A late, improbable rally put Belmar beaches at the top of this week's Readers' Choice poll for favorite Jersey Shore "staycation" spots, with 113 votes.
Belmar is known for it's wide, long boardwalk, and its attraction to college-age adults who enjoy the beach and the local night-life.
Island Beach State Park, the only natural beach on the Jersey Shore other than Sandy Hook, led for much of the week but finished second with 82 votes. Jenkinson's Boardwalk, which includes an aquarium, rides, food and other seaside pleasures in Point Pleasant Beach, finished third with 77.
Thank you for voting in this week's poll. Results are at the bottom of this article. Other choices in the poll included:
Family-fun amusement park in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island.
Seven Presidents' Beach
Where the presidents once vacationed, in Long Branch, before they shifted to Florida, Hawaii and Kennebunkport, Maine.
Asbury Park Boardwalk
The famous boardwalk that was once part of a Bruce Springsteen album title.
Casinos and amusement rides on the world-famous boardwalk that was once home to the Miss America Pageant.
Ocean City Boardwalk
One of the most authentic and old-fashioned boardwalks on the Jersey Shore.
Six Flags Great Adventure
Large, nationally known amusement park known for its roller coasters and many other rides.
Wildwood's family friendly waterparks.
Bastion of Victorian homes and beach.
Water parks and amusement attractions in Monmouth County.
Editor's Note: Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch. Official rules for the Readers' Choice Poll are attached to this story.