As you shift gears, your bicycle makes a gentle whirring noise while you cycle parallel to the shore. You pass beachgoers worshipping the sun on colorful towels and locals squeezing in their daily jog, before you spot the entrance to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and take pause. Dozens of piping plovers have taken flight and are circling over the preserve’s marsh-like dunes. Scenes of tranquility are why you came to hotels in Brigantine, NJ, and the city by the sea has not disappointed.
The term “island life” brings to mind images of palm trees, coconuts, and humid weather. But the island of Brigantine has shaken up this preconceived notion, instead offering a cool, comforting climate and a plethora of sea grass. You feel that you could thrive in any beachside setting, but find Brigantine hotels to be the perfect solution for the present. With an air of calmness, you traverse to the Brigantine Lighthouse and gaze out upon your surroundings from the observation deck. The peaceful cerulean waters of the Atlantic reflect the midday sun’s light, while brown pelicans lower their beaks into the sea, fishing for an afternoon snack. You descend the lighthouse’s stairs and rely on Brigantine rental cars to transport you to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center. The facility rescues and cares for local marine wildlife before returning it to the ocean, and there you delight in learning about conservation as well as get better acquainted with a few docile sea turtles—a creature that truly embodies repose.
Feeling as serene as a jellyfish floating through a kelp forest, you return to hotels near Brigantine, NJ and slip into your opulent bathtub. The water may not have the same therapeutic properties as the Atlantic, but you feel rejuvenated just the same. After toweling off you decide that your roots are ready to be replanted once more, so you venture to hotels in Atlantic City. There, you’ll trade in your sense of calmness for energetic evenings at the roulette table. And like the multicolored wheel at the center of the game, you appreciate that travel is multifaceted—allowing you to rejoice in serenity and embrace animated evenings all in one trip.