STONE HARBOR, NJ (CBS) – It’s yet another reason to visit the Jersey Shore.

Seven New Jersey beaches have been named ‘super star’ beaches by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The 96th Street Beach in Stone Harbor was one of them, ranked one of the cleanest beaches in the United States.

“It’s great to have the water so clean, you know, that it’s recognized nationally,” says Sandy Bosacco, the captain of the Stone Harbor Beach Patrol. “It’s very clear, and it’s very warm, and it’s just a nice recognition to have.”

He also says the health department tests the water once a week.

“It’s tested on a weekly basis…they take [samples] back to the lab then test for quality.”

Out of all the beaches tested across the country, only 35 made the cut as ‘super stars.’

Vacationers say they’re not surprised by the honor bestowed on Stone Harbor.

“It’s very important,” said Reed Ernest. “Best beach around.”

“Water quality is definitely important,” agreed beach-goer Cathy. “It’s a beautiful beach. It’s sparkling.”

Other area super star beaches include the Washington Avenue Beach in Margate and the 40th Street Beach in Avalon.

New Jersey has more beaches on the list than any other state.

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