Bikinis & Boardwalks: Gangsters & Alligators

Get wet and wild at 2 amazing summer hot spots: the beach boardwalks in Atlantic City, NJ, and Hollywood Beach, FL.
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Atlantic City’s Steel Pier, longer than the length of 3 football fields, is packed with adrenaline-fueled rides.

The Atlantic City boardwalk is the largest in the world. Built in 1870, it hit its stride in the Roaring Twenties when notorious political boss and racketeer Nucky Johnson ruled the boardwalk.

Located 60 miles east of Philadelphia, Atlantic City is known for its strip of casinos, but this place offers much more for its 30 million annual visitors.

Atlantic City’s collection of casinos includes Bally's, Caesars and Trump Plaza.

This tunnel of games leads to the Trump Taj Mahal, which has one of the largest poker rooms in Atlantic City.

In the 1800s, saltwater taffy became the “first Atlantic City souvenir,” and James Candy still uses the original recipe that made it such a hit back then.

After a crash course in the fundamentals, these girls mastered the theory of catching waves and hit the Atlantic City surf, the same shores that rumrunners used to smuggle illegal booze during Prohibition.

Twelve hundred miles south is another locale with the most exotic vibe of all: Hollywood Beach, FL.

Hollywood Beach’s Caribbean-like charm makes it a dreamy escape from the spring break hot spots to the north and south.

Happy hour is the perfect time to loosen up at the hottest spot on the boardwalk, or “broadwalk” as the locals call it: Nick’s Bar and Grill.

The ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood Beach encompasses 10 acres of parks and promenades, complete with an interactive fountain.

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub features bathtubs as art and planters throughout the restaurant, so it’s easy to see where it got its name from.

With its tropical vibe, Le Tub makes you feel like you’re eating in the Amazon, just a few blocks off the beach.

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