NY Post – Where to find the jersey shores sun and fun without the sleaze

You should know about Long Branch, NJ.

It’s far from notoriously car-clogged Route 27 leading to the Hamptons, and worlds apart from Seaside Heights’ seedy carnival atmosphere farther down the Shore.

Roughly 60 miles from Midtown, this upscale beachfront locale was a popular destination for the region’s hoi polloi in centuries past, with visitors including a handful of US presidents. (Think Ulysses S. Grant and Chester A. Arthur; James Garfield traveled to Long Branch in 1881 in hopes that the quiet atmosphere and fresh air would help him recover from the gunshot wound that later killed him.)

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