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Explorer's Guide Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May: A Great Destination (Second Edition) (Explorer's Great Destinations) Paperback – June 6, 2011
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I had no idea Cape May is the third largest place in the US for weddings or that the Wildwood Boardwalk has more rides than Walt Disney World.
Her descriptions of each beach town give a first-time vacationer a good feel which beach would be appropriate for them (except I don't think Avalon and Stone Harbor cater to visitors of "all economic stripes" . . . it's basically the Ritz of the South Jersey Shore). It also can help a regular visitor discover new things - Miller's encyclopedia-like listing of eateries could see you making a checklist out of the chapters.
Particularly helpful are the pricing guides and notes about in-season and off-season hours.
However, the true highlight of the book are the shaded areas within every chapter where Miller gives helpful hints - like how to prepare for running at the beach (watch out for the wind), provides back histories - like the story of Wawa and shines the spotlight on those out-of-the-way spots - (Where the hell is Strathmere?)
Overall this is a great guide to the shore, though I would have appreciated more detailed descriptions of Somers Point, downbeach Absecon Island and Diamond Beach the same way Strathmere gets written up.Read more ›
This is what Jen Miller's book captures so well. Every shore is different. Every shore has its personality and purpose. You can't tell one from another without a really good scorecard. That's what this book is. Miller does an excellent job of capturing the psyche of each resort. The fact that she also turns this into a really good guidebook is a pure bonus.
It's one of those books you'll highlight, scribble in, tear out and send to friends. I'm buying copies for a lot of folks I know. Maybe even Mr. Peanut.
Putting all of that aside, the book is a fantastic resource and it made our vacation. There is a lot of detail about all of the seaside stops along the Shore and the descriptions helped us decide where to spend our time. We focused on Atlantic City, Sea Isle City and mostly, Cape May where we had a gorgeous, busy day: the bird preserve, hiking to the top of the lighthouse, the Ugly Mug, the whale/dolphin cruise, and a free outdoor brass band concert at night.
The book is well researched and well written. We felt like we had brought along a knowledgeable friend to guide us! I am looking forward to a repeat visit to the Shore later this summer with Jen along for the drive.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous resource! Highly recommend it to anyone interested in exploring N.J.!Published 9 months ago by Jessica Springfield
We're going on a road trip traveling the coast of NJ. This book will be helpful on our journey.Published 20 months ago by G. Kirk
At first glance, the book seems like a winner: great writing, beautiful layout on a heavyweight paper, and nice graphics. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Paul D. West
The author's comprehensive knowledge of the area is made more enjoyable by her unabashed love for it. Well worth the price even if you don't use it as a travel guide.Published on December 27, 2013 by Francis X. O'Brien
This guide was very helpful!! The reviewer who said it was more of a phone book than a guidebook obviously read some other book. Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Mom moves fast
I bought a used copy of this book for a good price since it was originally published in 2008. The author explores with the reader all of the Jersey Shore towns from Atlantic City... Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by Spudman
Our target location for this short vacation was Cape May, Atlantic City was a good base to explore from to many good meals in the area.Published on November 7, 2012 by Grant
I feel I just wasted my money. It's more of a phonebook than a guidebook. It's just lists of places. I wonder now if the prior reviews are real. :(Published on August 24, 2012 by M
When you go to a place for years you get stuck in a rut. This is especially true when your family vactioned there for years prior to you vacationing! This was the case for us. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Regina Brannen