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 family trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top kid-friendly 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. The complex includes a total of three children’s pools, a waterslide, splash area, and waterfall -- giving children plenty to do. Guests have access to umbrellas, beach chairs, boogie boards, and two volleyball nets.
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. A nine-foot-deep heated outdoor pool, separate kiddy pool, sundeck, and poolside snack bar all serve to make Port Royal’s pool area among the best in Wildwood Crest. Other perks include a beautiful nautical-style library, homey restaurant, and a game room.
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 hotel’s main highlight is its large, heated outdoor pool, which features a concrete island, kids’ section, poolside fire pit, and sundecks.
Avondale by the Sea is a beachfront property popular with families and couples who flock to Cape May every summer for a beach vacation. The hotel has an almost unbeatable location directly across the street from the ocean and a six-minute walk to pedestrian-friendly Washington Street Mall. The outdoor swimming pool (open seasonally) is surrounded by white sun loungers and there's a small kiddie pool for the little ones. Rooms are clean but basic, with some dated touches (patterned bedspreads) and some nice amenities (flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi). Free breakfast and a reserved parking space are nice extras.
Renovated in 2012, the Blue Palms is a family-friendly beach hotel with two heated pools. Located in the center of downtown Wildwood, a block from the beach and the Wildwood Boardwalk, this appealingly kitschy budget hotel is a short walk from restaurants and shops. Rooms are clean if a bit basic, and some have kitchenettes, sofa beds, or bunk beds. Free perks like rental bicycles, beach chairs, and continental breakfast in the summer add value. Guests receive discounts to the Morey family’s amusement parks and water parks (about 40 percent off admission).
The StarLux is a family-friendly boutique hotel with highly stylized 1950s futuristic decor. Just over a block from the beach and Wildwood Boardwalk, this 45-room property is a short walk from restaurants and shops. Highlights include a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, game room, and fun-spirited guest rooms with lava lamps and mini-fridges. Free perks like beach chairs, boogie boards, rental bikes, and continental breakfast make the Starlux a solid value in the heart of town.
fairly typical budget beach motel, the Victorian features a nice outdoor pool with a nine-foot deep-end, barbecue grills, sundeck area, and little else. The 38-room property has a great downtown location next to Washington Street Mall -- a popular pedestrian strip with shops and restaurants -- and is only a block from the beach. The rooms are generic, but well maintained. During peak season, the Victorian Motel is a great value for Cape May.
The Camelot is a locally owned, family-friendly motel about half a block from the Cape May beach and a short walk to downtown shops and restaurants. This budget property doesn’t offer many features besides the swimming pool, but the basic, dated rooms are well maintained, spacious, and most offer convenient kitchenettes.