I'm looking forward to spending as much time as possible on the sand this summer. I, like many of you, am fortunate to live close to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Just in time for summer, Thrillist has ranked the 12 best beaches in New Jersey. Check out what's on top!

12) Stone Harbor/Avalon

11) Belmar

10) Long Branch

9) Ocean Grove

8) Seaside Heights

7) Point Pleasant Beach

6) Ocean City

5) Long Beach Island

4) Spring Lake

3) Wildwood

2) Asbury Park

1) Cape May

I've spent time on most of the beaches listed above and I do have to say Cape May's gorgeous beaches would be right at the top of my list.

Wildwood is another favorite and I love that it's a FREE beach and you even get a workout finding a spot because the beach is so darn big!    .

LBI is another awesome spot, even though those pesky and annoying green head flies can be a real pain in the you know what!

Was your favorite beach left off the best beaches list?


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