Everything you need to know to have a successful trip to the Jersey Shore
Best time to visit: Regulars will tell you right after Labor Day, and with good reason: Avoid the rush of vacationers but still sneak in while the weather is hot.
Worst time to visit: Out-of-towners begin booking their stays during July through August months in advance, so unless you love dealing with crowds, avoid.
Beach rules: Atlantic City and Wildwood beaches are free, but Cape May requires beach tags ($6 daily; $28 seasonal). Our advice is to not try and sneak alcohol on any of the beaches, as it is not permitted.