OK.. I have a few biggies: I am looking at renting a beach house this summer and hopefully having my daughters graduation party there with close friends and family . We need a pet friendly house as well. My husband loves Atlantic City and since our daughter was little, we have come down for the day, only staying over once at the Atlantic Palace. However, I have read all of the bad things as well and am not sure about spending the week.
I have found three houses, two in the newly developed Gardeners Basin area - one off of N Maine Ave looking out toward Brigantine, and the other off of N Massachusettes. The third house is right on the boardwalk south of AC going toward Ventnor.
We have never been to Gardners Basin, but it sounds like there are local things to do if we don't want to go into the main area of AC, or if we want to run to a neughborhood place for dinner. However, my daughter and her friends will want to go to the beach and the small one around N Maine ave looks creepy in the pics.
The other factor is i have a little bit of a red flag with the boardwalk house in that it is a lot less $$ than others I have looked at. I have seen pics of some of the rooms, not all. They are OK, but the outside looks great, overlooking the ocean on the boardwalk. So basically not sure which way to go. Safety in coming and going is my overall concern. Also the Gardeners Basin houses have garages. I don't believe the boardwalk house does.
Just to throw in one more thing: LBI would be great and easier access to party guests from up north. However, we are an interacial family and my husband would probably feel uncomfortable and board. I don't remember seeing many other people there except white. Please correct me if I am wrong. I really need suggestions. Thanks!