Atlantic City - New Jersey
Throughout its history, Atlantic City, formerly known as Absecon, has always been a vibrant summer retreat and waterfront ‘resort destination.’ The Lenni-Lenape Indians first used to ‘summer’ here, where they would enjoy the scenery and spend their time fishing. The Indians named this area, ‘Absecon’ which translates to ‘Place of Swans’. The swan was a symbol of grace to the Indians and they believed that the swan Atlantic City could enter the ‘dreamtime’ and bring back knowledge and healing to the tribes. Clearly the Indians found great peace and good health in this area and perhaps not surprisingly, in 1783, the first permanent western settlement was erected here and Absecon then began to steer a steady course of development including a change of name to Atlantic City, in 1854. The city then began to prosper in its popularity as a bustling health spa and resort town, complete with boardwalks and rejuvenating beaches – all providing a wonderfully healthy escape from ‘city life’. The Absecon inlet also developed as a seaport, and boats were then guided to safety by the construction of the 171ft Absecon lighthouse (the tallest in New Jersey and 3rd tallest lighthouse in the US).
In more contemporary times, the boardwalk has been further developed (and currently spans 4.12 miles) and casinos, theaters and Las Vegas style shows have replaced the old ‘spa resort town’ themes. The lively ‘party atmosphere’ of modern day Atlantic City is easily accessed from the waterfront and the Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina. There are also some great beaches for ‘crew breaks’ and relaxing weekends across the water at Brigantine Island and a great selection of restaurants and pubs throughout Atlantic City for guests and crew alike to enjoy. Atlantic City has always been earmarked as one of the traditional ‘logistical’ stopovers for yachts heading up or down from New York, and is about an hour’s drive from Philadelphia International Airport for guests / owners or crew who are joining or leaving the boat.