Let me tell you a secret that most people don’t know. For Jersey Shore veterans, the best month of the year to visit the Jersey Shore is September.

September? Yes, September. It may sound like the beginning of fall, but in reality, a September vacation gives you the following benefits:

  1. Smaller crowds
  2. Warm water
  3. Less intense sun
  4. San Diego temperatures
  5. Cheaper rentals

Smaller Crowds

The difference between August and September is just short of amazing. But the fact is that the kids start back to school in September, and the beach crowds are much smaller. The great thing is that the entire month of September is ripe for enjoying a day at the beach.

Warm Water

In September, you’ve literally got the warmest water of the year. The ocean has had the chance to warm up from April-August. In September, you catch the ocean water at its very peak temperature for the year.

Less intense sun

Most people agree that the sun is most intense at the Jersey Shore in July and August. A mid or late September shore vacation brings great relief from the highest intensity sun.

San Diego temperatures

You know what they say about San Diego temperatures. 70’s all year round. Well, for much of September that’s exactly what you’ll get. Comfortable temperatures, perfect for a relaxing day at the beach.

Cheaper rentals

After the first week of September, prices for rentals at the shore go down quite a bit. Plan a mid or late September week-long vacation and you could save hundreds of dollars.


The fact is that if you can afford to wait until September, you’ll be in for the perfect Jersey Shore vacation at the perfect time of year. Not only will you avoid the large crowds, the intense sun and the peak-season prices, but you’ll also have the best water temperatures of the year. So if your fortunate enough to have September available, why not plan your trip then. It could be the best decision you make.