vernacular) from New York City, Philadelphia and North Jersey.

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The Wildwoods

Wildwood is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

As of the United States 2000 Census, the city population was 5,436 during the off-season, but it can swell to 250,000 during the summer months.

Wildwood was originally incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 1, 1895, from portions of Middle Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day, and was reincorporated on April 30, 1895.

On January 1, 1912, Wildwood was incorporated as a city, replacing both Wildwood borough and Holly Beach City.[5]
Wildwood is also used as a collective term referring to the four communities with Wildwood comprising part of the municipality name — specifically the Borough of Wildwood Crest, City of Wildwood, Borough of West Wildwood and the City of North Wildwood — together with Diamond Beach, a portion of Lower Township situated on the island. Collectively, these communities are known as “The Wildwoods.”

Wildwood is a resort city that is very popular with vacationers and tourists mostly from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and even nearby parts of Canada during the summer months. Its most notable features are its beach and 1.8-mile boardwalk, home to the Morey’s Piers amusement complex and Raging Waters, a 2-location waterpark complex owned by Morey’s Piers.

The boardwalk features a trolley called the “Tramcar”, which runs from end to end. It is also home to Splash Zone Water Park. Built in 1999, Splash Zone features the world’s highest dumping bucket and the biggest family raft ride on the east coast, The Beast of the East. Its famous doo wop-style motels and hotels have been designated as endangered historical places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Rock Around the Clock, often credited as the first rock and roll record, was first performed on Memorial Day weekend in 1954 at the HofBrau Hotel in Wildwood by Bill Haley & His Comets. The song’s status as one of the first rock and roll hits has given rise to the city’s claim as “the birthplace of rock and roll”.

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Cape May

Cape May is a cape and peninsula which is the southernmost point of the state of New Jersey, United States. It runs southwards from the New Jersey mainland, separating Delaware Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.

Many people go to Cape May for tourism, shopping, and for the beach. The cape is named for Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, a Dutch explorer who was working for the Dutch East India Company.

Cape May is the oldest seaside resort in America, with historical roots dating back to the 1700s. The entire city was designated as a National Historic Landmark on May 11, 1976, and many of the buildings throughout the town are original Victorian structures that have been maintained in pristine condition.

The peninsula comprises the municipalities of Middle Township, Avalon, Dennis Township, Stone Harbor, North Wildwood, West Wildwood, Wildwood, Lower Township, and Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. The region is a popular destination for Québécois tourists.

Cape May is also famous as one of the top birding sites in North America. Due to its location at the southern tip of New Jersey and numerous nature preserves and wildlife refuges, large concentrations of birds can be found in Cape May, especially during spring and fall migration.

The Cape May Bird Observatory acts as the central coordinator of birding activities in Cape May, including the World Series of Birding, held in Cape May (and throughout New Jersey) each May.

The Basic Training camp of the United States Coast Guard is located in Cape May. This facility in Cape May, is the only training center for the United States Coast Guard in the country. Each recruit goes through eight weeks of training before they are shipped out to various locations.

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