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Explorer's Guide The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May, Includes the Wildwoods: A Great Destination (Explorer's Great Destinations) Paperback – May 17, 2008
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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.
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.
This book is a great guide for shoobies (the nickname locals give to tourists) and also something that can get native South Shore people interested in their immediate environs. It will more than likely be updated in many future editions to stay current and it would be good to have handy on your next trip to the South Jersey Shore.
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.