Different people have different needs. This holds especially true when looking for a vacation rental at the Jersey Shore, and especially in a town like Sea Isle City.
Sea Isle City is distinct from many other Jersey Shore locations like Wildwood, New Jersey in the sense that it doesn’t offer many hotel or motel rental options. In fact, there are only 3 options on the entire island for hotel lodging. Since some people prefer having daily maid service, and not having to clean up after they leave, hotel lodging is in big demand, but supply is very sparse. The three options in Sea Isle City that provide hotel-like lodging options are The Colonnade Inn, The Sea Isle Inn and the LaCosta Coast Motel.
LaCosta and The Sea Isle Inn are both your typical motel/hotel. For the most part, each room is the same and it feels like a hotel. On the other hand, the Colonnade Inn offers an antique Victorian experience, where each room is completely unique. Many rooms have a jacuzzi and fireplace.
The good news about hotel/motel rentals is that they provide the opportunity for nightly rentals as opposed to weekly rentals. So if you need more flexibility and don’t want to pay for a whole week, then these are the only 3 options you really have on the entire island of Sea Isle City.
The hotel/motel rental option is good for those who only need limited space. However, if you have more than 5 individuals who want to stay in the same unit, you’ll probably need to look for a beach house rental. Most beach house rentals require that you stay at least one week. Some units provide discounts if you stay multiple weeks because that eliminates a round of checking out and checking in. Seasonal rentals are also available, usually at significant discounts, though expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars.
One of the great things about Sea Isle City, NJ is that it is a long, but thin island. It has a long coastline, but very little depth. Because of this, you are never more than 4 blocks from the beach. While everyone desires beachfront property, in Sea Isle City, even if you are at the other side of the island, you are still within walking distance of the beach. This is a huge advantage over other shore towns.
If you are looking to save money, look for properties on Central Avenue or back. Central Ave is only 3 blocks from the beach, but most people aim to get rental units on either ocean front, Pleasure Avenue. or Landis. Central Ave provides the best bang for the buck.
If you are with a really large group of more than 10 people, you might want to consider renting both sides of a side by side duplex. This way you stay close together, but don’t have to be too crowded. Most properties, being single family homes, aren’t well suited for more than 10 people.
If your entire group is under 25 years of age, you may have trouble finding a rental. Many rental unit owners explicitly state that they will not accept anyone under this age. There are usually a few rental locations in Sea Isle City who are welcoming of responsible young people, so make sure to ask your real estate agent for suggestions.
If you are looking for a vacation rental that allows pets, you’re going to run into trouble. To put things bluntly, most owners do not want cats and dogs in their property. While there are a few locations that allow pets, you should be aware that you’ll pay a premium and normally get a downgrade. Most pet friendly properties are of a lesser quality and tend to be older. It might be worth your money and overall vacation experience to find a good doggy day care or neighbor to babysit your pet.