Memorial Day 2022: Check out these NJ vacation homes just a short drive from New York
STATEN ISLAND, NY – It’s the unofficial start of summer, so why not spend Memorial Day weekend surrounded by sun and surf?
It’s not too late to grab a vacation rental through VRBO.com, where everything from a small condo to a home that sleeps 20 can be easily booked online in minutes.
We have found that a number of houses are still available for the three-day weekend, although most specify that they only rent to adults and families – no groups of teenagers for prom or the graduation.
Here’s a sampling of what we found at Jersey Shore on VRBO.com:
Known for its boardwalk, rides and games, Seaside Heights is a short drive from Outerbridge Crossing. The town offers food, rides, and a water park for families, and homes for rent range from cottages to more elaborate spaces that can accommodate a large gathering.
House with a private terrace:
We found a stunning home with a private deck and three full bedrooms just half a block from the beach and boardwalk in Seaside Heights on VRBO.com. It has a washer and dryer, dishwasher, central air conditioning, granite counter tops, TV and Wi-Fi. The house is located in a very quiet area of Seaside Heights, according to the listing on VRBO.com., and has received five stars in previous reviews. Families can book Memorial Day weekend for a total of $1,250 per night. (See photo above)
Apartment with amenities
If apartment living is your style, we’ve found one in Seaside Heights, three blocks from the ocean, boardwalk, and water park. A one-bedroom suite, it sleeps four and features a courtyard with grill, outdoor shower, and terrace with tables and lounges. Two in-ground pools and a fire pit are on site, along with three courtyards. The apartment has discounts for rides and the water park.
Kids can play miniature golf, go go-karts, ride roller coasters, bike, fish, or jet ski, and about a mile south is Island Beach State Park. The apartment rents for $600 a night on VRBO.com.
Townhouse for four people
A townhouse two blocks from the ocean features three bedrooms and two full bathrooms and sleeps eight. It is available for families on Memorial Day weekend. It has a loft with private terrace and an off-street parking space in front. The townhouse has a washer and dryer, central air conditioning, flat screen TV, cable and WiFi. It’s available for rent on VRBO.com for $400 a night.
If you’re looking for a quiet experience and are willing to travel farther along the Garden State Parkway, Cape May is a quaint, quiet town with charm, yet it’s close to wineries, shopping, galleries, and gourmet restaurants. You will be seduced by the charming Victorian houses and the quiet beauty of the area. And its adjacent towns offer a more affordable option, while still being close to attractions.
We found this two bedroom cottage, located on a beachfront property in historic Townbank, available to rent over Memorial Day weekend. The house comfortably sleeps six people, according to the listing on VRBO.com. It offers stunning views of the dunes from the lanai for daily dolphin and sunset viewing.
The area is perfect for beach walking and no beach tag is required.
The Cape May-Lewis ferry is just over a mile down the road. If you want to hit the boardwalk at night, Cape May is a 10 minute drive away and Wildwood is also nearby.
The cottage sits in a large white picket fenced yard and offers plenty of space for outdoor fun. Access to the beach is simply through the gate, down the short, gently sloping dune. Pets are welcome, for an additional fee. To book this home for $350 a night, visit VRBO.com.
Elegant house for 20 people
If you want to bring a crowd, you’ll love the beach views from this elegant six-bedroom home in Cape May, just steps from the ocean. Sunsets can be enjoyed sitting on the porch or watching from one of the many balconies. Several families can share this vacation home. It has three full bathrooms, two half baths, and an open floor plan.
A large gourmet kitchen with granite countertops provides plenty of space to gather and prepare meals. The back lawn has views of protected wetlands and a meadow.
The house is available on VRBO.com for $2,000 per night.
Want to see the bay?
This cozy home offers views of the Delaware Bay and is steps to the free beach, just one house away. The whole house has been recently renovated and offers three bedrooms, an open plan living room, kitchen and dining room. The living room has a sofa bed.
A second floor balcony/loft overlooks the living room and offers spectacular views of the bay, while a second floor den has a queen bed and TV. The second floor master bedroom has a king bed and a view of the water.
The house rents for $566 per night over Memorial Day weekend and is still available on VRBO.com.