Living in Stone Harbor, NJ
The borough of Stone Harbor, New Jersey, combines the tranquility of off-season beach living with the vibrant atmosphere of a popular summer resort. Located in Cape May County on the southern end of the Jersey Shore, it shares the Seven Mile barrier island with the slightly larger community of Avalon. The population of this quaint beachside town swells during the summer season that runs from Memorial Day in May through Labor Day in September.
Outdoor Life in Stone Harbor
Stone Harbor offers gleaming beaches, the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Intercoastal Waterway, and several notable outdoor natural attractions. The Wetlands Institute introduces visitors to the marshes and coastal ecosystems that define the Jersey Shore. With a mixture of exhibits and hands-on experience, the Institute covers more than 6,000 acres and hosts the annual Wings ‘N’ Water art festival and fundraiser.
The Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, a designated national landmark, is a nature preserve founded on land home to nesting birds that return each year from late spring to early winter. In addition to herons and egrets, the site also attracts monarch butterflies during the fall, and features both saltwater mashes and freshwater meadows.
Housing in Stone Harbor
A nod to summerly population swells, four times as many homes can be found in Stone Harbor as year-round residents. Many of the shore-side homes hearken to an earlier era, with Colonial or Cape-Cod features reminiscent of the quieter beach community Stone Harbor once was. Newer homes range between multi-family units and larger single-family properties. In any case, there is no doubt that homes for sale in Stone Harbor meet a wide range of tastes, whether buyers prefer smaller properties or five- or six-bedroom homes.
Transportation in Stone Harbor
New Jersey Transit offers bus routes to and through Stone Harbor on a daily basis, connecting the community with both Philadelphia and Manhattan. Via car, the trip to Philadelphia is about 73 miles, and the trip to Manhattan is about 155 miles. In addition, the Stone Harbor neighborhood and the small downtown shopping district can be reached through the island’s popular summer trolley system (which also services Avalon). Scenic Ocean Drive, which runs more than 50 miles from Cape May Point north to Atlantic City, runs directly through Stone Harbor.
Getting There & Around
64/100: Many nearby public transportation options.
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21/100: Almost all errands require a car.
2 nearby routes: 2 bus, 0 rail, 0 other
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WHAT LOCALS LOVE
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– Visiting the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, where you can take a tour guided by naturalists from the community’s own The Wetlands Institute or explore the sanctuary’s paths on your own.
– Learning about the community’s history at the Stone Harbor Museum, where you’ll find a collection of artifacts that bring the past to life.
– Spending time with their neighbors and visitors to the beach town during its many community events, including movie nights, free concerts and festivals like the Festival of Lights and the annual Arts & Crafts Festival, among others.
Top Neighborhood Spots[su_accordion] [su_spoiler title=”Dining”]Back Bay Seafood – 8305 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
The Watering Hull – 261 96th St – Unit 202, Stone Harbor
Yvette’s Cafe – 221 96th St, Stone Harbor
Seven Mile Pies – 261 96th St, Stone Harbor
Borghi’s Restaurant By the Bay – 8128 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Ristorante Luciano – 9820 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Quahog’s Seafood Shack – 206 97th St, Stone Harbor
Jay’s on Third – 9836 Third Ave, Stone Harbor
Fred’s Tavern & Liquor – 314 96th St, Stone Harbor
Green Cuisine – 302 96th, Stone Harbor
Crab Cake Hotline – 348 96th St, Stone Harbor
The Fishin’ Pier Grille – 97th 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Marabella’s Family Restaurant – 9426 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Spiaggetta – 9800 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Chill – 224 96th St, Stone Harbor
Lee’s Hoagie House – 9832 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Mack’s Pizza of Stone Harbor – 8301 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Water Star Grill at the Reeds – 9601 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
SAX at the Reeds – 9601 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Stone Harbor Bar & Grill – 261 96th St, Stone Harbor[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Shopping”]People People – 9810 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Blue Eden – 324 96th St, Stone Harbor
Boutique at the Beach – 9825 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Sun Catcher Surf Shop – 95 2nd Ave, Stone Harbor
Hoy’s 5 & 10 – 219 96th St, Stone Harbor
Seashore Ace Home & Outdoor Living – 260 96th St, Stone Harbor
Just Bead It – 9631 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Murdough’s Christmas Shop – 256 96th St, Stone Harbor
Harbor Bike & Beach Shop – 9828 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Stone Harbor Book Shop – 261 96th St, Stone Harbor
Terry Ivory Jewelry – 257 96th St, Stone Harbor
Island Studio Paint Your Own Pottery – 261 96th St – Suite 118, Stone Harbor[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Museums”]The Wetlands Institute – 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd, Stone Harbor[/su_spoiler] [su_spoiler title=”Activities”]Island Water Sports – 9633 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Stone Harbor Crib & Beach Rental – 266 98th St, Stone Harbor
Stone Harbor Yoga – 9823 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Rigi’s Amusement Center – 214 96th St, Stone Harbor
Harbor Bike & Beach Shop – 9828 3rd Ave, Stone Harbor
Parks Fishing Equipment & Things – 379 96th St, Stone Harbor
Yacht Club of Stone Harbor – 9001 Sunset Dr, Stone Harbor
Freedom Fitness Club – 346 96th St, Stone Harbor[/su_spoiler]
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