Number of the day: 53

NJ Spotlight News | July 9, 2010

After the sweltering heat of the past week, many New Jerseyans are eyeing a trip down the shore this weekend. For the most part, they have a choice of 53 publicly owned beaches–but only six of them are free. Most beaches charge individuals between $5 and $8 or $10 per car. The NJ Public Advocate’s guide to New Jersey beaches details each of the public beaches and the services offered. A quick perusal demonstrates there is little correlation between public services and price–most likely for reasons that are obvious to New Jersey natives. Mantaloking, for instance, is the most expensive public beach at $12 a tag but it provides no lifeguards, restrooms or showers. Atlantic City provides all of that, plus changing rooms, and it is free.