When it comes to Atlantic City beaches, the pros put the cons to shame.
Let’s start with beach tags. They aren’t required here! You can walk on to this public beach and not be bothered by beach tag patrol, so no more pretending you’re sleeping or running into the water to avoid ‘em, because they are nowhere to be found.
Swimming is allowed at any beach where lifeguards are stationed, which is every couple blocks. They are there from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer season. After that, you swim at your own risk. Besides swimming, boogie boards are permitted where lifeguards are stationed.
If surfing is more your style, you can catch a wave at three different beaches: Delaware Ave., Downtown Beach at Raleigh Ave. and Crystal Beach at New Hampshire Ave. Lifeguards aren’t on duty at these beaches so swimmers won’t be getting in your way. You can also kayak and windsurf at the Jackson Ave. beach without swimmers or lifeguards.
For all you fishermen out there, you can try your luck at the jetties along the Oriental/Maine Ave. Boardwalk and in the inlet off the Boardwalk. And the best part? You don’t even need a license!
If you’re more into the group thing, you can jump in a game of beach volleyball in front of most hotels where you’re staying. But if you really feel like mingling, grab a spot on the beach in front of one of the city’s beach bars. You can find them at Atlantic Club, Bally’s, Trump Plaza and Chelsea Hotel. There is also Worship Surf Bar at Showboat, Boardwalk Beer Garden in front of Caesars and a bayfront bar called The Deck at Golden Nugget.
If you want to have your own party on the beach, bring a charcoal grill on Memorial Day, the 4th of July or Labor Day so you can grill up some good eats while soaking up the sun with friends.
In case you’re in town just to make money, you can even bring your metal detector on the beach, anytime, anywhere.
So what’s the only downside to Atlantic City beaches? Sunscreen is not provided.