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- Amidst the continuing pandemic, many travelers are still seeking close-to-home domestic getaways.
- The Jersey Shore offers an easy East Coast vacation with sandy beaches and retro towns.
- We chose top Jersey Shore Airbnbs from Point Pleasant to Cape May, ranging from $88 to $375.
Though the pandemic is still ongoing, there’s hope on the horizon with vaccine rollouts well underway and many day trippers and weekend warriors are itching to get back down the shore this year.
In general, the boardwalks are made up of small businesses, so the opening and distancing rules of each establishment will vary, and it will continue to depend on how the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Last year shore icons like the Wildwood tram car installed plexiglass dividers and a twice-per-hour wipe down, measures that will likely continue. But, despite the recent changes, Jersey’s beaches still offer an easy coastal vacation with plenty of appeal, both in summer and the less crowded off-season, which sees lower prices.
And if you’re wondering if travel is safe, experts consider private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, as one of the safer places to stay, especially when compared to hotels. This is because you can book an entire home protected from interaction with others. Airbnb also has rigorous new Enhanced Cleaning Protocol procedures that all hosts must now follow.
Of course, there is still no firm guarantee with regard to safety. It’s crucial to continue to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing. Additionally, even once you’re vaccinated the CDC advises you should continue to wear a mask in public areas.
If you do decide to take a jaunt down the shore, we searched the most popular Jersey beach towns for Airbnb listings. The area has mostly shaken its party reputation, and towns like Asbury Park and Ocean City are excellent for families. Though, if the Point Pleasant house from MTV’s hit is what you’re looking for, it’s bookable, too.
We chose the best Jersey Shore Airbnbs based on the following criteria:
- Airbnb listings are for the entire home, so you don’t have to worry about sharing a bathroom or keeping distance.
- The home is affordably priced, ranging from $88 to $375, with availability to book as of publishing time.
- All are highly-rated Airbnb listings with a review score of 4.8 or higher.
- Properties are unique and modern with free parking and offer close proximity to the beach.
Although not a perk offered by all of these Airbnbs, ask your host if beach badges will be included. They are required to access most beaches in New Jersey and can save you from paying a pesky fee.
These are the best Airbnbs on the Jersey Shore, sorted by price from low to high.
Wake up and see nothing but blue. With a panoramic window overlooking the ocean, this high-rise studio condo in Atlantic City is a chic and minimalistic alternative to a room at one of the casino hotels. With parking included, you won’t need to worry about where to keep your car and can enjoy direct access to the boardwalk. The listing also mentions a shared gym and pool in the building, but these may be closed currently.
One unique design element of this apartment is the window above the Jacuzzi tub, which lets in a lot of natural light, but can also be covered up for more privacy.
This Airbnb has scattered availability in the next couple months, with more dates open in May.
Beach block apartment in Atlantic City, $157
This second-floor studio apartment was recently remodeled and includes a parking pass that will allow you to park on the street.
Inside, you’ll find a modern kitchen, smart TV, and nice tile work in the shower. It’s a relatively new listing, but the space feels fresh and up to date. Ideal for couples or solo travelers, the location is this listing’s biggest draw. You can see the boardwalk and beach from the first-floor patio (which guests have access to).
This home has full availability over the next several months.
Two-bedroom beach apartment in Asbury Park, $164
Asbury Park, aka Bruce Springsteen’s stomping grounds, is only a two-and-a-half-hour train ride from New York City. This newly renovated two-bedroom apartment is also within walking distance of the beach and the main strip of shops and restaurants, making it a convenient home base.
The kitchen is fully stocked and in addition to the four beach badges provided, guests also are able to borrow beach chairs, towels, and even a beach tent for babies. With hipster flair — think llama paintings and pops of color — and a porch furnished with cushioned outdoor furniture, this Airbnb is as thoughtful as any modern hotel, and certainly more spacious.
This home has decent availability over the next few months and opens up fully starting in August.
Family-sized home on the lagoon in Mystic Island, $175
With three bedrooms and room for six, this huge house on the Mystic Island Lagoon, between Atlantic City and Long Beach Island, is great for a family-focused getaway with water views.
In addition to the outdoor seating area, hammocks, fire pit, and grill, this listing includes a huge dock that puts you right on the water. Rent kayaks or use the house’s pedal boat free of charge. The home’s decor is nautical without being kitschy and the deck views, complete with an outdoor breakfast nook, are lovely.
This popular home has scattered availability over the next few months and becomes fully available in September.
Large house with private balcony and patio in Ventnor City, $188
Not far from Atlantic City and only two blocks from the Ventnor City Beach, this house is so spacious with three bedrooms spread over two floors that there’s room for nine guests.
Staying here includes complimentary beach badges and chairs and space for two cars to park. The decor is modern and light, but still beachy with a touch of sophistication. While here, you can gather the crew around the kitchen island or sit out on the big patio and enjoy the salty air. For an extra fee, you can even bring your four-legged friends to join you.
The house has good availability over the next few months, but is already booking up fast for summer weekends.
Newly renovated apartment in Seaside Heights, $200
Despite being the epicenter of every Jersey Shore stereotype, there’s a reason why Seaside Heights is so popular — it’s a lot of fun. And this newly renovated three-bedroom apartment located right on the beach provides a wonderful counterbalance to the boardwalk’s gimmicky charm. The interior is tasteful, dressed in light beach tones that make it feel airy and bright. Bookings include beach badges, as well as a shared outdoor space with picnic tables, a grill, and an outdoor shower.
There are four apartments in total in this building, so if you have a large group, you may even consider renting out the whole space. And given the beachside location along Jersey’s most famous strip of sand, it’s actually quite the steal.
This listing has availability starting in June, but books out early. It may be worth booking a summer vacation now.
Oceanfront condo in Wildwood Crest, $218
The balcony of this ocean-facing condo overlooks Wildwood’s famously large beach, and its location on the crest, south of the main boardwalk, also means it’s a quieter alternative to the more boisterous side of town.
The decor is light and calming thanks to the serene tones of turquoise accents, aquamarine walls, and wooden furnishings. This is a small studio apartment ideal for a couple or small family with a Queen-sized bed plus a pull-out sofa that numerous guests have praised for its comfort. A large flat-screen TV, board games, and access to a shared pool make it a worthy pick.
This Airbnb has good availability for the next few months, but it already booking up fast for summer weekends.
Chambourcin cottage at Willow Creek Vineyard in Cape May, $271
Willow Creek Winery lists multiple cottages varying in size on Airbnb, but the second-floor Chambourcin Cottage strikes us as the coziest and offers the best value. The open layout includes a comfortable living area with two plush couches, a nicely-tiled bathroom with walk-in shower, a stocked kitchen, and a Queen-sized bed.
The apartment’s two porches overlook 50 acres of grapevines, which you’ll be free to walk around throughout your stay. The quaint atmosphere offers a romantic spot for couples looking to nestle in for a weekend.
Although this listing isn’t directly on the beach, it’s only two miles away from the iconic Cape May Lighthouse.
There is good availability over the next few months and the calendar is wide open starting in August.
Townhouse with ocean view in Sea Isle City, $279
With four bedrooms, as many as 11 people can enjoy this huge townhouse located steps away from the Sea Isle City Beach. The decor is clean and bright with a hint of a beach vibe and there’s even an indoor fireplace, in case you want to get cozy on chilly nights. Soaring ceilings, a full kitchen, and well-kept bedrooms make it feel extremely liveable.
But the best standout feature is the three-tiered roof deck, which is a prime spot to take in incredible sunsets. Past reviewers also praise how easy it was to communicate with the host.
There’s good availability in April and May, but summer is already booking up.
Bay house in Wildwood Crest, $375
This enormous house might be at the top of the price range, but with four bedrooms, room for 12 people, and a full deck that leads out to a boat dock on Sunset Lake, it’s a solid deal.
If you know you’re not going to wake up early enough to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic, at least you’ll know you’ll never miss a sunset with the bay for your backyard. The decor leans beachy, but amenities include everything from paddleboards and kayaks to crab traps and fishing poles.
Guests share the deck with other apartments on the property, but it’s possible to book the whole house and property as well if you have a really big group.
The house has good availability in April and May but is already largely booked for the summer.
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