If you haven't hit the beach in Ocean City yet this spring, you may be the only one.

In fact, more than $2.2 million in beach tags were purchased at a pre-season, discounted price even before the start of Memorial Day Weekend, according to ocnjdaily.com.

If that's not a sign that South Jersey was eager for the COVID-19 pandemic to turn a corner...

After last summer's temporary beach closures and social distancing and mask mandate, beachgoers clearly seem ready to make up for lost time.

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Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen told OCNJ Daily, "Ocean City sold more than 112,000 seasonal tags and brought in a record $2,242,000 in seasonal tags during the preseason discount period." He goes on to express his positive outlook as we roll into the official start of summer, saying, "Weather will be a big factor, but all indications point to a blockbuster summer in Ocean City."

That total reportedly beat $2.1 million in 2019, making it a record.

In case you've got some downtime coming up and would like to visit, Ocean City beach tags cost $5/day and $10/week. Beach tags can be purchased in advance at https://store.ocnj.us/.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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