Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we visit properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top beach hotel picks in Jersey Shore and get inspired!
This massive, 17-acre oceanfront resort attracts families with its spacious condos and rental homes, four large pools, private beach, and plentiful amenities. The 200-plus rental units at Seapointe Village, available only for weekly rentals during peak season, are all individually owned -- so the decor and renovations vary widely. Rentals are on the pricy side for Wildwood Crest, but you won’t find better amenities for miles around. Just remember to stock your kitchen, because there’s no on-site restaurant at the resort -- just a small beach cafe.
The Port Royal is among the pricier beachfront properties in Wildwood Crest, but it’s also one of the more stylish. This 100-room, family-friendly hotel features classic nautical decor, a great outdoor pool, and comfortable rooms with ocean-view balconies. The most noticeable thing about Port Royal’s beach is its sheer size. It takes at least four minutes to walk from the hotel to the water’s edge, which can be annoying on a scalding hot day, but it also means there’s plenty of beach space for everyone. Unlike many Jersey Shore beaches, Wildwood Crest Beach is free and doesn’t require a beach tag.
The Pan American Hotel is among the pricier beachfront properties in Wildwood Crest, but it’s also one of the more stylish. The lobby has a cool modern-meets-retro travel theme, and the rooms have private balconies, mini-fridges, and (at least partial) ocean views. The property highlight is the killer pool. There’s an on-site restaurant, but no booze (Wildwood Crest is dry of alcohol). Those who want to be closer to the boardwalk should consider the slightly cheaper Blue Palms. The beach is free and doesn’t require a beach pass.
This beachfront property is located in a quiet neighborhood in Wildwood Crest. Its 51 rooms are a bit dated, but generous floor plans and well-equipped kitchenettes make it a solid budget choice for family vacations. With few amenities besides an outdoor pool, calling the Acacia a resort is a stretch -- calling it a motel would be much more accurate.