The New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey was introduced in 2008 to inspire pride in and stewardship of New Jersey’s beaches while promoting a little healthy competition between New Jersey’s favorite beach towns.
The partnership project, a collaboration between the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) and the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Coastal Research Center, has become a highlight of the state’s pre-summer festivities.
For roughly two months each year, from the Wednesday following President’s Day weekend through the end of April, Jersey Shore enthusiasts are invited to cast a vote for their favorite beach communities.
The results of the survey are announced each year just before Memorial Day weekend at the NJSGC State of the Shore Media Event, a premier gathering of coastal experts, state officials, and members of the news media, to kick off the Jersey Shore summer. Check out the winners of the Top Ten Beaches title from past years. In 2013, in recognition of the impacts of Superstorm Sandy along the Jersey Shore, rivalries were put on hold and New Jersey’s Top Ten Beaches Survey focused on sharing images and memories of the Jersey Shore.