Atlantic City’s Fabulous Beach

What do the words "Atlantic City " bring to mind? Casinos? Money? Nightlife? The Boardwalk? Back in the late 1800s, Philadelphians taking the train into Atlantic City had only one thing on their minds: the beach. Atlantic City's beach served as a retreat from steamy summer city days and a place to recuperate from the stresses of daily city life. That still stands true, and today, the beach has even more perks.

Atlantic City's beach, linked to the casinos, shops and streets by the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, is the most affordable entertainment you can find in the city. The cost to feel the warm sand beneath your toes and the cool ocean breeze against your sun-kissed skin is free! That's right, unlike other beaches along the Jersey Shore, there are no badges or entrance fees for Atlantic City. The beaches are even equipped with handicap access ramps so everyone can enjoy the sand and surf. So bring your friends, children, lovers or just yourself to relax in the sand for a while. Lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer season between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., so you can feel safe testing the Atlantic Ocean's waves.

While at the beach, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the lively beach bars. Each summer, beach bar hop from noon until late night. Live entertainment, drink specials, promotions and delicious food are all within the sound of the breaking waves. The beach bars are the place to be each summer season.

For active types, check out the designated beaches for water sports. Surfers showing off their skills as well as their boards can be found on Crystal Beach at New Hampshire Avenue, Delaware Avenue Beach and Downtown Beach at Raleigh Avenue. Kayaking and windsurfing enthusiasts can bring their equipment down to Jackson Avenue. Beach and spend hours out on the water. Volleyball players can also start a game with other beachgoers at nets located in front of several hotels along the beach.

Atlantic City's signature summer event, the Atlantic City Air Show, "Thunder over the Boardwalk," takes place in August above both the city and the ocean. The beach provides the best view for this free event. Watch as members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and civilian-owned aircraft showcase their skills with demonstrations, fly-bys and search and rescues.