Every year around August, the annual brood of buzzkills announce that “summer is almost over,” their voices hovering over us like dark clouds threatening to water down our Aperol spritzes. But the fall equinox doesn’t land till September 23 -- giving us plenty of time to venture out into uncharted waters at beaches near and far.
Atlantic City -- a town of perpetual reinvention -- is more than boardwalk tchotchke shops and half-smoked Marlboro Lights lounging on penny slots. It’s also an adult playground for the sizzling months, with plenty of ocean-front bars, thrill rides and, yes, high-roller tables if you’re watching your complexion, but not so much your wallet.
It also touts an uncrowded, free beach that’s great for sun bathing or swimming. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 6pm and you can rent beach chairs and umbrellas from spots like the Tropicana. Kayaking and windsurfing are also permitted in the water off Jackson Avenue, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous.
And, although you could spend your whole vacation happily on the shores of America’s Playground, there are even more beautiful beaches to explore when you’re craving a change of scenery. These are the best beaches near Atlantic City.