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The Waterfront, Ellis Island & Spa Treatments in Jersey City, New Jersey

Best things to do in Jersey City New Jersey Julia Menez - waterfront courtesy of Bruce Emmerling on Pixabay

Jersey City waterfront. Photo courtesy of Bruce Emmerling on Pixabay

I’m really excited to interview Julia Menez of GeoBreeze Travel about Jersey City, New Jersey. Julia’s tips for the best things to do in Jersey City are awesome because she moved here from Colorado to have the big city close by to meet more people. She works from home and wants all of the conveniences and fun of a big city at her fingertips.

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It is easier to access Ellis Island from Jersey City than New York.

Jersey City, New Jersey

Jersey City is a diverse city that reflects the flavors and influences of the international community that lives here. It is just across the Hudson River from New York City, which makes it an affordable and convenient place to stay when visiting The Big Apple.

Julia says that the best time of year to visit is the Spring (April to June) and Fall (October and November) when the weather is mild. July and August can be hot and humid, while January through March is cold and snowy. Visitors to Jersey City enjoy Liberty State Park, Colgate Park baseball, taking photos of the New York City skyline, and exploring the waterfront. The Red Bull Arena, where the New York Red Bulls play soccer, is also just one train stop away.

Grove Street is where you’ll find a variety of food trucks and family events. Journal Square is a foodie area that Julia loves to eat at. Julia also enjoys the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, which is the largest in the U.S.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Jersey City Welcome Center, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Ganesh Chaturthi Festival elephant statue

Getting around Jersey City

The local airport is Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which is about a 30 minute drive to Jersey City.

Julia says that you don’t need a car in Jersey City. Public transportation through the PATH trains is plentiful and there are taxis anytime that you need one. If you must rent a car, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Jersey City New Jersey Julia Menez - Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Colored paints from the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Julia Menez about Jersey City, New Jersey. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Green dots = best things to do in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Jersey City, New Jersey

Who is Julia Menez?

Julia Menez is a travel hacking coach, speaker, and host of the GeoBreeze Travel podcast. After traveling to more than 30 countries before the age of 30 and saving thousands of dollars each year by travel hacking, Julia distills the strategies from top travel hackers around the world in her GeoBreeze Travel podcast. Julia also prepares personalized points and miles strategy plans for her private coaching clients.

Through her podcast, Julia features a diverse range of guests with travel hacking stories that are traditionally underrepresented in larger travel hacking blogs or Google page 1. Her episodes often highlight travel hacking women, immigrants, or people of color.

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Here are a few of her podcast episodes:

You can connect with Julia on her website and on Facebook, and Instagram.

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Stay tuned for our next episode

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David Frost with a picture of Nelson Mandela in prison

Listen to the next episode when David E Frost of Well Past Forty shares the best things to do in Cape Town, South Africa. Koach David and I talk about climbing Table Mountain, visiting Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and seeing penguins on the beach. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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1 Comment

  1. Greg

    Best place to eat in Jersey City is the West Village…of Manhattan. Why bother with the NJ places for a nice dinner when you can get truly world class chefs and service a 15 minute train ride away.