As we all know, I am through-and-through a toes in the sand kind of girl. I love to listen to the ocean waves, hear the gulls, the laughter around me, some great music and to feel the warmth of the summer sun on my skin.
Where to go? Where to go? With so many options, I decided why not go where summertime is reminiscent of a carefree childhood vacation complete with the aroma of funnel cakes and the feel of the salty air while walking along the boardwalk. Where else but Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.
Port Royal Hotel at http://portroyalhotel.com/ is exactly the place to go for me. Located one mile south of the boardwalk with luxuriously appointed accommodations which feature many amenities from central air conditioning, heating to color cable TV with VCR. Whether you chose a deluxe guest room, a one-room efficiency, or an ocean suite you will find attractive decor, comfortable furnishings and private balconies with scenic views.
The Port Royal is located on the wide, clean, safe and free beach in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. If you choose to go poolside, grab a chaise and relax on the oceanfront sun deck that surrounds the heated hourglass-shaped pool. There is also a heated kiddie pool, snacks are available on the canopy-covered poolside patio so you can grab a bite without losing sight of the ocean or you can eat at the 50‘s Doo-Wop themed Royal Grille restaurant! Additional conveniences include coin-operated laundry facilities on every floor, self-service elevators, full-service gift shop, and free off-street preferred parking (one car per unit).
Located at approximately a 50 minute drive from Atlantic City, a 10 minute drive to Historic Cape May and within walking distance on the 38-block (2.5 mile wooden walkway) Wildwood boardwalk is lined with amusement piers, water parks, specialty shops, theaters, eateries and restaurants. You can ride a bike along the promenade from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., or ride the tram cars while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Atlantic. This is the place to start some Summer!
Should I get bored, I can always fall back to one of my favorites … shopping. Shopping is abundant in the Wildwoods from the Holly Beach Mall to the New Jersey Avenue merchants... the choices are endless. The summer air is filled with oldies music at the dockside, rock and roll at the clubs and ethnic sing-a-longs all over town. During the summer season, an estimated 2 million visitors come to the Wildwoods. Of course, the kids go crazy for the non-stop action on Morey's Piers – three incredible piers offering seven world-class roller coasters, two huge beachfront waterparks and family rides galore.
Am I in bliss? Most definitely. I came with an appetite for a mixture of childhood carnival food, cuisine, and of course, ice-cream before dinner. Summertime doesn’t get much better than this and the memories are priceless!