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Old 05-11-2010, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Newark, California
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Lake Tahoe, People seem to make it into this wonderful place. Unless you like gambling or snow activities.. NOTHING!
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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The "Four Corners." It's a metal disk on the desert floor with bugger-all else anywhere nearby. Went some 40 minutes out of our way (each way) to see it too.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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Dublin, IE was a bore. Crowded like a major city, but not as impressive.

The Bahamas were disappointing. Felt like a tourist trap. I'm not sure what I expected, but it was too much like Florida.

The Florida Keys were also disappointing. Takes forever to get there through Florida, people were rude, and they have ground up chalk for beaches.

I had low expectations for Houston, but somehow even those were not met.
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:04 AM
 
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You can't drive near the coast in NJ, no highways are by the beach. And the streets that run near the beaches don't connect to one another, it's not like the CA coast. We have that here in CA, but in NJ, you have to go way off the highway to get anywhere near a beach. You must be referring to either the GSP or the NJ Turnpike, hardly exciting roads. The beaches are not near highways.

Island Beach State Park and Spring Lake are two beaches worth checking out, but it would mean exiting off the GSP or Turnpike in order to reach them.
I retraced my route and sure enough it's there as Hwy 35 and Hwy 36. Highway, road, whatever, I drove right along the beach all day.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I retraced my route and sure enough it's there as Hwy 35 and Hwy 36. Highway, road, whatever, I drove right along the beach all day.
Route 35 is the very short highway that is right off the GSP. It takes you from Pt. Pleasant to Island Beach State Park. You then have to turn around, because the road ends, it's an island there. You see very few beaches, and one of those on that road is Seaside Heights, which is pure trash.

Highway 36 will take you to Sea Bright, but the majority of that road is well inland, not anywhere near the ocean. The only time you see the ocean is when you are in Sea Bright. If those are the only 2 roads you were on, you missed a huge chunk of the Jersey shore. No major highways in the state of NJ are coastal routes like they are in other states. They're usually 2 lane roads, with 25-35 mph speed limits.

I'm from Jersey and have been on both roads more times than I care to count. There are tons of beaches in the state of NJ and those happen to be the most crowded ones. Avalon, Ocean City, Margate, Brigantine, etc. are not touched by either of these highways.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:30 AM
 
Location: DC
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You can't drive near the coast in NJ, no highways are by the beach. And the streets that run near the beaches don't connect to one another, it's not like the CA coast. We have that here in CA, but in NJ, you have to go way off the highway to get anywhere near a beach. You must be referring to either the GSP or the NJ Turnpike, hardly exciting roads. The beaches are not near highways.

Island Beach State Park and Spring Lake are two beaches worth checking out, but it would mean exiting off the GSP or Turnpike in order to reach them.
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I retraced my route and sure enough it's there as Hwy 35 and Hwy 36. Highway, road, whatever, I drove right along the beach all day.
I don't think I've ever taken Hwy 35/36 since I don't go that far north. There are roads in NJ that will take you by the beach, but few are actually alongside where you can see anything (dunes are typically in the way), and because of all the barrier islands you have to duck in to the mainland every few miles.

New Jersey isn't all bad. Cape May is definitely my favorite, with Avalon and Stone Harbor being 2nd and 3rd choices. I don't like Wildwood (as stated), Atlantic City's better than it used to be but it's more of a clubbing/casino place than a "beach" place. Beach Haven was ok, but I haven't been north of there except for a retreat in Monmouth. If you want the boardwalk type scene, Ocean City is good for that, but I'd rather stay in a quieter town. Like I said, it's all personal preference.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:35 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Houston, TX
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Dublin, IE was a bore. Crowded like a major city, but not as impressive.

The Bahamas were disappointing. Felt like a tourist trap. I'm not sure what I expected, but it was too much like Florida.

The Florida Keys were also disappointing. Takes forever to get there through Florida, people were rude, and they have ground up chalk for beaches.

I had low expectations for Houston, but somehow even those were not met.
No offense, but your expectations sound completely unrealistic. Honestly, what did you expect when you went to Bahamas? Do some more research before you go somewhere and you might just be able to choose a place you'll enjoy.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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omg, really old thread, i ve been reading it and loved it! Very interesting


Have to say that the biggest dissapointment for me was LOS ANGELES. I went to LA when i was 18, and i had such high expectations. Imagine, me living so far away (i live in Argentina) watching movies, hearing about "Hollywood" all the time, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Anyway, my mom has a very close american friend that lives there and i went stay in her house (she lives in a beautiful expensive neighbourhood of huge houses in Long beach) and, eventhough LA has an undeniable beautiful natural scenery (i mean= beaches+mountains, you cant beat that) i found it totally underwhelming for being a BIG CITY, A METROPOLIS, one of the most famous cities on earth...., I mean...

Where are the people?? (seriously, no people walking around ANYWHERE. How does people get together in that place???. One day i went to walk by the beach in a beautiful, sunny, 72 farneheit -it was february- and NOONE WAS THERE. I DIDNT CROSS ANY PERSON IN MY 1 HOUR WALK)

Where is the vibe? (See above, seriously, its like a dead town with beautiful weather, houses and moutnains)

And Hollywood was such a letdown! That place look abandoned (well, all LA look abandoned) and sad.

The whole city was just like an abandoned city, with no soul, no vibe, no action, overall with no qualities that every big metropolis should have. It was all higways and cars.

The ghost deserted car city.
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:49 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Ocean City, MD. Boardwalk has shops selling touristy chotchkes and overpriced junk food. Beach was OK, except I'm not one to bask. Parking is hard to find and expensive. Two good things about it were the lifeguard museum and the boat ride to Assateague Island. I'm glad I went once, but wouldn't bother to go again.
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