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Near the southern tip of the Jersey Shore, Wildwood has been attracting East Coasters looking for a relaxing beach escape since the late 1800s. Loyalists return each year for the wide white-sand beach, lively boardwalk loaded with amusement rides and restaurants, and affordable midcentury modern hotels and motels. I would know, I'm one of them. My family loves to spend time here, and once you arrive, you'll easily see why.
The main town is Wildwood, but the whole barrier island is sometimes referred to as "The Wildwoods," since it's made up of a group of beach communities with the word "Wildwood" in the name.
The 1950's was Wildwood's heyday and you can still see the architectural evidence of that era in Wildwood's well-preserved "Doo Wop" design (the town is so committed to maintaining its funky vibe that it has an official Doo Wop Preservation League).
These days, Wildwood seems to be having another moment. Three properties in the area made it onto Trip Advisor's Traveler's Choice Awards of the top 25 family hotels in the US for 2020. And according to Booking.com, Wildwood Crest is one of the lesser-known US destinations that has risen in popularity year over year.
It's also very affordable. You can easily find lodgings for under $150 per night, even in the high season. And while summer is the peak, fall is just as appealing. The crowds clear out and prices drop even lower.
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