|The Wildwoods Sweep New Jersey's Best Beaches Contest for Second Year in a Row|
| The Wildwoods earn 4 awards in 2011 - including Top Beach in NJ|
The Wildwoods, NJ - May 26, 2011 - The Wildwoods' beaches were voted best in New Jersey in the 2011 Top Ten NJ Beaches survey today by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium (NJMSC), New Jersey Sea Grant and the Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center.
In addition to the #1 ranking for the state of New Jersey, the Wildwoods were also named "Best Beach for Family Vacations," "Best Beach for Day Trips" and "Best Beach for Ecotourism."
The Wildwoods received 7,055 of the 19,158 votes cast for "Best Beach in New Jersey" during an online poll conducted this spring - nearly two thirds more votes than the 2nd place winner.
The survey, compiled throughout the spring by NJMSC in conjunction with the New Jersey Sea Grant, the Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center and the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, collected online votes from residents and visitors. The survey determined the public's opinion of the Top Ten Beaches in the state, along with the best beach in categories of Ecotourism, Family Vacation and Day Trips. New for 2011, the survey also determined the "Best Beach" in the following counties - Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean - as well as a NJ Top Ten Beach Photo Contest.
"We're honored, yet again, to be named New Jersey's Top Beach. The Wildwoods' beaches are second to none, and best of all, they're FREE," said John Siciliano, Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority executive director. "The fact that our beaches have been named 'Best in New Jersey' year after year, as well as earning several other distinctions, such as 'Best Beach for Day Trips,' 'Best Beach for Ecotourism' and 'Best Beach for Family Vacations,' is a tribute to our island's hard-working public works departments that do an excellent job of maintaining our beaches and assuring that they're always in pristine condition. Our hat goes off to all those involved in the effort to keep the Wildwoods' beaches among the very best in New Jersey."
Long renowned as the premier family vacation destination of the Jersey Shore, more than nine million visitors flock to the Wildwoods every year - taking advantage of New Jersey's largest beaches. Stretching for five miles along the shores of North Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, the Wildwoods' wide, white-sand beaches are a perfect way to spend a relaxing, sunny day at the Jersey Shore and are absolutely FREE to enjoy. Consistently growing in size year after year, the Wildwoods' beaches are the backdrop for a variety of one-of-a-kind festivities throughout the year including the Wildwoods International Kite Festival, the National Marbles Tournament, Monster Truck Races & Motocross Races on the Beach, Beach Soccer & Beach Lacrosse Tournaments, and many more.
In addition to its award-winning beaches, the Wildwoods are also home to a nationally-recognized Boardwalk - complete with amusement piers, water parks and arcades. The five-mile island also offers an abundant array of fishing and water-related recreational activities, golfing, shops, restaurants, '50s era "Doo-Wop" architectural tours and over 180 festivals and events throughout the year.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.