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Top 4 Reasons to Celebrate July 4th at the Shore

Red, White & You | July 4th at the South Jersey Shore

What could be more all-American than spending July 4th at the South Jersey Shore? Named one of the Best U.S. Fireworks Displays by the Travel Channel, Atlantic City (and the entire South Shore region), is known for its clean beach, family-friendly atmosphere, and multitude of activities and events. Read on to find out why you need to spend your holiday here:

  1. Freedom

    Celebrate your freedom in the place that makes you feel free! There’s nothing like having the sun on your face and sand between your toes to help you appreciate the freedom we have here in the U.S.A.  Kick off your celebration at the Music Pier in Ocean City with your favorite patriotic songs. On July 2nd, Justin Gonzales will take the stage with POPS Orchestra to remember those who have fought for our freedom and continue to defend it today.

  2. Fireworks

    Bring a chair or a blanket and you’ve got the best seat in the house for fireworks in South Jersey. Fireworks displays will be held at several locations around the area on July 4th. Visitors staying in the Wildwood area will be dazzled  by the Firework Spectacular all along the Boardwalk as fireworks light up the sky at Pine Ave at 10:00 p.m. If you’re staying in Ocean City, then the Music Pier and 10th Avenue is the place to be. The city’s firework display will brighten up your night from any spot on the boardwalk. In Atlantic City, many resorts will have their own fireworks displays, including Tropicana and Borgata, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Relax in the sand with a drink in your hand as live music plays and fireworks are shot from the Marina.

  3. Festivities

    The South Jersey Shore keeps the party going all day long with fun entertainment and activities. Start your July 4th at 9:00 a.m. in Wildwood (Bill Henfey Park) with the Patriotic Pooch Parade, a fun filled family-friendly parade. Adding a competitive twist, Patriotic Pooch awards prizes to owners and pets alike that show their best stars, stripes, and sparkled attire.  If you are in Ocean City, you have a pick of two local Bike Parades at Longport Bridge or Asbury Avenue.  After the parades, participants can enjoy the sunshine at the beach before the Boardwalk Celebration begin at 7:00 p.m. Join family and friends at the Music Pier for a kite flying competition, yo-yo demonstration, and hula hoop contest. Finally, guests can sit back and finish the day with free live entertainment taking place prior to the Ocean City fireworks displays.

  4. Food

    What’s a birthday party without the food? The South Jersey Shore offers miles of restaurants, from fine dining to casual cuisine. For some fresh East Coast seafood, stop by Laguna Grill and Rum Bar in Brigantine to enjoy live music and a beautiful outdoor seating area in the sand. You can’t go to Wildwood without stopping by a local diner, so check out Marvi’s Diner for some classic American food.  If you’re in Ocean City, start a new tradition this July 4th with the The Chatterbox.  Open for the last 80 years, The Chatterbox promises amazing food and atmosphere that will keep your family coming back for more. The festivities continue into July 5th in Ocean City with everyone’s favorite Pie Eating Contest!  Whether you love apple or cherry, join the contest at 10:30 a.m. on the Boardwalk between the Music Pier and Moorlyn Terrace.

The 4th of July is only four short weeks away and our vacation rentals are filling up fast! If you haven’t booked your South Jersey Shore vacation, now is the time to do it. Visit Vantage-NJ.com or give us a call at (888) 629-0020 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.

It’s All About Atlantic City

Classic Charm with a Modern Flare

With its bright lights, glamorous casinos, and big name entertainment, it’s not hard to see why Atlantic City has been called “The World’s Playground.” This action-packed city at the Jersey shore offers exciting attractions and a six-mile-long Boardwalk where guests can walk, bike, or ride the “Jitney” to shops, restaurants, and amusements. Yet, despite Atlantic City’s obvious modern vibe, visitors can still see hints of its historical roots and classic charm all over town. Once a small tract of undeveloped marshy land, Atlantic City’s forward-thinking founders were determined to turn it into a health resort in the mid-to-late-1800s. It didn’t take long for the town’s popularity to spread, especially once the railroad service opened in 1854 and began bringing tourists from the Philadelphia area. During that time, visitors dressed in their finest suits and dresses to stroll down a removable Boardwalk that was set up during the busy season to keep sand out of hotel lobbies. By the early 1900s, Atlantic City was booming and nightclubs popped up all over town, due in large part to the fact that Prohibition was mostly unenforced here. It wasn’t until the mid-1970s and 1980s that Atlantic City reinvented itself and became the gambling mecca that it is today.

Landmarks Rich With History

While visiting Atlantic City, be sure to stop by the country’s third tallest lighthouse – the Absecon Lighthouse – which was built in 1854. Located in the Inlet section of town, guests can walk around the two-acre property, tour the Keeper’s Cottage museum and gift shop, and climb to the top of the lighthouse for an amazing view of the city. In addition, the Boardwalk’s historic Steel Pier is another landmark that provides a glimpse into Atlantic City’s heyday. This iconic amusement pier has been delighting beachgoers since it first opened to the public in 1898. Over the years, it has provided fun and entertainment in many forms, such as the famous Diving Horse, concert classics like Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, exciting games and amusement rides, and interesting exhibits for visitors to tour.

Vintage Homes of Atlantic City’s Glory Days

Atlantic City also retains its classic charm in the many restored homes of the area.  These grand properties feature architectural details that are not often found in the condos and townhomes of today including graceful archways, quaint porches, and impressive staircases that add to the ambiance of your vacation.  At the same time, guests can still enjoy the modern conveniences they are used to such as renovated kitchens, flat-screen TVs, wireless internet, and more.  Vantage is pleased to welcome visitors to these beautiful properties so they can experience a glimpse of Atlantic City’s glory days while still being just a short walk or ride from the modern-day attractions:

      • 1 Plaza Place, Atlantic City – 5-BR/2.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Located in the popular Lower Chelsea district, this charming turn-of-the-century home is spacious and well-equipped for large families or multiple families vacationing together. Catch some rays on the second floor deck or enjoy your morning coffee in the bricked rear courtyard. This property is just 1.5 blocks from the beach and Boardwalk.

      • Bartram 111-1, Atlantic City – 2-BR/1-BA, Sleeps 4 – Located in the quaint Lower Chelsea area, this adorable ground floor apartment has been recently renovated with new flooring, paint, appliances, and more. Guests of this property have the benefit of being just a half block from the Boardwalk and 1.5 miles from the first casino.


With summer just around the corner, our Atlantic City homes are filling up fast. Browse Vantage-NJ.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (888) 629-0020 to find the perfect spot for your South Jersey Shore vacation.

Vantage’s Top 10 Jersey Shore Attractions

We want you to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary by having the best summer yet! New Jersey beaches offer the best and most exciting attractions around, and we are giving you the Top 10 that are a must in our book.

Top 10 Attractions on South Jersey Shore

      1. Steel Pier, Atlantic City – Enjoy some fun at the Steel Pier where you will find the best extreme rides, an arcade and delicious food! The historic Steel Pier has been delighting beachgoers since it first opened to the public in 1898. Over the years, this iconic venue has provided fun and entertainment in many forms, such as the famous Diving Horse, concert classics like Frank Sinatra and the Beatles, exciting games and amusement rides, and interesting exhibits for visitors to tour.
      2. Lucy the Elephant, Margate – If you have never heard of Lucy the Elephant, then put it at the top of you to-do list when visiting the South Jersey Shore! Built in 1881, Lucy is a 6-story hollow structure that first served as a functioning real estate building, but later was used as a tavern, a residence – and most recently – a National Historic Landmark and a favorite spot for children throughout the decades. Visitors can take a tour up a winding staircase through Lucy’s legs and all the way up to the howdah on her back for a fantastic 360-degree view of the surrounding area. An outdoor eating area is available for visitors who’d like to bring a picnic lunch, as well as a gift shop for finding that perfect souvenir of this local landmark.
      3. Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Brigantine – The Marine Mammal Center has saved hundreds of marine life throughout New Jersey by responding to the strandings of whales, dolphins, seals and sea turtles. Take the whole family to the center and learn more about marine species and how to help protect them. Cameras are set up over each tank so visitors can view the animals while touring the museum. There is also a 1,000-gallon outdoor tank that is stocked with unusual local fish each May for visitors to see.
      4. Gardner’s Basin, Atlantic City – Enjoy an afternoon of fishing, boating, dolphin watch cruises, shopping and waterfront dining! Located along the Absecon Inlet in view of the ocean and skyline of casinos, historic Gardner’s Basin is known as a hub of nautical activity in Atlantic City. Visitors can fish off the dock area or charter a fishing boat that will take you out to sea. If you’d rather enjoy fish without having to catch them, take a tour of the Atlantic City Aquarium, which is home to hundreds of species. You can even help feed the stingrays! Explore the Crafters Village gift shops, and then grab a bite to eat at one of the on-site restaurants.
      5. Smithville Shops – Spend a day shopping until you drop. Historic Smithville offers a wide collection of shops that everyone will love, such as jewelry stores, clothing boutiques, antiques, old world style hand-crafts, gift shops, and so much more. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you stroll along cobblestone paths, over quaint bridges, and through lush gardens. Smithville also plays host to hundreds of events and festivals throughout the year, such as car shows, Renaissance faires, children’s festivals, live music, and holiday celebrations.
      6. Cape May Lighthouse – Nestled in the peaceful Cape May Point State Park, the historic Cape May Lighthouse is the 3rd documented lighthouse at the southern tip of New Jersey. This active lighthouse is 157 feet tall and has 199 steps in its cast iron spiral staircase, so be sure to wear your walking sneakers! You will be rewarded at the top with a spectacular panoramic view of the scenic Cape May peninsula. Visitors can also tour the Oil House on the lighthouse grounds, which contains a Visitors’ Orientation Center and Museum Shop with souvenirs, books, and maritime items.
      7. Cape May County Park and Zoo – This 200-acre natural park is sure to leave you with a smile. Explore the grounds and exhibits to see a collection of more than 550 animals representing 250 species, including a large population of creatures from the African savanna, a free-flight aviary area, numerous primates, and a reptile collection. In particular, the Cape May County Zoo is the proud home to a breeding pair of Snow Leopards who have welcomed cubs in recent years. The park and zoo also include a picnic area, walking and bike paths, fishing ponds, playgrounds and so much more! Admission is FREE (with donations welcome), and the park is open every day year-round, except for Christmas.
      8. Morey’s Pier, Wildwood – Since the 1950s, Morey’s Pier has been helping to put Wildwood on the map as the ultimate playground of the South Jersey Shore. Over the years, this family-owned business has evolved and expanded from classic slides, carousels, and roller coasters to a waterpark, bungee jumping, helicopter rides, and picnic pavilion. With over 100 attractions, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy
      9. Atlantic City Casinos – Since the 1970s, Atlantic City has built a reputation as the East Coast’s mecca for gambling and entertainment. Home to eleven casinos constructed along the Boardwalk and marina district, lucky visitors can spend a weekend hopping from one casino to the next! Whether you’re a high roller or just like to play the slots, come and let the Atlantic City casinos wine and dine you to make your experience exciting from start to finish. Be sure to check out some of the on-site restaurants located in the casinos, such as Fornelletto at the Borgatta and Il Mulina New York at Trump Taj Mahal.
      10. Ocean City Boardwalk – Get ready for some family fun! The historic Ocean City Boardwalk was first built in 1880 and is known for being one of the most family-friendly boardwalks in the nation. Home to hundreds of shops, restaurants, rides, and activities, this two and a half-mile long wooden boardwalk has all the makings of a classic beach experience. Wake up early to rent bikes or surreys from one of the nearby bike rental shops, and ride along the boardwalk as the sun rises up over the ocean. Close to the north end of the boardwalk you’ll find the famous Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, a family-owned amusement park with rides, rollercoasters, and games for the young and young at heart. Also popular with visitors is the OC Waterpark, Playland’s Castaway Cove, and the iconic Ocean City Music Pier – which dates back to 1928 and hosts hundreds of musicians, pageants, and entertainment throughout the year.

All the fun, excitements, and relaxation of summer is just around the corner! If you haven’t booked your vacation to the South Jersey Shore, now is the time to do it. Browse our website to find your perfect vacation rental, or give us a call at (888) 629-0020 today.


Save in May | The “Real” Senior Week!

Save Up to $50 – The “Real” Senior Week

High school and college seniors flock to the beach in June, but we like to think of May as the “Real” Senior Week! Thanks to mild weather, low rates, and less crowds, May is the perfect time to visit the South Jersey Shore. Take advantage of our Real Senior Week promotion and save up to $50 on your May vacation when you book by March 15th with the following promo codes (applies to travel 5/1/17-5/25/17 only; excludes Memorial Day weekend):

  • REAL25 – $25 off stays under $1300 (before tax/fees)
  • REAL50 – $50 off stays over $1300 (before tax/fees)

Offers valid on May reservations from May 1, 2017 to May 25, 2017. Discount applies to rental before taxes and fees. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions or credits, or applied to reservations booked prior to February 28, 2017. Please note that our properties do not permit group rentals to guests under age 25. Hurry – offer ends at 11:59 PM EST on 3/15/17! Visit our Specials Page for more information.

Enjoy Exciting May Events

One of the best reasons to visit the South Jersey Shore in May is for the events! The excitement begins with the Spring Block Party in Ocean City, NJ (May 6th). Come out for a day of music, food, and over 350 craft vendors displaying their creations along Asbury Avenue (5th St. -14th St.).  This family-friendly event is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and is a great way to get out in the spring air and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of this close-knit community.

Spend quality time with mom by celebrating Mother’s Day weekend (May 12th-14th) at the shore. Numerous restaurants throughout the area have Mother’s Day specials – a great way to show how much you care.  Several family-friendly events are taking place in various towns.  Come rev up your engines at the Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show (May 12th-14th) on the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ.  Take a walk back in time as you stroll past classic cars and trucks of all styles and from all time periods, such as hot rods, street machines, customs, and everything in between.  Cars will be displayed on the Boardwalk on Friday and Saturday from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  The “Boardwalk Top 40” winners will be displayed on Saturday at 5:00 PM in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center, and then a final awards ceremony will be held on Sunday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM for the weekend’s winners.

That same weekend, Ocean City, NJ will celebrate its annual Martin Z. Mollusk Day event (May 13th) on the 9th Street beach at 11:00 AM beside the Ocean City Music Pier.  Martin the hermit crab – who is the town’s weather-predicting mascot – will attempt to see his shadow and determine whether summer will come a week early this year.  This is a fun, Groundhog-esque event for anyone excited to celebrate the return of warm weather to the shore.

Ready to book your May getaway? Search our website for the dates, location, and amenities you’re looking for. For assistance, speak with one of our friendly Vacation Coordinators at (888) 629-0020 today.

Protect Your Vacation with Travel Insurance

Protect Your Vacation Dollars

by Kirsten Brink, Regional Manager of Vantage Resort Realty

When it comes to traveling, it is best to expect the unexpected. In my experience as a Rental Agent, unexpected bumps in the road are inevitable. Most vacationers invest a lot of time and resources into picking out the perfect rental for their vacation, but they often overlook the importance of protecting that investment should an unfortunate event occur. The truth is that when you are traveling or planning to travel, you never know what is going to happen. Travel insurance can provide a cushion of comfort in terms of monetary compensation should an unforeseen circumstance arise.

So, What Exactly is Travel Insurance?

Most vacationers think that travel insurance is an extra fee paid which only covers reimbursement of vacation expenses should a major weather event occur. This is actually not true. While travel insurance does protect vacation expenses in the case of an unexpected weather event, it also provides reimbursement for unused, pre-paid non-refundable trip costs in the case of a trip cancellation for a variety of covered reasons. A typical vacation rental contract provides certain provisions for cancellation clauses and an outline of reimbursement. For example, if a guest cancels but then the property proceeds to be re-booked at the same rate by another guest, the guest that cancelled would be reimbursed the amount they paid less a cancellation fee. There is no guarantee that the property will be re-booked and if cancellation occurs at a date close to the planned arrival date, the chance of re-booking reduces even further. Travel insurance provides a level of comfort in offering the potential for reimbursement even if the vacation is cancelled at the last minute.

Additional Benefits of Travel Insurance

One of the best parts about travel insurance coverage is that it continues to protect travelers well into the vacation, meaning that it not only covers if a trip is cancelled prior to arrival, but it also protects travelers if a trip is interrupted. If an emergency arises and vacationers must cut their vacation short, travel insurance ensures that they will be reimbursed for losses at a rate of up to 150% of the insured trip cost to include additional expenses of returning home earlier than planned. Anyone that has ever had to leave a trip or event early due to an injured or sick child or other family member will understand the full value that this coverage has.

In addition to trip cancellation and interruption protection, should an injury or illness occur while on vacation, travel insurance provides for emergency assistance and transportation as well as financial recovery of medical expenses. Additionally, travel insurance includes coverage for travel delay, identity theft resolution services, legal expenses, personal liability, accidental death and other benefits. For full details regarding travel insurance coverage, please visit www.CSATravelProtection.com/plan-details.

We Put the ‘Fun’ in Refund | Tax Day Deal

Tax Day Deal – Save $40 on May/June Rentals

We put the ‘fun’ in Refund! Tax Day is only 4 days away, and we think there’s no better way to use your tax refund than for a relaxing beach vacation with Vantage Resort Realty.

Now when you book a May/June vacation rental of $1040 or more (before tax/fees), guests can claim a ‘deduction’ of $40 from the cost of the reservation. Just enter Promo Code 1040EZ in our ‘EZ’ online booking form at Vantage-NJ.com, or mention it to a Vacation Coordinator when booking by phone at (888) 629-0020. Valid on check-ins between the dates of May 1 – June 30 at any property in our inventory. 3-night minimum is required. (Does not apply to reservations made prior to 4/13/16.)

Choose from all the locations that you love the most at the South Jersey Shore, such as Ocean City, Atlantic City, Wildwood, Brigantine, Ventnor, and more! May & June are two of the best months to visit the area thanks to fewer crowds, less traffic, mild temperatures – and, of course – low off-season rates.  Come on out and get your toes in the sand, walk along the Boardwalk, and soak up some sunshine.

Hurry – this offer ends on Tax Day, April 18!

For this deal & more, visit our Specials Page.

Miss America is Coming to Town


As many of you know, the Miss America Competition is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey every year in the month of September. This year, the 95th Miss America Competition will consist of 52 lovely & talented women – one of whom will be staying with Vantage! We are beyond excited & honored, and we wish her the best of luck in the competition!

The Miss America Organization is the largest scholarship program for women in the United States as it provides millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $10 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

Join Us in Atlantic City for All the Excitement

The 2016 Miss America Competition will take place September 13 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on ABC. There will be three days of preliminary competitions (Sept. 8-10) where judges will select the top 15 finalists that will compete for the title.

If you’re in town that week, or interested in attending the event, you can purchase tickets here.  Give us a call at 888.629.0020 or browse our website if we can help you find accommodations during the competition.

Flashing Lights – July 4th Night!

There’s nothing like enjoying fireworks on the beach, and the Jersey Shore is having firework shows in all your favorite cities! What could be better than spending July 4th with the sand between your toes? Below is a list of all 4th of July festivities separated by location.

Wildwood, NJ

    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    9 am
    9th and Atlantic Ave, and proceeds north to 1st & Surf Ave.
    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    10 pm
    Visible from anywhere in Wildwood.
    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Registration begins: 7 am
    Wildwoods Convention Center

Ocean City, NJ

    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    6 pm – Kite flying competition followed by entertainment.
    10 pm – Spectacular boardwalk fireworks
    9th Street beach
    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Sponsored by the South OC Improvement Assoc.
    9 am – Registration
    10 am – Parade begins
    40th & Asbury Ave.
    Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Sponsored by the Gardens Civic Assoc.
    9 am – Registration
    10 am – Parade begins
    Longport Bridge parking lot

Atlantic City, NJ

    Friday, July 3, 2015 – Beach & Boardwalk
    Saturday July 4, 2015 – Marina
    Both shows will begin at 9:30 pm

*Each show will be 15 minutes long and will be choreographed to music.

Ventnor, NJ

    Saturday July 4, 2015
    9:00 am
    The display goes off between Granville & Huntington Avenues

*BBQs permitted on all Margate beaches.

Events Galore at the Jersey Shore!

Wondering what there is to do at the Jersey Shore? Well of course there are the wonderful beaches, but there’s much more going on than you may realize. There’s a boat load of events happening throughout the spring and summer months. The weather is finally cooperating so come see all that the shore has to offer. There are festivals, parades, concerts, conventions, shows of all sorts, and much, much more. The majority of the events are kid friendly so you can plan for the whole family. Check out our events page and book your vacation today!

Calling All Runners!

Put your running shoes on and make your way to the Jersey Shore! There are races taking place all throughout the spring and summer season in your favorite NJ locations. Grab a group, a friend or simply yourself and sign up! There’s no better time to unleash your inner runner. Races don’t have to be competitive so don’t worry if you’re not feeling in top shape. There are races for all age groups to participate in. For a list of all Jersey Shore races, go HERE.