You do need a special dish in the Jersey Shore area. They tried adding the Spanish package for me (and I don't speak Spanish!) but they said I would need a dish upgrade.
Areas do not matter. DirecTV is the same everywhere. You must have a 3LNB dish only. I wouldn't call it an "upgrade" or a "special" dish. It is just one of many options.
Do you even seen the Gol channel in your guide? [Not that CSRs are ever wrong, but they could be. ]