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Belmar Is The Jersey Shore's Favorite 'Staycation' Spot, Poll Says

Island Beach State Park and Jenkinson's finished second and third, respectively

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:

Fantasy Island
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.

Ocean Grove
The unique Victorian community in Monmouth County with the classic downtown.

Gee Gee's
Old fashioned arcade, restaurant and grill on the Manasquan beach.

FunTown Pier and Casino Pier
Family-fun games and rides on the Seaside Heights boardwalk.

Sandy Hook
Only natural beach on the Jersey Shore, other than Island Beach State Park.

Atlantic City
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.

Morey's Piers
Wildwood's family friendly waterparks.

Cape May
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.

jack smith May 12, 2012 at 11:01 AM
I honestly cannot think of one person I know who would go on a staycation to Keansburg. Whover cast votes for that town in this contest must have been joking.
John B Taxpayer May 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Love those Staten Island guidettes they look great when they're fighting! A real family treasure!
Part Timer May 14, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Those guidettes are not just from Staten Island, they are coming from within our own state now.
Can't shut me up May 14, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Keansburg was an cesspool was I was a kid. If anything it went downhill in the last 30 years.....UCK!!
Can't shut me up May 14, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I live in Toms River.....On the weekends I become a BENNY and go to the mountains because the class of what infests us is just plain disgusting. Between the drunks looking for Snookie and the Guido's and Guidette's, TR should put up an electrified gate and close the town on the weekends.
Mattie May 14, 2012 at 06:20 PM
The term "Benny" or "Bennie" is an all-inclusive (local) term for tourists from all over the tri-state area who come to the Jersey shore. It's not exactly a term of endearment, but it is non-ethnic. BUT the terms "guidos" and "quidettes" is an ethnic slur and is aimed at Italian Americans specifically. It's crude and offensive. Learn some freakin' manners, you haters.
Howell Taxpayer May 14, 2012 at 07:27 PM
All I can say is that driving on Rt9 lately has been nothing but NY license plates. If they knew how to drive it would bother me but where or where do they get their credentials? Stay in NY....
bayboat May 14, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Well ya gotta admit, a good chunk of bennies ARE guidos/ettes
1stcav May 14, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Mattie : Credit Snookie as she thinks it's a term of Endearment and is Proud of it, take it from where it comes on MTV and the " Jersey Shore " sooooo.deal with it for now until there not in our faces....everywhere ...
Mattie May 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Except Snookie isn't Italian.... she's just an idiot. Must we emulate idiots and MTV?
1stcav May 15, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Not I, EVER , but that's what some call entertainment for the young'ins, go figure. But they are making lots of money for being idiots..bada bing , ching , ching !


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