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Old 05-01-2013, 11:29 AM   #31
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It's so hard to decide I'm leaning toward OCNJ for a few reasons.

First I have youngish kids so I like that it's family friendly.

Second my husband doesn't drink and I drink very little. I like a cocktail by the pool but I am cheap about cocktails so usually put my own cranberry and malibu over ice in a drink mug and bring it with me anyway. (they don't give you a hard time about stuff like that do they?)

Third its the closest of beaches and since we are only going for 3 nights I like the lesser drive.

Fourth I like that there is a high activity level. We are actually not really beach people, especially my husband, he is always looking for something to do. The kids like the beach and have never really been on a beach vacation so I thought it was time.

Fifth we love yummy food but not froo froo food. Great fries and amazing ice cream are our idea of good food (oh yeah we're health nuts!) And we dont like to spend a lot to sit down to a meal and my husband and kids dont like seafood.

The more I type the more it seems like OCNJ is the right choice.

Now to convince the husband who is going to try to tell me we should just do Disney for 3 days!

I'm looking at Biscayne Suites for $279/nt or Beach Club Hotel for $266/nt in OCNJ. Any thoughts on those or better suggestions?
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:55 AM   #32
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We have visited all of these beaches so I will throw my two cents in. I grew up in MD so we went to OC MD most of the time. Now we live in DE so we go to Rehoboth or Bethany Beach. We have also gone to the NJ shore which is very big around here. Last summer we went to VA Beach.

There are two main differences you will find at these beaches - the type of crowd and the level of activity. To me there is not much difference in the beaches themselves. What I have found with the NJ shore is people either love it or hate it. I personally hate it but know many people that love it. Generally there is a lot more activity there which I don't find very relaxing. But there is a lot to do. And to be honest, you have to deal with the NJ/NYC crowd which I personally find annoying after a while. We didn't like VA beach much at all. We stayed right on the boardwalk. While there was nothing wrong with it, it was hopping with activity and the town itself seemed rather run down. I do like the northern part of OC MD, but the lower part is very congested. We now usually stick with Rehoboth or Bethany. We always take day trips to Rehoboth because it is convenient and the small boardwalk is nice. If I was going to spend very long, I would go to Bethany. There is a lot less activity there but it is beautiful.

So it comes down to what you are looking for.
Atlantic City and maybe Wildwood may have some NYC people but OCNJ, Avalon, Sea Isle, does not. It is Philly, pa suburbs and south jersey who are the main representation. I think they are all very friendly.

Others are right about what you are looking for. There is a beach to serve everyone's needs.

VA beach - no rides, flat boardwalk, restaurants, tons of hotels, lots of traffic. The vacationers are the whole spectrum, nothing stands out more than another. Bush Gardens close by for another day option.

OCMD - lots of rides, attractions, lots of high rise hotels and condos, beach is tight and gets very crowded, boardwalk area full of motels, bars. High hispanic population on the beach by the boardwalk pier (I mean like NO ONE speaks English down there) Salisbury college students start heading into area by mid August. Avoid Biker Week at all costs. Northern end is quieter and much more family oriented. Average to very good restaurants up and down strip. Best one, Marlin Moon, is gone

Rehobeth - fairly quiet, small boardwalk, kiddie rides only, a few high rise resort/condos. There is a high gay population that lives/vacations there. Most people are okay with that but just wanted to mention it. Fabulous restaurants.

Bethany - So quaint and quiet. Not many places to stay just for a few nights. If complete relaxation is what you want, look no further.

OCNJ - family friendly boardwalk. No classy restaurants on it but there are rides, golf, water park, great boardwalk style food. All hotels (not many) are near boardwalk. The beach area is more condensed there, especially 4-10th street. The southern end is large 4-6 bedroom homes that are PRICEY weekly rentals ($5-7.5K a week!!) Entire city is dry. Philly and South Jersey crowd but all families. Restaurants are weak but Somer's Point have some good ones. Cape May Zoo is outstanding.

Wildwood, NJ
Huge beach - seriously huge. Best boardwalk rides for thrill seekers. Great water park. A lot of hotel options. If you avoid the weekend, it is doable, especially Wildwood Crest. Weekends are insane and where OCMD has bars, Wildwood has clubs and that increases the teens and 20's from Philly, NYC. Restaurants are average to good. Cape May Zoo close by.

Cape May, NJ
This is an option. Quiet, quaint but has some great restaurants and Wildwood boardwalk an easy trip for an evening. It is popular for weddings and has a lot of B&B's. Not a dry town but not full of drunks either. Happy medium
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:03 PM   #33
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It's so hard to decide I'm leaning toward OCNJ for a few reasons.

First I have youngish kids so I like that it's family friendly.

Second my husband doesn't drink and I drink very little. I like a cocktail by the pool but I am cheap about cocktails so usually put my own cranberry and malibu over ice in a drink mug and bring it with me anyway. (they don't give you a hard time about stuff like that do they?)

Third its the closest of beaches and since we are only going for 3 nights I like the lesser drive.

Fourth I like that there is a high activity level. We are actually not really beach people, especially my husband, he is always looking for something to do. The kids like the beach and have never really been on a beach vacation so I thought it was time.

Fifth we love yummy food but not froo froo food. Great fries and amazing ice cream are our idea of good food (oh yeah we're health nuts!) And we dont like to spend a lot to sit down to a meal and my husband and kids dont like seafood.

The more I type the more it seems like OCNJ is the right choice.

Now to convince the husband who is going to try to tell me we should just do Disney for 3 days!

I'm looking at Biscayne Suites for $279/nt or Beach Club Hotel for $266/nt in OCNJ. Any thoughts on those or better suggestions?
Beach Club!
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Beach Club!
Okay elaborate, why? It has to have some good points above Biscayne since I get a suite at Biscayne and not at Beach Club (Beach Club Suites were 500/nt)
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We like Ocean City, NJ (haven't been in years since moving to North Carolina and being closer to Myrtle Beach, SC.) But when we lived in Maryland we liked Virginia Beach too.
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We have visited all of these beaches so I will throw my two cents in. I grew up in MD so we went to OC MD most of the time. Now we live in DE so we go to Rehoboth or Bethany Beach. We have also gone to the NJ shore which is very big around here. Last summer we went to VA Beach.

There are two main differences you will find at these beaches - the type of crowd and the level of activity. To me there is not much difference in the beaches themselves. What I have found with the NJ shore is people either love it or hate it. I personally hate it but know many people that love it. Generally there is a lot more activity there which I don't find very relaxing. But there is a lot to do. And to be honest, you have to deal with the NJ/NYC crowd which I personally find annoying after a while. We didn't like VA beach much at all. We stayed right on the boardwalk. While there was nothing wrong with it, it was hopping with activity and the town itself seemed rather run down. I do like the northern part of OC MD, but the lower part is very congested. We now usually stick with Rehoboth or Bethany. We always take day trips to Rehoboth because it is convenient and the small boardwalk is nice. If I was going to spend very long, I would go to Bethany. There is a lot less activity there but it is beautiful.

So it comes down to what you are looking for.
From living my whole life a few minutes from OC NJ and working in Cape May, Stone Harbor, and other shore towns for 10+ years, I can say that the North Jersey/NYC crowd doesn't come down that far typically. I'm sure there are exceptions, but usually that crew goes to LBI. We're mostly South Jersey/Philly/French Canadians in OC and south in the summer.

For OC NJ, the farther you are away from the boardwalk, the more peaceful it will become. My family goes to one of the "locals" beaches located @58th street. We avoid many tourists and have a more peaceful, bigger beach. The boardwalk beaches are usually crowded from 6-14th streets.
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I second the vote for Beach Club in OC, NJ. It is on 12th and the Boardwalk. 12th seems to be towards the quieter end of the Boardwalk, which is preferable. A
I have friends that will only stay at Beach Club or the Port-O-Call.
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I'm off to book the Beach Club now. Seems to be the only one, on the boardwalk/beach with a pool. I think it will be great. Thanks to everyone who helped with this!
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