I absolutely agree w/ both of you...going down the shore doesn't necessarily mean I am going to "the Beach" IT could be casinos in A.C. , Xmas in Cape May, festival of lights in Ocean City. I'm happy to be down the shore any time of year!
LOL, Jazz. Confusing, but it actually makes perfect sense. You are going to the shore - which is a stretch of beaches. But once you've gotten onto the sand, you are defnitely on a *specific* one, so you're at the beach! :)
love the explanations......... I think I use the shore as a general term for heading anywhere near the ocean. Once Im down the "shore" if I am going to go on the sand and hang out - I am on the beach. How confusing is that.
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I'm with MAGA99. I say "beach" when I mean a specific place (Bradley Beach, Point Pleasant Beach, etc.) - "I'm going to Bradley Beach," for instance. But if I do a bike ride from Bradley Beach to Sandy Hook, I say "I biked along the shore" because I went through/by several beaches.
My parents (I am now 70) always referred to it as "Let's' go to the Shore" or " we just came back from the Shore". I can still remember the days when polio was a scare, and the shore was a safe place to be...We also went to the shore to avoid whooping Cough epidemics...I have associated " The Shore" all my llfe w/ happy times, and still continue to do so and call it that.
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All of the other comments are good, My reason for calling it the shore is beause when we went down to Avalon we lived on the bay. You can't say going to the beach when you live on the bay. So we went to the shore!
I've been a "local" here for 30 years. Growing up in North Jersey, we always said we were going "down the shore".. Guess I'll always be a North Jersey girl at heart, as I still call it "the shore".. Btw.. I'm in Forked River :)
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I always grew up that the Bennies called it "the shore". Everyone I know here in Brick and surrounding area who's lived here a long time calls it the beach. Real Bennies go "down the shore" and north Jerseyers and farther removed Bennies tend to say "to the shore". Everyone who's really a local, in my experience, calls it the beach. :)
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Because we have many beaches. Also because not all of the shore is a beach. A great deal of the shore is wetlands and waterways. We in south Jersey, at the shore, basically consider Point Pleasant/Seaside the northern end of the shore, which runs all the way down to Cape May. That's close to 100 miles of shoreline.
If talking about the shore, you mean anywhere in this region. Locally, when you talk about the beach, you're referring to the local beach and/or barrier island. If you're in Somers Point, and going to the beach, you're going to Ocean City. If you're in Somers Point, and going down the shore, you're heading to the Cape May area
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Well, it appears to be a commerce term according to Wikipedia:
The Jersey Shore is a term used to refer to both the Atlantic coast of New Jersey and the adjacent resort and residential communities. The New Jersey State Department of Tourism considers the Shore Region, Greater Atlantic City, and the Southern Shore to be distinct, each having different character. The other three tourism marketing areas are the Gateway, the Delaware Valley, and the Skylands.
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