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Stay in Wildwood vacation rentals for the perfect beach holiday

Pack the sunscreen and the sand bucket – it's time for a fun-filled beach vacation in Wildwood! There's something to delight both the young ones and the young-once, from some of the state's best beaches, to amusement parks on the 3-kilometre-long boardwalk, to huge surfing spots. Condos, cottages, townhomes, and many other vacation rentals in Wildwood are available for year-round fun. Come in the fall months of September and October and take part in festivities like the annual New Jersey State Firemen's Convention and Parade, the Fall Classic Car Show, and the Downtown Fall Farmers' Market.


Though Wildwood was incorporated as a city in 1912, it's the Doo-Wop Era – the 1950s and 1960s – that's become one of the most prominent parts of its past. A visit from your vacation rental to the Wildwoods Shore Resort Historic District will make you feel like you've stepped back to the mid-20th century. The motels here, built in the Googie or populuxe space-age architectural style, boast garish neon signs, asymmetric elements, and plastic palm trees. At the George F. Boyer Historical Museum, you can browse through old photos, signs, and various relics from Wildwood's colourful past.


Activities and attractions in and around Wildwood

Do you want to find things to do while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Wildwood a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Adventure Pier (0.3 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Raging Waters (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Splash Zone Water Park (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Mariner's Pier (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Seaport Aquarium (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Wildwood

If you're planning a vacation around the weather, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 84°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Wildwood

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Wildwood is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Wildwood Beach (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Albert I Allen Memorial Park (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Cape May National Wildlife Refuge (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary (4.6 mi / 7.4 km)
  • Poverty Beach (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • South Cape May Meadows (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Wildwood

The nearest airport is in Cape May, NJ (WWD-Cape May County), located 5 mi (8.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Millville, NJ (MIV-Millville Municipal), which is 29.9 mi (48.1 km) away.

How to get around

Getting around Wildwood from your vacation home rental

Wildwood is easily navigable on foot, though many locals and visitors choose to ride bikes to get where they need to go. To travel between various points on the boardwalk, hop on the tram car that traverses the path's whole length. A trolley service that connects Wildwood to neighbouring communities is available in summer and fall. Buses operated by NJ Transit ply routes throughout the city and beyond, and there are taxi services you can use at any time of the day or night. If you plan on driving, keep in mind that free parking for the beach and boardwalk is limited, and paid-for parking is expensive.

Food & drink 

Eat and drink to your heart's content in Wildwood

Whether you're in the mood for fine dining or quick and casual eats, you'll find something that'll satisfy your craving in Wildwood. On the boardwalk, you'll find diners whipping up good old American burgers, hotdogs, and shakes, pizzerias offering made-to-order-pies, and seafood spots where you can munch on fish and chips and indulge in broiled scallops and spicy shrimp. The Downtown Wildwood Farmers' Market, held every Saturday, features tempting selections of farm-fresh produce, regional coffee and wine, and freshly baked goodies you can bring back with you to your Wildwood vacation rental.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Wildwood vacation rental stay

Wildwood is part of a group of Cape May County municipalities called The Wildwoods, along with Diamond Beach, Wildwood Crest, West Wildwood, and North Wildwood. It covers 3.4 sq km on the Jersey Shore's Five Mile Beach, a barrier island facing the Atlantic Ocean. Roughly 5,000 people call Wildwood home, but during the peak summer season the population swells to more than 250,000 with visitors coming in to bask on its beaches. English is the language spoken, and the US dollar is the currency. If you're eating out, remember to tip about 15–20% of your restaurant or bar bill. For assistance in emergencies, dial 911.

How many vacation rentals are available around Wildwood?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 2,500 house rentals around Wildwood. From 1,178 Condos/Apartments to 973 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Wildwood is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Wildwood?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Wildwood:

  • Diamond Beach: 164 vacation rentals
  • South Rehoboth: 1,175 vacation rentals
  • Village Green: 289 vacation rentals
  • Gold Coast: 261 vacation rentals
  • Admiral Estates: 78 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Wildwood?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Wildwood. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks: 3,405 home rentals
  • Morey's Piers: 3,416 home rentals
  • Doo Wop Experience: 3,379 home rentals
  • Wildwood Convention Center: 3,376 home rentals
  • Wildwood Boardwalk: 3,411 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Wildwood listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Wildwood?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,178 Condos/Apartments in Wildwood. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Wildwood include:

  • Houses: 973 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 79 lodging choices
  • Townhouses: 250 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Wildwood?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 813 vacation homes with pool available in Wildwood.

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