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Fun in the Sun on Sandy Shores

Imagine sugar-white sands and shimmering turquoise waves lapping at your toes. Sound divine? Whether you choose to frolic in the brilliant green sea along Florida's Emerald Coast or prefer to unwind in an exotic island locale such as Thailand or the Philippines, read on for beach vacation inspiration.

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Brighton Beach Surf Shop
Brighton Beach Surf Shop

Brighton Beach Surf Shop

The Brighton Beach Surf Shop has been a mainstay of the Jersey Shore since 1962. Swing by the shop for surf lessons, ding repairs, classic boards and more. 960 1280

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Randy Townsend

Randy Townsend

Surfer Randy Townsend gives the shaka sign of greeting, as New Jersey writer Jon Coen holds his surfboard on Long Beach Island. 960 1280

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Wildwood

Wildwood

Wildwood (or Wildwoods, as it's also called, if you count its 4 communities) is a city in Cape May County, NJ. It's also a popular summer resort destination, with a nearly 2-mile boardwalk, amusement complex and waterparks. 960 1280

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Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City Boardwalk

The Atlantic City Boardwalk dates back to 1870, making it one of the oldest boards of its kind in the US. Through the years, it's also been home to several piers. 960 1280

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Seaside Heights Boardwalk

Seaside Heights Boardwalk

On the Seaside Heights Boardwalk, sample a salt water taffy treat. The sweet sticky candy is made with sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, glycerine, water, salt, butter, flavor, food color -- but contrary to its name -- no salt water. 960 1280

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James Candy Company

James Candy Company

At the James Candy Company, all salt water taffy, boardwalk fudge, cream mints and coconut macaroons are made in the company's original factory, pictured here. 960 1280

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Cool Scoops

Cool Scoops

It's not called Cool Scoops for nothing. This ice cream parolor in Wildwood, NJ, takes you back in time, with memorabilia including this Elvis statue. 960 1280

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Cool Scoops Car Booth

Cool Scoops Car Booth

The Cool Scoops ice cream parlor includes a Car Booth Room, with vintage vehicles. 960 1280

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Seaside Heights Dusk

Seaside Heights Dusk

Seaside Heights is best known as the setting for MTV's reality TV series Jersey Shore. Here, a gentle orange glow casts a tinge on the beach at dusk. 960 1280

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Karma

Karma

There's a lot of action going on inside. An exterior shot of Karma, a popular night club that inspired no shortage of drama for MTV's Jersey Shore crew. 960 1280

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Lifeguards

Lifeguards

You're in good hands with these dudes. Here, 4 lifeguards stand before a patrol vehicle on the beach. 960 1280

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Boardwalk

Boardwalk

It's an amusement park nirvana on Jersey Shore's boardwalks. 960 1280

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Wild Ocean Surf Shop

Wild Ocean Surf Shop

And when the sun sets on Jersey Shore, get ready for a vibrant nightlife filled with bars, clubs and more. Here, a view of the Wild Ocean Surf Shop in Wildwood, NJ. 960 1280

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Taking in the gorgeous views, Marianela says Rodeo Beach "surpassed my expectation." 960 1280

  

Rodeo Beach is known for its dark, pebbly seashore where you'll find beautiful orangey-pink, translucent grains of sand called Cornelian. 960 1280

  

Marianela finds fresh sage growing on the colorful hillside. 960 1280

  

One of her favorite things about Rodeo Beach is that it’s dog friendly. Not-too-many beaches in California are, surprisingly. 960 1280

  

"It feels like you're on the edge of the world," Marianela says. 960 1280

  

While exploring with Golden Gate educator Peter Demyanovich, Marianela discovers "what looked like a strange circular object out of Lost." 960 1280

  

Rodeo Beach is the perfect escape from nearby San Francisco -- just 30 minutes from the city and 2 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. 960 1280

  

Great for hiking, the coastal trail can lead up to a 1,000-foot elevation. 960 1280

  

Marianela’s tip: The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s best to wear layers. 960 1280

  

Marianela is tempted to explore forbidden terrain -- don’t worry our faithful crew stopped her. 960 1280

  

Marianela goofs off for the cameras during a long day of shooting. 960 1280

  

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