Travel Journal | Roadtrip to Long Beach Island, NJ

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I can’t believe it’s September already – the months have just been flying by, and so have my opportunities to visit the beach.  Fortunately, the New Jersey beaches are only about a 1-2 hour drive from the Philadelphia area, making a day trip or short overnight trip easy to fit in, even during the week.  So before the weather gets too cold, my boyfriend and I decided to head down for a short stay on Labor Day, and we rented a cute little MINI Cooper Countryman through Enterprise CarShare to get us there!

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Part of the reason I was excited to try out Enterprise CarShare was to explore alternative ways of getting around the city without a car.  I’ve been thinking about moving back into Philadelphia, and can already see their program eliminating a lot of the stresses associated with owning a car in the city – from finding and paying for parking, to the general cost of maintenance/repairs and even gas trips (gas is actually included in the Enterprise CarShare rental cost).

The best part about Enterprise’s CarShare program in particular is that you can literally pick up a car anytime of the day – all you need is your phone to make the reservation, and your membership card on hand to access the vehicle. They have designated parking spots all over Philadelphia that are within walking distance of almost every spot in the city, plus a bunch of vehicles to choose from – including roomy SUVs, cargo vans for moving, and zippy compacts for quick trips. For our trip, we decided to rent a Mini since we needed something small and zippy to get around the beach town, yet comfortable for the back and forth highway driving.

enterprise car share trip to long beach island nj

enterprise car share trip to long beach island nj

In a few hours, we arrived at the Jolly Roger, located right at tip of Long Beach Island, NJ.  Between the balconies and roof decks, it offers amazing views of the ocean, plus it’s just a few steps away from the beach and wildlife preserves.

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enterprise car share review philadelphia to long beach island (1 of 1)-2

Lucky for us, we arrived just days after Hurricane Hermine hit.  Still, we got to see some of its effects, including a crazy amount of beach erosion.  The waves were also rough, which of course caught the attention of local surfers.  There must have been 20-30 of them out there, with their posses of photographers and filmers safely watching from the beach – right where I stayed, too.  🙂  (If I had a boogie board, it would have been a different story!).  Oh, look – there’s one!

enterprise car share trip to long beach island nj

enterprise car share trip to long beach island nj

enterprise car share trip to long beach island nj

enterprise car share review philadelphia to long beach island (1 of 1)-2

enterprise car share trip to long beach island nj

And of course, no NJ beach trip is complete without a drive down to the bay to watch the sunset!

enterprise car share trip to long beach island nj

long beach island new jersey sunset

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There’s nothing quite like a beach trip when it comes to refreshing the mind, body, and spirit.  If I end up moving back into the city, this is one trip I’ll be making as often as possible come next summer.  Plus, it helps to know that Enterprise CarShare makes it quick and easy to get there – even for those spontaneous, last minute trips!

What are some of your favorite day or overnight trips to take during the summertime?

 

This blog post was sponsored by Enterprise CarShare. All opinions and images are my own. If you’re interested in trying the program, sign up here and use the promo code BLOG16. It’s $0 to join, $0 for your first year membership, plus $20 in driving credits.

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  • Alicia Taylor

    That’s a sporty little car! When my husband used to travel for work, he used Enterprise quite a bit, but I’ve never heard of the carshare program. That’s new. I live 20 minutes from the beach, but didn’t go at all this year. Florida beaches are too crowded for my taste. I love the river, though.

  • Dana

    Sunsets over the water are some of the best things! And the beach erosion was definitely a sight even just from the pictures you took. Here in CA we see the impact of the drought and it’s stunning (not in a good way) at times.

  • Candy Kage

    Beach and the sunset what a great way to end the perfect day.

  • Serena Reidy

    Beautiful sunset! Looks like a fab place to visit!

    Serena / http://www.ramblingsofanotherunistudent.blogspot.co.uk

  • Carrie R

    I have never heard of the Enterprise CarShare program before, but what a cool concept! 🙂 So great for a spur of the moment road trip!

  • Love the photos! And that carshare program sounds interesting… I may have to go look into it some more!

    Kirsten – http://thewanderingbrunette.com

  • Krystel Seijo

    Your photos are fantatsic. I’m from NJ so I allign with all of this closely. Glad you had a good time.

  • John Gaudet

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/18d376662221ec15d6f03fdd0d1ae424b1e75e8393e428f4dd264a3d47f77334.jpg
    Fabulous pictures of the sunset! Love them. The other pics too…..I’m just of lover of sunrises and sunsets. Seems like a cool place to visit. I may have to try when I back in the states in November. Also, thanks for the info on the EnterpriseCarShare!