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About Jersey Shore

Calling all Guidos and Guidettes, it’s time to go back to the Shore! If the names Pauly D and Snooki mean anything to you, chances are you grew up alongside one of America’s first big reality-like TV shows, Jersey Shore.

Following a group of Italian-American friends as they live together in a vacation home along the coast of New Jersey, Jersey Shore was a hotbed for drama, scandal and lots and lots of fights. Where the Kardashians brought the drama, think of Jersey Shore as their more low-status, fighting cousins.

Although the show officially ran from 2009 to 2012, the Jersey Shore cast have amassed a huge amount of spin-offs and side gigs that have meant they’ve stayed in the spotlight long after the original show ended. In fact, most of the original cast are married with kids and are now in the spin-off, Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

Famous for their big nights out, copious amounts of fake tan and fake lashes, and outrageous quotes, the Jersey Shore cast made a name for themselves, quickly becoming fan favorites. Now, most fans have grown up alongside them, so where Jersey Shore goes from there, who knows?

All we know is that with nicknames like The Situation, Meatball and Snooki, this group of friends were not made to be out of the spotlight living a normal, calm existence. They’re just too entertaining!

City Locations

Seaside Heights, New Jersey

Location Types

American, Contemporary, Beach/Oceanview

Location Styles

Americana/Anywhere America, Beachfront

Jersey Shore Locations

As the name suggests, the majority of the best Jersey Shore scenes were filmed along New Jersey’s oceanfront strip, where beach clubs provided both work and play for the cast. Mostly, this was in an area called Seaside Heights which is now synonymous with the show.

Following the success of the series, in subsequent seasons and spin-offs, MTV followed the group to Miami, Texas, the Bahamas, and even Florence, Italy. The show went truly international, and the spin-offs that don’t include the original cast are getting into the double figures, most famously with a show in Newcastle, UK called Geordie Shore.

Many of the huge vacation houses that the group stays in are still around and available to rent out if you fancy staying in a bit of modern TV history. If you don’t have that kind of cash to splash, there are still plenty of Jersey Shore film shoot locations that you can visit and relive those iconic scenes that made the show so popular.

There are definitely spoilers ahead, mostly for the earlier seasons, but there are a few references to Jersey Shore Family Vacation. If you’re not up to date, some things might get spoiled, but it’s all on social media too, so it’s definitely time to catch up!

The first GTL scene in Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore House, Seaside Heights

Over the seasons, Jersey Shore coined a lot of phrases that you might hear Millennials referring to – either ironically or unironically – to this day. Most of them come out of fights or going to one of the many clubs, but some peaches come from seemingly mundane tasks.

One such gem comes from Vinny at the shared Shore House when he’s explaining how to become a Guido, which is how they refer to themselves as working-class Italian-Americans.

In the narration booth, Vinny says: “GTL. Gym. Tanning. Laundry. That's how you make the guidos.”

The iconic Jersey Shore House has been used for multiple series and has a look that every fan will instantly recognize. It’s also the site of the Shore Store where a lot of the cast worked during the early seasons.

Now the Jersey Shore House is a tourist attraction that’s filled with memorabilia, sure to delight any hardcore Shore fan.

As the house is situated just off the boardwalk, you can easily walk or cycle there if you’re in the area. Alternatively, park in the car parks for the beach and walk around the corner.

If you’re looking for public transport in Seaside Heights, it mostly goes to the center of town, not the boardwalk. You can get the OC10 from the town of Tom’s River to Seaside Heights and walk about 10 minutes from the bus stop to the Shore House.

Snooki washes clothes in the sink scene in Jersey Shore

606 Ocean Court, Miami House

Now, we know that laundry is a crucial part of the GTL way of living, but when the gang arrived in Miami in season one, Snooki ends up washing her clothes in the sink after Ron Juice gets spilled all over them.

It leads to yet another classic Snooki line: "I feel like a pilgrim from the friggin' '20s."

There is so much in this sentence that we don’t even know where to start. Snooki truly is a woman of the people.

Obviously, when the gang decided to hit up Miami for season two, the Jersey Shore production team needed to find a suitable replacement for the Shore House, and they smashed it out of the park with the Miami House.

Location is everything and 606 Ocean Court was just off South Beach, making it the ideal base for the cast’s adventures in South Florida. If you’re looking to visit, there’s a parking lot around the corner, as well as the South Beach Loop bus route running just a couple of roads away.

Snooki gets punched scene in Jersey Shore

Beachcomber Bar & Grill

Okay, if we’re talking about iconic Jersey Shore scenes, the part in season one where Snooki got punched by a high school gym teacher in a bar has to be up there. It was so shocking that MTV didn’t even show the actual punch, but it made headlines.

In their local hangout, the Beachcomber Bar & Grill, Julio buys the gang a round of shots. For some reason, this group of guys starts stealing them and Snooki is having none of that. After some words, a punch is thrown and it’s game over.

Before the punch gets thrown, you can hear Snooki saying, “It’s not for you”, referring to the shot.

The Beachcomber Bar & Grill is one of the most popular hangout spots for the original cast of Jersey Shore, being just a stone’s throw away from the main house. The owner spoke out after the fight saying that the customer had been cut off beforehand and things just spiraled.

Again, as it’s on the front, the best way to get there is directly down the boardwalk. You can drive or take public transport, but Seaside Heights is largely walkable.

The murder mystery scene in Jersey Shore

Isla Bella Resort

So, this comes from the original cast spin-off, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, a show which proves while you might be older, you might not be wiser. In this episode, we see the culmination of a prank war that’s been going on between friends.

Deena, however, takes it too far by paying an actor to play dead in the resort pool, giving the rest of the cast a huge fright, before announcing it’s a murder mystery prank. Of course, she did.

While everyone is freaking out, Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino comes out with the poignant, and let’s be honest, surprisingly deep quote: “Life's going to happen on life's terms”. Wow, Mike.

The resort that the group and their families stay in during season five is the Isla Bella Resort in South Florida on the Keys. Eagle-eyed fans spotted the group filming there before the show was even announced, so they confirmed it later on.

You can of course stay at the resort and live the Jersey Shore fantasy for yourself. It’s a super beautiful spot, but as it’s on the Florida Keys, you’re going to need to either drive or get there via boat. Public transport is not a thing down here.

Boardwalk fight scene in Jersey Shore

Seaside Heights Boardwalk

Any Jersey Shore fan worth their salt knows that the main action on the show revolves around the Seaside Heights Boardwalk. All the big conversations, all the fights, all the fun. Whether the gang is just out in the sun, heading to the club or the beach, or having something big to talk about, the boardwalk is where it’s at.

In the first season, we see Pauly get into trouble with Danielle for going on a ride with another girl. Yep, classic jealousy move. It then escalated into a call later that night where Pauly said the iconic lines,

“You stalked my whole life on the boardwalk.” and then continued with, “You stalked my whole entire life.” Wow, that’s a whole new level of petty drama.

Of course, you can visit and hang out on the Seaside Heights boardwalk for yourself, running the whole length of the beach. Along the way, you’ll be able to see the Jersey Shore house, Shore Store and many of the bars and clubs made famous by the show.

How to get to this Jersey Shore filming location? There are numerous parking lots around the boardwalk and the beach area, but if you’re staying in Seaside Heights you can probably walk or cycle. The public bus stops in town which is about a 10 minute walk away.

Post-club in Florence scene in Jersey Shore

Club TwentyOne, Florence, Italy

So, after shooting seasons in Seaside Heights and in Miami, the Jersey Shore production team decided that in season four, the gang would be going back to their roots and heading to Florence, Italy. What could go wrong?

After touching down in Florence and unpacking, the guys quickly decided to go and check out the local club scene. Unfortunately, when they went to the club, all the girls looked pretty young. Whether they were or it was just the style who knows, but the guys were not feeling it.

On the walk back to the apartment, the guys reel off a now legendary list of moments when you realize she’s too young for you, including this Pauly D gem: “If that b**ch still plays laser tag, she's too young for you, bro”. Poetry.

Although there are lots of spots that they visit in Florence, locals seem to think that the club they went to was Club TwentyOne. It would make sense for the way they were walking back through the streets and piazzas of Florence towards their apartment.

You can check out Club TwentyOne for yourself, it’s right in the center of town in District 1. That means it’s super easy to get to on foot and the C2 bus stops around the corner. Just check the bus times because the club doesn’t open until 11:30 pm.

Conclusion

There are so many things that Jersey Shore has brought into our lives, whether we needed it or not. Somehow we all know what Guido and Guidettes are and know the definitive style of someone from the Jersey Shore.

Even though the original show ended in 2012, with all the spin-offs, we’ve had our continued fix of the Jersey Shore gang ever since, with Jersey Shore Family Vacation still going on right now.

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no doubting the impact that Jersey Shore has had on reality TV and celebrity life in general. As one of the first trashy reality shows, it brought a whole new genre that millions of us enjoy every day. So, thanks Jersey Shore.