Long Beach Island
About 30 miles up the coast from Atlantic City, Long Beach Island is a narrow strip of sand just two blocks wide and 20 miles long that's linked to the Jersey mainland by a narrow causeway. There's only one route on and off the island, which gets backed up for miles on weekends. Despite the congestion, LBI is remarkably uncongested, even relaxed. The genial stores and attractions that dot Long Beach Boulevard - the main drag that runs the length of the island - are the lifeblood of this place.
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