Sunday, July 9, 2023 / by Teresa DiPeso
Once again, Ocean City has proven its eminence as the favorite beach destination in the Garden State. For an impressive 10th consecutive year, beach enthusiasts have chosen Ocean City's stunning beaches as the number one choice in the statewide poll for "New Jersey's Favorite Beaches."
The announcement of the winners took place on Friday morning, as representatives from the N.J. Sea Grant Consortium gathered at the Ocean City Music Pier to unveil the results of the annual contest. The competition featured winners from the four coastal counties, and Ocean City emerged victorious not only as the overall favorite beach but also as the top beach in Cape May County.
Expressing his delight, Mayor Jay Gillian conveyed his appreciation in a news release, stating, "It's fantastic to witness Ocean City receiving this honor once again. Every year presents new challenges, but Ocean City remains the best beach in the state and a beloved tradition for generations of families." Gillian extended his congratulations and gratitude to the city team, public safety departments, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Development Commission, Boardwalk and Downtown Merchants associations, local businesses, volunteer groups, and the entire community, emphasizing their collective efforts in making Ocean City a remarkable place to live, work, and play.
The N.J. Sea Grant Consortium introduced the contest in 2008 with the aim of fostering pride and stewardship of New Jersey's beaches, while also promoting healthy competition among the state's favorite beach towns. The winners are determined through online voting, with measures in place to prevent multiple voting from the same individuals.
Michele Gillian, the executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, highlighted the significance of the award despite Ocean City's continued success. "We are absolutely thrilled that Ocean City has once again been recognized as New Jersey's Favorite Beach for 2023," she exclaimed. "Ocean City is fortunate to have a multitude of guests and homeowners who adore our eight miles of beautiful beaches. It truly is a remarkable community to be a part of."
Over the years, Ocean City has received numerous honors for its exceptional offerings to residents and visitors alike. The city has been named "Best Beach in America" and "Best Beach" in various other polls. Known as "America's Greatest Family Resort," Ocean City has also been acknowledged for its Boardwalk, downtown area, ecotourism, family-friendly attractions, and women-owned businesses.