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Ocean City New Jersey is “America’s Greatest Family Resort”… and we have proof to back this claim! Browse our many awards to see why OCNJ is a favorite vacation spot for tens of thousands of annual visitors.


Tourism Recognition for OCNJ

TripAdvisor has recognized Ocean City, NJ as a top "Destination on the Rise in 2015"

Ocean City, NJ was named as one of the top 5 Best Places for Women-Owned Businesses in 2015 by NerdWallet!

Ocean City, NJ voted Best Beach in 2014 by New Jersey Monthly readers!

Ocean City, NJ voted Best Boardwalk in 2014 by New Jersey Monthly readers!

Forbes ranks Ocean City, NJ #3 as America's Smartest Small Town in 2014! 

Ocean City, NJ wins People's Choice Award for Favorite NJ Downtowns in 2014!

Ocean City, NJ was Voted #1 Beach in NJ in 2014!

Ocean City, NJ was Voted Best Destination for Family Vacations in 2014!

Ocean City, NJ was Voted Best Destination for Day Trips in 2014!

Ocean City, NJ was Voted Best Destination for Ecotourism in 2014! 

National Geographic Travel Names Ocean City, NJ in Reader Recs: World's Best Beach Towns! in 2014!

Ocean City won the New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award in 2014!

Ocean City was named #1 in the Most Wanted 'Second Home' Spots in the U.S. by in 2014!

Ocean City was named the #1 Place to Buy a Vacation Home in 24/7 Wall Street's "10 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home" on in 2013.

Ocean City Tourism Commission was awarded "Excellence in Advertising" by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

The new tourism website received the 2012 Bronze Award for Consumer Information in the Horizon Interactive "10th Anniversary" Awards!

Ocean City was named Least Angry and Least Depressed Place in the U.S. in 2012!

Ocean City Boardwalk was named one of the Best in the U.S. by the Travel Channel in 2011, 2012.

Ocean City was named #1 City for Independent Retailers in the Nation in 2011.

Ocean City was voted one of NJ’s Top Ten Beaches in 2011.

Ocean City was named 1 of 31 Best Beach Vacations by Coastal Living Magazine in 2011, 2012.

Ocean City was presented with the Sustainable Jersey Certified Community Award in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Ocean City was voted the #1 Beach in New Jersey in 2009.

Ocean City was voted the #1 Beach in New Jersey for Day Trippers in 2009. 

Ocean City was voted teh #1 Beach in New Jersey for Ecotourism in 2009. 

Travel Channel selected as one of the “Best Family Beaches in America”in 2007 and “Best Beaches in America” in 2009.

One of the Top Ten American Surf Towns by Surfer Magazine.

The Ocean City area was ranked on the 2009 Forbes’ list of Best Small Places for Business and Careers.

The 2009 Nielsen Claritas Restaurant Growth Index ranked Ocean City in the top five Cities to open new restaurants.

The Press of Atlantic City honored Ocean City in 2008 with its Readers Choice Award for the “Best Family Attraction” in 2008.

Ocean City was ranked the #1 vacation spot in the region by readers of the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2008. The Inquirer described vacationing in Ocean City as, “Colorful umbrellas. Dolphins. Long walks together. Boardwalk. Music Pier. Family & Friends. The week that could go on for ever.”

Frommer’s highlighted Ocean City in its 13 “top destinations” for 2008 picked by its editorial staff, spotlighting Ocean City as a “charming boardwalk town”.

Fine Living Magazine rated our Boardwalk # 4 in the Nation. Noting “Ocean City more in touch with its 19th century roots, The Ocean City Boardwalk provides a glimpse of the elegant Victorian seaside resorts that once dotted the mid-Atlantic coast”.

Ocean City beaches ranked among thetop three in the region in 2008 by two separate surveys announced by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium and the myfoxphilly’s hotlist.

Yahoo Travel Guide spotlighted Ocean City in its list of “Movers & Shakers” which had the largest increase in web traffic on the Yahoo Travel Guide Web Site. Ocean City catapulted from 117 in 2006 to #2 in 2007.

USA Today honored Ocean City as one of the “15 Most Unforgettable Vacations” in 2007.

The Weather Channel listed Ocean City in the “Top Ten American Boardwalks” noting that “you’ll want to remember your time here for years to come.”

OCNJ was honored by the National League of Cities for winning the 2008 Innovation in governance Award in the category of Innovative Local Use of Clean and Sustainable Energy.

American Heart Association named Ocean City one of the few Fit Friendly communities in the country. OCNJ was prominently mentioned in Forbes Magazine in October 2008 for receiving this honor.

Recognized by the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce for Environmental Leadership in 2008.