Stone Harbor continually ranks as one of the most expensive places to live in New Jersey, but that doesn't stop families from venturing down for weekend excursions to the shore resort.

While Stone Harbor lacks a boardwalk, it's one of the area's major destinations for unique shopping. People coming into town via Stone Harbor Boulevard are greeted by a row of restaurants and specialty shops along 96th Street.

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Be sure to bring some spare change with you when you visit Stone Harbor, since parking meters are essential to shop and to go onto the beach itself. The current rate of the meters is a quarter for thirty minutes.

The meters in the shopping district are limited to four hours, but a kiosk at 95th Street by the beach lets you put in for as much time as you need in the borough's 110-spot parking lot.

Restrooms are open year-round at 96th Street and Second Avenue. During the summer, they're also open by 95th Street and the beach.

The three-mile long beach does require beach tags. Tag checkers are on the lookout, but they'll also sell you one if you don't have one on hand. Ages 12 and older are required to have a beach tag. 2017 tags can be purchased at the 95th Street beach-tag office 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week for $28. Seasonal tags before Wednesday are $23. Weekly tags are $12, daily $6.

Two areas of the beach are set aside for surfing at 81st Street and 111th Street.

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