Is it still a staycation if you’re in another state? I need answers . Let me know. It’s been about six months since the lockdown because of COVID-19. I can barely go anywhere but everything is slowly opening.
I’m tired of going to the supermarket and laundromat. I’m also tired of my roommates. I wish I had a full apartment to myself ! ( Speaking in existence )
Although some places started to allow travel , I just didn’t feel comfortable flying as yet and I’m not big on long road trips. So I thought a nice little staycation in my own city would be what I needed and I was right. Well it’s not technically my city , it’s a state over . But I’m still calling it a staycation .
I haven’t gone to Atlantic City in two years and thought it would be a nice getaway . This is my fourth time , so its more of a relaxcation .
How do I get there ?
I usually travel via Greyhound. I like the affordability , comfortable seats , wifi access and free bag option. Tickets start at $20 from NY . I paid about $60. Be sure to book earlier for cheaper rates. The bus ride is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with no stops in between. The route is from Port Authority Bus Terminal to Atlantic City Bus Terminal . There are other forms of transportation .
Where do I stay ?
There are plenty of hotels to choose from . I chose Hard Rock Hotel based on price and reviews. I would like to try other hotels next time I go. Choose based on reviews of others . You can also book surrounding hotels in the next city to save money.
The hotel was $205 with taxes and fees .
*Beware they charge a $100 refundable deposit at check – in. Also , they charge resort fees and any room charges at check – out.
What do I do ?
There are restaurants, attractions , nightclubs and other places closed or limited due to coronavirus. However , there was plenty to do .
I’m not much of a gambler but AC has so many casinos , most even offer free play.
2. The Boardwalk
There are plenty of places to eat and drink right along the boardwalk.
3. Steel Pier
There is a small amusement park , free to walk into and affordable ticket prices for the rides .
4. The Beach
Who doesn’t love the sand and the ocean ? Bring a few swimsuits and lounge on the beach.
The Tanger Outlets are nearby and there are tons of other stores to shop in.
How much do I spend ?
You can spend as little or as much as you want and try and win it back at the casino . I’m a budget traveler so I knew I only wanted to spend about $500. With all the taxes , fees , and tipping I definitely spent within my budget . Since it is a smaller trip , I think $300-$1000 is a good limit to start with .
How long do I stay?
I think two or three days is enough to see all of AC. I only stayed two days.
I like to get the bus terminal or airport extra early just in case anything happens . So I arrived around 9 AM . One thing I forgot was to buy snacks but the bus terminal has places to eat and vending machines. My scheduled bus departed on time , I found a seat in the middle , and put on my headphones for the ride. The bus was pretty full but everyone wore masks.
It was a smooth ride , no hiccups . We arrived at AC Bus Terminal around 2:30. I decided to walk to my hotel and save the $12 Uber ride. I walked to a mini mart which is only a block away. I bought liquor and orange juice. There are other stores like Family Dollar.
Continuing my walk , I stopped into a Jamaican restaurant, Yardy , and ordered some food. After these two stops , I went straight to my hotel. It’s mostly a straight walk about 20 minutes.
Finally arriving at the hotel , the check in line was long but moved pretty fast. There were about 10 plus employees checking in. Receiving two room keys and directions, I found my room . The room was big and looked very clean. I forgot to take pictures but I have a video.
Settling into my room , I showered and prepared to head out . I knew I didn’t want to leave the hotel so I roamed around until I found Balcony Bar. There was a few tables open but I decided to walk around with my drink. I explored the hotel a bit and then went back to my room. Most attractions were closed so there was just the bars , restaurants, and casino. I would’ve loved to do a night show or comedy show.
I woke up early around 8 AM , I wanted to do a quick photoshoot in the hotel so I showered and dressed and took some amazing shots.
I ordered from the in-dining menu for brunch .
I showered again and headed out to the boardwalk around 2 PM.
I went to Steel Pier , which was right outside my hotel . I just walked around to see the rides. I didn’t want my wig flying off but next time I will try a few rides.
I went to Margaritaville , ordered a drink , and walked around some more. I went back to the hotel to change my shoes then went to Wet Willies for another drink. I don’t know what was in the drink but I dozed off when I went back to my room . I wanted to try the casino but never made it back .
Note : I didn’t allow house keeping inside my room , I placed the towels and garbage at the door . Luckily , I was in the room when the house keeper came around.
– About 95% of people wore masks , more than I see in NY.
– The front desks all were equipped with plexiglass.
– Social distancing markers were noticeable everywhere .
– If someone did not have a mask on , staff instructed people to do so.
– You can use the do not disturb sign for housekeeping .
– Hand sanitizer stations were placed all around.
– Temperature was taken at certain places.
– Wear closed toe shoes for the boardwalk, there were some loose boards.
Have you ever been to Atlantic City ?
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Please note this is my honest opinion based on my own travels . Everyone has their own experience.