New Jersey Shore Region
The Shore Region of the state of New Jersey encompasses Monmouth and Ocean Counties. It is one of six such officially recognized areas, the others being the Greater Atlantic City Region, the Southern Shore Region, the Delaware River Region, the Skylands Region and the Gateway Region. Traditionally a leader in tourism, the shore region holds 15.1% of the state’s tourism, ranking 3rd in New Jersey. Since both counties have long stretches of beach, most of the tourism money is generated from the near shore areas of this region.
Much of the land is flat and coastal, maintaining a height of less than 250 feet across the entire stretch of both counties. There are, however, a few exceptions. The area known to locals as Huber Woods, near Locust, New Jersey; smaller hills dotting Atlantic Highlands and two unnamed hills in Plumsted and Jackson Townships. In Ocean County, long stretches of barrier islands make major harbors impractical, but the area has drawn much attention for its many sailing programs. Farther north, in Monmouth County, a sand spit called Sandy Hook is the tail end of famous beaches such as Deal, Long Branch, and Sea Bright, jutting into the New York Upper Bay.