Catching up on the Atlantic City Central blog here with some great news for AC from a couple weeks back.
The Travel Channel’s Annual Best Beach Awards of 2014 has crowned Atlantic City as having the “Best Beach Boardwalk” in the world.
That’s right — the world. A.C. was chosen among such popular world-wide destinations as Jamaica, Fiji, the British Virgin Islands, Brazil, Iceland, California’s Malibu Beach and Florida’s Clearwater Beach.
“Still standing after Superstorm Sandy, there’s never been a better time to visit the Atlantic City Boardwalk, America’s first boardwalk and the home of Miss America,” said the Travel Channel’s Senior Interactive Producer Sara Gilliam in a press statement regarding Atlantic City’s historic wooden thoroughfare.
“For a mix of old and new, take a ride in an iconic rolling chair while snacking on salt water taffy and people watching, indulge in some high-end shopping at Louis Vuitton or Gucci at The Pier Shops at Caesars, and splurge on a night out at one of the city’s spectacular casinos or see some of the world’s top entertainers perform at Boardwalk Hall. Plus, families with kids of all ages will find endless amusement at the Steel Pier across from Trump Taj Mahal.”
The CRDA and its Tourism District / Special Improvement District and Convention Center Division points out that Atlantic City’s Boardwalk features “four miles of sun and fun just steps away from free, clean sandy beaches.
“Thanks to an expanded Ambassador program, visitors to the city will be treated to a safe, informative and pleasurable experience. Visitors will also find an eclectic mix of amenities and activities along the Boardwalk from bicycle rentals, free volleyball courts and miniature golf to world-class casino hotels, dining, shopping and entertainment. More than 50 convenient and handicapped-accessible walkways and ramps lead to the beach where several beach bars, such as the new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill, are a popular summertime hang out. On a nightly basis, free 3D light and sound shows defy one’s imagination on the façade of Historic Boardwalk Hall while many styles of live entertainment may be enjoyed at several public venues up and down the Boardwalk.”
The other nine locations throughout the world selected in various categories in the annual Travel Channel poll included the following:
Best Exotic Beach: Tavarua, Fiji
Sexiest Beach: White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Best Family Beach: Clearwater Beach, Florida
Best Party Beach: Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Best Romantic Beach: The Maldives
Best Beach for Adventure: Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu, California
Best Beach Bars: Rick’s Café, Negril, Jamaica
Best Unusual Beach: Vik, Iceland
Best Beach You Haven’t Heard of…Yet: Don Pedro Island State Park, Florida.
Earlier in February, Atlantic City was named the fourth “Most Romantic City in the USA” by OpenTable.com. The city is currently nominated in a poll to select New Jersey’s Top 10 Beaches for eco-tourism, family vacations and day trips. You can vote for Atlantic City here.