Yesterday afternoon my family and I got back from our annual Ocean City New Jersey vacation. We were there for 6 days, and the 6 days flew by. This year we stayed at a new place, which we absolutely loved! I am very picky and the condo we stayed in was great, and it was even better because we were about a block away from the beach. It really can’t get better! So here is the review of my trip, I hope you enjoy!
I work on Sundays, so once I was done with work at 12:30 we hit the road. It takes about three and a half hours to get there from where we live. On the way down my sister and I watched the movie Big Fat Liar and played Solitaire on my laptop. The ride down felt like it took forever but we finally got there around 4:00 because we stopped a few times. When we got there we checked into our condo, and it was great. There was one room which my sister and I claimed, and in the living room the coach pulled out, so my parents slept on that. Off of the living room and master bedroom there was a balcony which we hung our beach towels on to dry every night. Shortly after checking in we went to the boardwalk. There were many new stores and attractions on it this year. That night we went to dinner at Clancys, which is my favorite restaurant on the board walk.
When we were done with dinner my sister and I went to play mini golf, and my parents went food shopping. Everyday my sister and I go mini golfing, and we both always have a blast. Once we were done we met up with our parents and walked on the boards the rest on the night. For a snack my sister and I got a cinnamon sugar pretzel which is my favorite snack at night.
After we went back to the condo and went in the pool and hot tub. I only went in the hot tub and it was so nice and warm. After being in the pool and spa area for a while we decided to call it a night and head back up to the condo.
This year we celebrated my moms birthday in OCNJ, and she could not have been happier. She loves being on the beach and relaxing, so she really couldn’t ask for anything else on her birthday. (Since we were away for her birthday my sister and I planed her a surprise spa day earlier in the month, which she loved!) We woke up early and went to rent bikes. We rent bikes for the whole week and ride them every morning on the board walk. As usual I got a cute pink bike with a bell, but unfortunately my bell didn’t work, so it didn’t really come in handy.
After riding the boards for about an hour I went back to the house and started getting ready for the beach. I like to get to the beach nice and early, so I can get to a good spot. My sister came with me, and together we found a great spot. Once we set up she went in the water and I started reading a great book. An hour or so later my mom got to the beach and went in the water with my sister, Charlotte.
Around mid day Charlotte and I went mini golfing and got a snack. We do that everyday when we are there. Each day we go to a different place. We usually start out by going to the cheaper golf places first and go to the better more pricy ones toward the end of the trip.
When we got back I decided to go in the water, and to my surprise it was actually really warm. The Atlantic Ocean is the warmest it has ever been. All week it was about 83ºF. I actually stayed in the water for about an hour because it was so nice. The waves were pretty rough, and I like it when they are a little rough because then it is fun to ride them.
Once everyone pretty much had enough of the beach that day we packed up, and headed for the pool. Then we went back and got cleaned up for dinner. Since it was my moms birthday she wanted me to make her favorite dish, which it lemon garlic chicken. I felt bad it didn’t come out as good as it usually does because the breading fell off. She still thought it was a good dinner, so I was happy. While my dad cleaned up from dinner my mom and I walked down to the grocery store because she wanted to pick out a cake for her birthday. She got this delicious chocolate cake.
After we got back from picking out the cake we went to the boardwalk. Since it was moms birthday she decided what she wanted to do that night. She wanted to go to Wonderland, and go on the rides. We all had a really good time going on the rides together. Just mom and I went on the log flume and she was screaming before we even started to go down. It was pretty funny, and something that I will never forget.
Once we were done with the boards that night we went back to the room and sang happy birthday to mom, and had cake. Mom and I especially loved the cake. Chocolate it our favorite. In the words of my great grandma and her grandma “I’m a chocolate lover.” We all had a great day celebrating moms birthday.
I woke up early so I could get on the board walk to ride my bike before it got to busy. Every morning I ride my bike down and back two times which I think is about 10 miles altogether. In the afternoon my aunt, cousin, and their friends were going to be arriving, so we were all super excited. Once again I got to the beach early, and got a good spot. I continued reading my book which I really liked. Around noon everyone showed up to the beach. Around mid day my sister, cousin, cousins friend, and I want mini golfing. When we got back the kids were ready to go back to the condo. I ended up staying on the beach the longest.
When I got back to the condo I got cleaned up for dinner. My mom made baked ziti and meatballs which were very good. After dinner we went to the boardwalk. That night we did go carting and rides which was a lot of fun. When we were all tired we headed back to the condo. A great day was had by everyone.
On Wednesday I woke up extra early because I wanted to go for a run along the shore line. This is something that I have always wanted to do, so I was so excited that I finally did it. It is really hard running on the sand that isn’t packed down by the water, so I made sure to run right where the water line was. After a good two mile run I went back to get my bike. After my usual morning bike ride I hit the beach. I went to the same spot that I had been going to the past few days. Once again came mid day we set out for mini golf and a snack. On Wednesday we went to Ritas which never disappoints.
Around 5 or so I went back to the room to get ready to go to the outlets. Ocean City is about 30 minutes from Atlantic City, so we always go to the outlets there. After we went to dinner we started shopping. The only store I got something from was Michael Kors. I finally found a bag for school that I liked and I got another pair of sunglasses. In the Nike store my mom got me the Nike Pro shorts and OMG I love them. They are so comfortable.
When we got back from the outlets we went to the boardwalk to do our usual nightly routine. We did go carts, rides, got a snack, then went back to the house. After a long day at the beach and shopping I was tired out, so I went to bed pretty early.
I couldn’t believe that it was already the last day of vacation. It came so quick. In the morning I went biking then hit the beach. We did our normal routine of mini golfing and getting a snack. I stayed on the beach until 6ish because I wanted to get the most out of our last beach day.
For diner we went to a diner which I don’t particularly care for, but it was alright. After dinner we hit the boardwalk. When we went go carting I finally won. It took a whole vacation, but I couldn’t be happier. It was so much fun. Once everyone picked out a snack we went back to the condo. I went to bed early because I knew I wanted to wake up early the next day.
Somehow it was already the last day of vacation. I woke up at 5 and went straight to the beach. I was the only one on the beach which didn’t surprise me. It was pretty cool because I was able to see the sun rise little by little. I stayed at the beach until 7:30. When I got back to the condo I ate breakfast then took my bike out for one last ride. When I was done with it I took it back to the place we rented it from, and returned it. Once I got back I started packing up. Around 9 we went down and said goodbye to my cousin, aunt, and their friends. We ended up leaving shortly after them. It is always sad to leave but I guess when one vacation is done you know that you are closer to the next one.
It was a great vacation and we all had lots of fun. If you want to see a few extra pictures from my vacation make sure to follow me on Instagram @sammie_evans. Remember if you like my blog or know someone who would please, please share it with them!
Question of The Day: Where do you and your family always go on vacation?
My Answer: Ocean City NJ