Wildwood Beach
Wildwood Beach
4.5
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This beach has clean, expansive shores that stretch for five miles across the shores of Wildwood. Here, you can go surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, and even dolphin or whale watching when the season is right. Get on a dolphin or whale-watching tour of Cape May for the best chance of spotting them. The best part? The beach is completely free to enter, unlike many other New Jersey beaches. You can also check out Wildwood's award-winning boardwalk, enjoy the thrilling amusement parks at Morey’s Piers, or get drenched at the high-octane Splash Zone Water Park. – Tripadvisor
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Harleysville_Bill
PA129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
There’s really nothing like the Wildwood beach and it’s probably my favorite in NJ. It’s a free beach so nobody will be nagging you to buy beach tags like all the other NJ shore points. It is HUGE, so yes it’s a long long walk to the water, but the plus side is that there’s plenty of room for everyone. There’s a taxi service on the beach that can transport you if you or members or your group have difficulty with the long walk (sorry, don’t know the pricing). There’s good lifeguard coverage at the water. There’s plenty of places on the beach to rent umbrellas, chairs, boogie boards, etc. If you keep your eyes out, you’ll also see the ice cream sales people occasionally coming by to serve ice cream right on the beach. I believe there are a number of restaurants that you can order from and will deliver to the beach, but I have never used any of them yet.
The only downside is that one some crowded days the beach can get a little littered. This is no fault of the city - there’s plenty of trash receptacles and they clean the beach daily. It’s more a reflection on some of the visitors. The upside is that you can always go a few blocks North or South on the beach if you don’t like what you see. And week days seem better in this regard than the weekends.
Written July 7, 2020
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Annemarch123
Carteret, NJ10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This beach is beautiful. The sand is fine and the layout is flat. all the way into the water.
There are walkways that take you almost all the way out the ocean, and the sand it not so soft that you can't easily pull a beach buggy over it without too much effort.
There are garbage cans and recycling cans. Lifeguards seemed to be on point and the Fudgy Wudgy Ice Cream vendor walks the beach selling ice cold frozen treats!
And....the beach is FREE!
Written July 19, 2021
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Erin B
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Wildwood is a great beach. It’s nice, large, scenic, and family-friendly. It’s fun to watch the waves, dolphins, birds, boats, and everyone having fun. However, it is it a long walk to get to the water. (Note: you can get a beach taxi for a small fee.) The sand was kind of rough in some places and hurt my feel. But overall, it’s a great beach.
Written July 11, 2020
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dbuyer
Philadelphia, PA97 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Wildwood North down to Dog Beach, is just gross. Garbage is everywhere. People leave clothes, umbrellas, trash, and everything else you can think of. Hey Mayor Pete Byron, so you go the gig, now clean it up. Down in The Crest and Diamond Beach are still wonderful, clean, and people are a bit more respectful. Forget about social distancing up north or on the boardwalk. People still not doing the right thing, not wearing a mask at all or just keeping it on their chin. No wonder we can not get a hold of the virus. It really is a shame that the township has garbage collected on the hour in The Crest/Diamond but does not do the same up north. The dog beach has some nasty flies all day! I am scared to even think if people pick up after their dogs. The Boardwalk is not for the faint of heart, especially if you are doing the right thing wearing a mask and keeping apart. I pray we all get back to normal one day but Wildwood is dropping the ball.
Written July 24, 2020
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Chelsi P
Denver, CO388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
It was busy but not too busy. The water was a little cold but plenty of people were enjoying boating, boogie boarding, etc. Groups were able to spread out (it was a weekday). We stayed at a motel very close. There was some parking but it is best to walk if you can.
Written July 1, 2021
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Henry L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Apparently all the restaurants in the area have bucked the normal business trend to allow point of sale payment transactions by credit card by charging a fee of typically 3.5% added to the restaurant total bill. Cash is accepted and it is unknown if a check is accepted. The consumer reaction appears to be to use the credit card and pay the fee, although I heard some grousing to the effect that the fee would be deducted from the tip, again bucking the normal American custom for the restaurant customer to pay the restaurant service worker’s compensation. Not all business owners are charged a merchant service fee of 3.5% so this will be a bonus to some as merchant service fees are negotiable and few approach 3.5%. The argument in favor is the restaurant is accepting this form of payment as a convenience to the consumer with the cost to be born by the customer. On the other hand most businesses price all their overhead expenses into cost of goods sold. Restaurant pricing is not transparent so it is unknown if the price reflects a reduction in the meal price due to the added fee directly charged to the customer. Most businesses accept credit card payment without a fee, unless it is a high price transaction, so this seemed worthy of comment. So bring cash or perhaps a check? Or be prepared to pay 3.5% extra for your meal in the Wildwoods. What do you think?
Written July 25, 2023
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Arlene D
New York City, NY72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Stayed at a nearby motel with a great view of the boardwalk/ocean. I love Wildwood beach. It's clean, water is warm, and the waves are not to rough. One of my favorite childhood getaways and it continues to be one of my favorite places to visit after 20 years.
Written August 4, 2020
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Wolf S
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Ocean swimming is horrible. The lifeguards harass all the time. No one is allowed beyond waist deep water and must be within about 30 meters of the tower. Fine if everyone is a non-swimmer (in that case you should not be at the beach), but anyone with solid open water swimming skills will hate this. The lifeguards are literally blowing their whistles every minute. If you are a swimmer wanting to enjoy the ocean do not go to Wildwood.
Written July 26, 2023
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Christine D
Clarence Center, NY102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I have visited the Crest beach over a dozen times over the years with no complaints. This year we were in the heart of Wildwood and our first walk on the beach resulted in a condom washed up on my feet. I resolved not to visit the beach late in the day again. The beaches are very clean in the morning and we discovered that the North Wildwood beach was especially clean and quiet early in the morning. It was also an easier walking distance to the beach for my elderly mother than the Crest beach that is too far a walk for her.
Written August 25, 2021
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Steve
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Great place for family vacation. We rent a condo there every year for a week.large extended family comes from all over and we do the beach,boardwalk,clubs and restaurants. Something for everyone there.
Beach is very well patrolled,clean and safe. Surf is not to rough. Boardwalk is great for kids. Lot of rides and games and fun cafes.
Boardwalk food is a "cholesterol tour of love" but good,good and good.
Nice clubs with good live bands and most of them in niteclub district in north Wildwood so you can walk and not sweat drivin.
Written January 2, 2020
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