Hotel at a Glance: The White Sands Oceanfront Resort & Spa
Depending on who you ask, the official Jersey Shore coastline runs somewhere between 130 and 200 miles, from Sandy Hook in the north to Cape May in the south. Toward the north end of the Shore sits the oceanfront community of Point Pleasant Beach, a quaint, family-friendly berg. Here, The White Sands Oceanfront Resort & Spa presides over a stretch of private beach. Visitors to the AAA Three-Diamond resort can lounge near the Atlantic, dine in one of the three on-site eateries, and splash around in the oceanside outdoor pool or heated indoor pool.
- On-site dining: There's Italian cuisine at Finestre, breakfast and casual American fare at Waffles and More South, and drinks and quick eats at Papa's Lounge
- Guest room amenities: TVs, private balconies or patios, mini-refrigerators, and coffeemakers
- Spa treatments: Enjoy a stone massage, organic facial, or hydrating body wrap at the on-site Sea Spa and Salon
- Distance to Jenkinson's boardwalk: 0.6 miles
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey: Seaside Boardwalk with Family-Friendly Amusement Park Rides and Aquarium
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey is a popular spot for families vacationing along the Jersey Shore. The mile-long Jenkinson's Boardwalk hugs the town's namesake beach and is lined with concession stands, souvenir shops, and arcade games. You can play a round of mini-golf, nibble on saltwater taffy, or take a spin on amusement park rides including the carousel, Tilt-a-whirl, and bumper cars.
Be sure to visit the boardwalk's centerpiece, Jenkinson's Aquarium, home to African penguins, seals, alligators, and both Pacific and Atlantic sharks. If you time your visit right, you can catch one of the animal feedings, which happen about three times daily.