Prior to my first trip to Long Beach Island, otherwise known as "LBI", I had only ever been to southern New Jersey, and my experience was farm towns and very rural areas. Outside of that and the Jersey Shore show, I had no other experiences, however LBI was a pleasant surprise that was great for a quiet getaway, family fun, or a romantic trip. I have since been back many times, but it is a great little community with a few restaurants, but the main draw being that any home or hotel on the island is only a few hundred yards away from incredible beaches. You can find sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays and other aquatic animals here. One tip is that alcohol at liquor stores is extremely expensive on the island so plan ahead.