Atlantic City has a lot to offer if you are interested in the beach and nightlife. The beach was nice (see slideshow above). It was clean. Lifeguards were on duty from 10a-6p. The water was nice, a little chilly at first but after the heat of the beach it was refreshing. We literally walked out of the hotel doors, crossed the boardwalk and were on the beach.
Walking on the boardwalk in the evening was a nice way to wind down the day. There are benches and Adirondack chairs placed all along the boardwalk. They are the perfect place to sit and people watch or just plan your next move.
The pictures, in the slideshow below, were taken from the deck of the Landshark Bar (http://atlanticcity.landsharkbarandgrill.com/ ) . The restaurant has a wonderful open deck that overlooks the ocean plus the lower bar area shown in the pictures. It was a nice place. The music was not too loud so you could still have conversation and the service was great. Almost all the big chains, HardRock Cafe, House of Blues and Margaritaville had outdoor dining areas but Landshark was the only one actually located on the beach itself.
We arrived around 5p on a Monday evening and left shortly after breakfast on a Wednesday morning. Tuesday was spent on the beach. It was a nice break. Only a 3 hour drive and the beach is waiting at the end. For a quick break, I would recommend Atlantic City. Good prices on hotels if you are willing to do some work to find them and food outside of the major chains seemed to be reasonable. The beaches certainly weren't crowded. I can't say whether they will be back in July and August but for June, they were great. So got a free day, get an early start and do the Atlantic City beach for a day!