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Nestled between the glitzy casinos of Atlantic City and the stately Victorian bed and breakfasts of Cape May, lies a resort town that history and time has forgotten û Wildwood, New Jersey.

This beach town is known as the "Doo-Wop Capital", and the Doo-Wop Preservation League makes Wildwood its home. What makes this town so amazing? Entering Wildwood is like stepping back in time to the 1950s. The many, many motels on the island all have one thing in common û lots of neon, flamingos and bold, brash colors reminiscent of the poodle skirt days and the drive-in theaters. When the sun goes down in Wildwood, the neon goes on and lights up the town in flashy, gaudy shades of green, pink and aqua.

Adding to its neon charm is the five-mile beach, which is only one of two free beaches left on the Jersey shore (Atlantic City being the other one). Wildwood has the largest beach of all the Jersey shore towns, and some beaches even provide "jitneys" to transport sunbathers from the boardwalk to the ocean's edge.

The island is a great family vacation spot. Although the motels are preserved in their 50's style in shades of hot pink and turquoise, they are clean, family-friendly and a great value.

Wildwood also features the largest boardwalk along the shore, with four piers of amusement rides and several water parks, not to mention the T-Shirt shops, gift shops and "shore" food, such as waffles and ice cream, pork roll sandwiches and French fries you eat with a toothpick. In the morning, the boardwalk abounds with cyclers riding 50's style bicycles which can be rented at numerous stores along the boardwalk.

Because of its vintage style, Wildwood hosts many doo-wop festivals and concerts on the beach, so while the kids are enjoying the roller-coasters, the parents are jitterbugging to the music of their youth.

There is also a doo-wop trolley tour for sightseeing around the island and visiting the most popular neon spots in town. The tours runs about 45 minutes and operates every Tuesday and Thursday.

So if you are planning a trip to the New Jersey shore, take a trip back in time and vacation in Wildwood. Bring the kids, the sunscreen and the hula-hoop!