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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Forgo Fist-Pumping on the Jersey Shore

Leave the guidos behind to soak up Spring Lake’s pristine beaches, uncrowded surf, and vintage boardwalk.


1. Where to Stay

Enjoy beachfront views at the Breakers.   

Sleep steps from the beach at the Breakers on the Ocean (from $220), the sole beachfront hotel among Ocean Avenue’s tony residential mansions. It's also one of the few places in town with a liquor license, so order a cocktail on the wraparound porch.

Request the Turret room at the Spring Lake Inn (from $199) to get a Jacuzzi tub and sprawling ocean views.

Lounge among ten-foot-high canopy beds and decorative parlor chairs at the historic Normandy Inn (from $159), a B&B adorned in ornate Victorian-style décor. Complimentary beach passes (forgoing the $8 cover charge) and ten free loaner bikes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Published on Jul 29, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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