Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
Avalon Ms

Avalon, New Jersey

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Avalon adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Photograph by Stephen Paur, My Shot

Pop. 2,133
GPS: 39°05'N 74°44'W

While boardwalks, amusement parks, and McMansions engulf the rest of the Jersey Shore, Avalon has stayed relatively sprawl-free. Its newly protected beaches—habitats for both surfers and terrapin turtles—have some of the last high dunes in the area.

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PLAY
Hop aboard one of the Miss Avalon's four-hour charters; stay inshore (5 to 15 miles out) for blues and striped bass ($40 a person, plus $4 for a rod rental), or head out to open water for marlins or sharks on an overnight trip (missavalon.com). Rather make nice with the fish? Rent a kayak from Moran’s Dockside and get up close and personal ($20 an hour; avalonfishing.com).

EAT
The crab cakes at Oceanside Seafood are a must (oceansideseafoodavalon.com). Yvette’s Café in nearby Stone Harbor claims to offer “a taste of Europe at the Jersey Shore,” and locals think it's spot-on. Order sandwiches piled high with fresh, organic veggies, cheeses, and imported European meats on locally-baked crispy baguettes or soft focaccia. We hear the French Brie is particularly good: brie, Asian pears, strawberries, mixed greens, and poppy seed dressing. Wash it down with one of Yvette’s fruit-flavored iced teas (yvettescafe-bistro.com).

SLEEP
The Doctor’s Inn, set in a quiet Victorian mansion, is the perfect antidote to a long day at the beach (doubles from $99; doctorsinncmch.com).

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