The best Airbnbs on the Jersey ShoreGet the Full StoryAs states begin phased reopenings following lockdowns due to the novel coronavirus, many travelers will be looking for easy domestic getaways.
The Jersey Shore offers a quaint seaside vacation within driving distance for many East Coasters. Filled with 141 miles of large sandy beaches, the area is famous for its retro beach towns and boardwalk kitschiness.
We picked top-rated shore houses on Airbnb from Point Pleasant to Cape May, ranging in price from 110 to 325.
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With the beaches officially open as of Memorial Day weekend, more daytrippers and weekend warriors will surely be itching to get back down the shore this year although it may look a little different due to the novel coronavirus.
In general, the boardwalks are made up of many small businesses, so the opening and distancing rules of each establishment will vary, and some will likely be closed altogether this year. Currently, New Jersey restaurants are allowed to open, but only for outdoor dining. Indoor dining is set to return July 2 but at reduced capacity.
Even shore icons like the Wildwood tram car, which has been bluntly asking boardwalk strollers to "Watch the tram car, please" for over 70 years, will return with plexiglass dividers and a twice-per-hour wipe down.
But, the Jersey Shore has already proved its adaptability once before after rebounding from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy back in 2012. Despite the recent changes, Jersey's beaches offer a coastal getaway within driving distance for many East Coasters. And, good news for those thinking about renting a car to get there, experts have weighed in on the risks of car rentals and deemed them largely safe.
Seaside hotels are usually the go-to down the shore, but if you want to minimize contact with other people, there are plenty of apartments and whole homes on Airbnb available to rent. Plus, you can take comfort in the fact that Airbnb has implemented new cleaning procedures for hosts to follow.
If you're wondering if staying at an Airbnb is wise right now, consider that experts have said Airbnbs, as opposed to hotels, may actually be the safer option. Plus, with big swaths of sand, like Wildwood's remarkably long 500-yard wide beach, there's plenty of room for everybody to stay six feet away from each other and practice safe social distancing.
However, it's important to consider that without a vaccine, there is no guarantee of safety. We always recommend following guidelines from the CDC and WHO, and taking precautions like wearing a mask and social distancing. You'll also want to weigh your own personal risk factors before deciding if travel right now is right for you.
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If you do decide to take a jaunt down the shore, we searched the most popular Jersey beach towns for Airbnb listings that stood out for being impeccably clean, close to the beach, and well-reviewed. The area has mostly shaken its MTV party reputation, and towns like Asbury Park and Ocean City are excellent for families. Though if the Point Pleasant house from MTV's hit is what you're looking for, it's bookable, too.
We chose Airbnbs that fit the following criteria:
Airbnb listings are for the entire home, so you don't have to worry about sharing a bathroom with your host or another guest.
The home is affordably priced, ranging from 110 to 325, and available to book in the summer and fall of 2020, as of publishing time.
All are highly-rated Airbnb listings with a review score of 4.8 or higher.
Properties are unique and modern with free parking and proximity to the beach.
Although not a perk offered by all of these Airbnbs, ask your host if beach badges will be included in your stay. They are required to access most beaches in New Jersey and having them waiting for you when you arrive can save you from paying a pesky daily fee.
These are the best Airbnbs on the Jersey Shore, sorted by price from low to high.Atlantic City: Cozy oceanfront condo with amazing views, 110
Book this oceanfront condo starting at 110 per night
Wake up and see nothing but blue. With a panoramic window looking over the ocean, this high-rise studio condo in Atlantic City is a chic and minimalistic alternative to a room at one of the casinos. With parking included, you won't need to worry about where to keep your car and can enjoy direct access to the boardwalk. The listing also mentions a shared gym and pool in the building, but these may be closed currently.
One unique design element of this apartment is the window above the jacuzzi tub, which lets in a lot of natural light, but can also be covered up for more privacy.
This Airbnb has some availability in June and July, but more nights open up towards the end of August.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific cleaning procedures are mentioned, but the apartment has an average cleanliness score of 4.9 and the host is a Superhost.
Atlantic City: Beach block apartment, 115
Book this beach block apartment starting at 115 per night
This second-floor studio apartment has been recently remodeled and includes a parking pass that will allow you to park on the street.
Inside, you'll find a modern kitchen, smart TV, and nice tile work in the shower. It's a relatively new listing, but the space feels fresh and up to date. Ideal for couples or solo travelers, the location is this listing's biggest draw. You can see the boardwalk and beach from the first-floor patio which guests have access to .
Weekends are booked up through July 2020, but this apartment has a lot more availability beginning in August and is totally open in September, at the time of publishing.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: A newer listing, it doesn't have that many reviews yet, but guests who stayed in June 2020 note that this listing was very clean and it has a cleanliness rating of 5.0.
Mystic Island: Family-sized home on the lagoon, 150
Book this home on the lagoon starting at 150 per night
With room enough for six, this huge house on the Mystic Island Lagoon, between Atlantic City and Long Beach Island, is perfect for a family-focused getaway.
In addition to the outdoor seating area, hammocks, fire pit, and grill, the big draw of this listing is the huge dock that puts you right on the water. You can rent some kayaks or use the house's pedal boat free of charge. The home's decor is nautical, without being kitschy and the deck views, complete with an outdoor breakfast nook, are lovely.
This listing is booked through until August, but more nights open up in September and October.
COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This Superhost has officially committed to Airbnb's "Enhanced Clean," which dictates a strict cleaning protocol. Past reviewers rave about the home's impeccable cleanliness and it scored a perfect 5.0 rating in this category.
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