Best beaches lists are a dime a dozen at this time of the year, and most of them seem to be stuff-the-ballot-box popularity contests, where the winning town launched a voting campaign.  The results reveal good town spirit, but not necessarily the "best beach".

USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards contest is prone to the same pitfall, but its national scope would seem to give the poll a bit more credibility.

With that disclaimer out of the way, congratulations to six South Jersey towns whose beaches ranked in the poll's top ten statewide, with Wildwood being named the overall best beach in New Jersey.

USA TODAY remarks that...

Wildwood Beach is packed with activity both on and off the sand. Visitors will find three amusement parks within walking distance of the boardwalk with more than 100 rides and attractions.

Here's the list of South Jersey's top six beaches, according to the USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards

1 - Wildwood

2 - Brigantine

3 - Cape May

4 - Ocean City

5 - Atlantic City

6 - Stone Harbor Point

 

Source: USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice travel awards