The historic Caribbean Motel is widely regarded as the quintessential icon of "Doo Wop" architecture in the New Jersey beach resort community of The Wildwoods--home to the largest surviving collection of mid-20th century commercial beach resort architecture in North America. Funky motels, glitzy neon signs, and plastic palms proliferate in this eye-popping time capsule of a resort. They are a window into the classic American family summer vacation of the 1950s and 1960s.
Some of the widest--if not the widest--beach on the East Coast, a thriving boardwalk with three world-class amusement piers, more rides than Disney World, and an array of restaurants, nightclubs, and other activities continue to make The Wildwoods one of the most popular family resort destinations in the region.
First open to vacationers in 1957, the historic Caribbean Motel was among the most daring, imaginative structures to be built in the resort during that era of post-war optimism and leisure. It was a period when everyone had one eye on the future--a better future--and the other eye on exotic vacation destinations in far-away lands (at least the way they'd seen in the movies).
The Caribbean Motel combined both fascinations into one. It sported ultra-modern architectural elements, like the futuristic "levitating" ramp, crescent-shaped pool, canted glass walls, and candy-colored "spaceship" lights along with the very first plastic palm trees to be "planted" in The Wildwoods. It gave vacationers the feeling that they were in a far-away tropical paradise while only a short drive from home on the Jersey Shore.
Today, the restored, renovated, and re-invented historic Caribbean Motel stands as a living monument to this magical era in our Nation's history--a taste of pure Americana, you might say, with a 21st century tropical twist! Modern amenities like flat screen TVs and free wireless internet combine with classic restored and reproduced mid-century architecture, furnishings and ambiance to create a unique lodging experience that's part nostalgia, part exotica, and part good-old-fashioned fun! It's a timeless, Technicolor tropical fantasy!
Original Property Opened: 1957
5600 Ocean Avenue
Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260
Historic Hotels of America toll-free reservations number (800) 678-8946
Post War United States, 1946 ~ 1969
The historic Caribbean Motel is widely regarded as the quintessential icon of "Doo Wop" architecture in the New Jersey beach resort community of The Wildwoods--home to the largest surviving collection of mid-20th century commercial beach resort architecture in North America.
Learn more about the History of Caribbean Motel.