Saturday, August 7, 2021 / by Teresa Dipeso
The Wildwoods free beaches have won significant national and regional notoriety, recognizing their family-friendly atmosphere, cleanliness and accessibility.
Stretching for five miles across North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, the Wildwoods beaches are free for visitors to enjoy with no beach tags required. The beaches are the ideal location to clear the mind, escape the chaos, and enjoy the calming effects of "Beach Therapy."
The wide, spacious beaches allow plenty of room to stretch out. Beachgoers have the option of choosing to enjoy a relaxing day in the sun or a more adventurous day of activities on the water, such as surfing, boogie boarding, fishing, power boating, jet-skiing, sailing, kayaking and whale watching.
Plus, there's a dog-friendly beach and a large dog park right on the sand at Glenwood Avenue Beach, ensuring that visitors can bring along their four-legged friends!
Thus far in 2021, the Wildwoods beaches have received nine national and regional accolades:
- HGTV - Best Jersey Shore Beaches
- Reader's Digest - The 15 Best Affordable Beach Vacations in America
- Reader's Digest - 14 Best Beach Boardwalks in America
- MSN.com, PureWOW - The 15 Best Beaches in New Jersey, Hands Down
- Wherever Family - Best New Jersey Beaches for the Family
- Family Destinations Guide - 16 Best Beaches in New Jersey, The Top Beaches to Visit
- NBC4 Washington, D.C. - Top 10 Beaches Near the D.C. Area
- News12 The Bronx - Best Beaches in New Jersey
- Her Campus - The Best New Jersey Beaches to Check Out This Summer
In 2020, the Wildwoods beaches received accolades among the: "15 Best Beaches in New Jersey For When You Need to Escape the City" by Conde Nast Traveler, and named among the "9 Best Family Beaches in New Jersey" by Family Vacation Critic. In 2019, the Wildwoods beaches were named one of the "25 Best Family Beach Vacations to Take with the Kids in the USA" by TripAdvisor.
In 2018, the beaches were awarded USA TODAY's Reader's Choice Award for "The Best Beach in New Jersey." Additionally, Marina Life Magazine named the Wildwood Crest beach as "One of the Top Ten East Coast Beaches in 2017." In 2016, Better Homes and Gardens named the Wildwoods one of the nation's "Top 10 Beaches You MUST Visit With Your Family"; Family Vacation Critic named the Wildwoods beaches "Best Beaches for Families"; and USA TODAY 10Best named the Wildwoods Dog Beach one of the top 10 "Best Dog Friendly Beaches" in the nation.
Additional awards and accolades, recognizing the Wildwoods beaches include:
- New York Daily News - Best Sports Beach
- Smarter Travel - Best Beach Town in America for a Classic Experience
- Homes.com - Best Beach Town for a Classic Experience
- America Online - Top Ten More Beach for Your Money
- PHL17 Philly Hot List - Best Beaches
- NJ.com - Favorite Beach and Boardwalk
- New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium - Best Beaches in New Jersey; Best Beach for Family Vacations; Best Beach for Tourism; Best Beach for Events; Best Beach for Ecotourism
John Siciliano, Executive Director for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority, shared his sentiments about receiving the numerous accolades:
"We are honored to be listed among the nation's top beaches. These prestigious recognitions that we've received throughout the years demonstrate that the Wildwoods have truly grown to become one of the East Coast's top family vacation destinations. We hope that these honors attract even more visitors to our beautiful five-mile stretch of free and spacious beaches. The accolades are a tribute to everyone who works extremely hard to make our beaches and the Wildwoods the premier family destination that it is today."