Aztec Motel—Wildwood Crest, New Jersey

The Aztec was opened in 1960 by Maria J. Martinis. Originally, the façade of the motel hardly reflected any of the ideas, themes, or designs of the Aztec people.

But when Adamo Pipitone Sr. bought the Aztec in 2001, he decided to give the motel and its annex upgrades that thematically matched their moniker. The most striking of all the Aztec’s ornaments is its brilliant vertical neon sign of red, yellow, and turquoise.

The Aztec Motel remains particularly popular during the summer months. It stands little more than a modest walk from the beach and a mere two blocks away from the start of Wildwood’s famous Boardwalk.