My husband and I first discovered Brigantine, New Jersey in 2016 and loved how quiet it was compared to other Jersey Shore towns and how close it was to Philadelphia (almost exactly one hour!). We purchased a home there the following year, and have enjoyed both summers and winters in Brigantine as we’ve gone from a carefree couple to a growing family of (almost!) four (plus our rowdy Labradoodle.)
We were drawn to the wide, sparsely populated beaches, the large areas of nature preserve, the drive-on beaches and the fact that there are a few areas in Brigantine where dogs are allowed on the beach (seasonally). Just outside of Atlantic City, Brigantine is almost like a suburb of that city, with many more full-time residents than other Jersey Shore towns. What it lacks in a boardwalk or gourmet restaurants, Brigantine makes up for with natural beauty and far less bustle than many other shore towns. Here are some of our favorite spots to check out whether you’re spending a weekend or longer in this hidden gem at the Jersey Shore.