tripavisor_logoWILDWOOD – As you get ready to plan that 2015 vacation, you might want to factor in a bottle of sunscreen and a yen for a wonderful time. The rest the world now knows what residents and visitors to the Wildwoods have known for years – when it comes to a great vacation, the Wildwoods are number one.

In a Dec. 2 announcement, the Wildwoods were named first in the nation in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise awards. Included in the 10 destination list were vacation hotspots like Telluride, Colo., Nags Head, S.C. and Waikola, Hawaii.

Criteria for inclusion in this elite group included feedback from visitors who shared feedback with TripAdvisor. Included in the rankings were reviews of accommodations, attractions and restaurants.

“The TripAdvisor community has helped surface some unheralded destinations across the globe that are receiving rave reviews from travelers worldwide,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

According to organization’s announcement of the list, “A visit to Wildwood, New Jersey feels a bit like stepping back in time. Many of the area’s motels were built during the doo-wop era of the 1950s and ‘60s, and the Boardwalk’s carnival games, frozen custard stands, and kitschy souvenir shops sprinkle the two-mile stretch with nostalgic flavor. Beachside amusement parks, mini golf courses, pier fishing, and water sports are fun for all ages, and Wildwood’s bars, pubs, and clubs pulse with the vibe of summer fun.”

“The Wildwoods have always been a premier vacation destination in the United States,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano. “Our hotels and motels are world-class, the city is filled with restaurants that can accommodate any palate and our beach and Boardwalk are unparalleled.”

One TripAdvisor reviewer described their Wildwood experience as “A great time, whether walking, shopping, or relaxing.”

“We are thrilled to receive this honor and be recognized,” Troiano said. “Whether a day, a weekend, a week or an entire summer, the City of Wildwood along with everyone on the island strives to make sure every vacation experience is fun-filled and memorable.”