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What travelers to Cape May are saying

We were really only there for a wedding. We arrived in time to shower and get ready for the wedding. We had breakfast the next morning and walked a bit around, but since it was March, it wasn't beach weather, and nothing was open.
Marcia G. Apr 28, 2015
We went to Cape May in April. It was cold and windy....but beautiful. It is truly a charming place! Next time we will go in September/October.
Alessandra B. May 20, 2015

Victorian elegance and outdoor thrills mesh in Cape May

A serene beach town with a historic Victorian theme and many 19th century framed buildings, Cape May is located at the southernmost tip of New Jersey. Its rich history blends with an appealing natural setting; soft shell-strewn sands meet promenades and wide avenues, where locals stroll hand in hand and cyclists roll serenely along. Life moves at a leisurely pace in this designated National Historic Landmark, and you can simply sit eating ice cream as you listen to the waves lap the shore, or stroll to local landmarks like The Lighthouse or The Colonial House. Families will love long days building castles on the beach, while the Arcade houses amusements and games.


Things to do

Cape May beaches

Cape May boasts some of America's most idyllic beaches and beach tags are available at all entries—these are required from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The most popular beaches can be found in the city area: the Cove is family-friendly with soft sands, a laidback atmosphere, and beach artifacts like seashells. Broadway is where the younger set hangs out, while Steger's Beach and Windsor are local favorites as well.

Outside of the town center, Higbee Wildlife area is a private oasis, perfect for pet owners looking to take the dog for a stroll. Since it is owned by the state as a wildlife preserve, no lifeguards are on duty, which means the water isn't recommended to swimmers. However, it is wonderful for a bike ride.

Sunset Beach is a lively evening haunt but, once again, lifeguards are not on duty, so swimming is at your own risk.


Historical attractions

The Cape May Lighthouse is the most popular attraction in the area. It has been in use since the 1800s and continues to serve as a beacon of safety. A climb to the top will provide a fantastic vista of the area.

Families will adore Cape May Zoo, where admission is free. Animal lovers can enjoy viewing over 250 species among lush gardens and natural habitats, and this attraction is open all year-round. From wallabies to giraffes and amphibians, plus night walks with the zookeepers, this county attraction has a host of creatures for kids, big and small, to meet.


Cape May shopping

Quaint Cape May shops can be found at the Washington Street Mall. This is a three-block outdoor center a short walk from the beach. Enjoy artwork, beachwear, souvenirs and multiple eateries. Grab sweet treats with a bucket of popcorn from the Cape May Popcorn Factory, or some chocolate confections at the Original Fudge Kitchen.


Where to stay in Cape May

Cape May is famous for its ornate architecture. Colonial buildings, Edwardian opulence and modern hotels are all exhibited close to the beach. To appreciate the true heritage of the city, consider booking accommodations at one of the historic Cape May hotels. For example, Congress Hall was established a couple of centuries ago, with deluxe features like a warming fireplace and a sophisticated cocktail lounge. Rooms can be quite expensive depending upon the season, averaging around $239 per night. Budget travelers will appreciate the numerous motor lodges and smaller inns near many of the attractions. The Heritage Inn is family-friendly, within minutes from local beaches, with clean and comfortable rooms. Even in peak season, most rooms are reasonably priced and all visitors can enjoy a Historic District experience.


Cape May special events

Spring

When spring arrives, Cape May celebrates with a Tulip and Garden Festival. It is the first major event of the year, and sees the town come alive with vibrant colors as beautiful flowers bloom.

Autumn

Wine lovers can enjoy the Food and Wine Celebration in mid-September. Tour one of the many area vineyards where fields of grapes stretch into the distance, taste some of the best offerings and enjoy a demonstration from one of the local experts. Every October, Cape May hosts a 10-day Victorian celebration. Activities include Victorian dinners, fashion shows and plays.

Winter

To end the year, enjoy the Dickens Christmas Extravaganza and learn more about this literary master through readings, performances and lectures before rounding things off with a Dickensian-style feast, or try the Candlelight House tours. Music and carols ring out around the town as you explore churches and other historic buildings adorned with festive decorations.


Best times to visit

Although most visitors enjoy the beaches during the humid months of May through August, Cape May offers many events well beyond summer. October is one of the most beautiful times at the shore, when autumn light warms the landscape, beaches are tranquil, and the town is generally peaceful. Even though winter brings cold temperatures dipping into the 30s, snowfall is limited. Christmas is a busy season as the entire town steps back in time. Right out of the pages of a Dickens' novel, the entire area displays its Victorian splendor.

Recently booked Cape May hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Montreal Inn 14 days ago 3 stars $382

Recently Rated Cape May Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Congress Hall
4.0 / 5
45 reviews
4 stars $369
Virginia Hotel
4.0 / 5
9 reviews
3 stars $389
Montreal Inn
3.9 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $382
Beach Shack
4.0 / 5
28 reviews
3 stars $329

Featured Cape May Hotels

From $382

1 Montreal Inn

3 stars
3.9 / 5 19 reviews

1025 Beach Avenue

Imagine a getaway where the beach is your front yard and a quaint Victorian town your playground. Imagine having the best of both worlds the conveniences and luxuries you have come to expect and...

Lovely by the Sea
We love the Montreal Inn. We arrived late so didn't get to see the view until morning. We awoke to the glorious ocean. A lovely place with kind and helpful people. We can't wat to go back!
Apr 22, 2015
From $329

2 Beach Shack

3 stars
4.0 / 5 28 reviews

205 Beach Ave

Some might call the refurbished Beach Shack a Cape May "boutique motel." Owned by a hotel group with much ritzier properties, this seaside Cape May hotel has similar amenities with a bit of an edge...

Average Family Getawaw
The best thing I can say is that the location was good. Also, the beach service of chairs, umbrellas and towels was nice too. Other than that, the room was extremely musty and my husband and I are...
Sep 12, 2014

3 Carroll Villa Hotel at the Mad Batter Restaurant

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

19 Jackson Street

The Carroll Villa is a family owned and operated Bed and Breakfast Hotel and home of the Nationally acclaimed Mad Batter Restaurant and Bar. Our building is a national Historic Landmark circa 1882...

From $389

4 Virginia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 9 reviews

25 Jackson St

Virginia hotel

Anniversary Weekend
The Virginia Hotel is a must for a romantic getaway in lovely Cape May. A historic Victorian in the heart of the historic district. The restaurant experience there was outstanding. The only...
Apr 28, 2014
From $369

5 Congress Hall

4 stars
4.0 / 5 45 reviews

251 Beach Ave

The name Congress Hall is synonymous with Cape May. Built in 1816, the stately, cheerful yellow facade and tailored landscape wow passersby with charm and sophistication. Set in the Cape May...

Beautiful Place but....
This old and charming hotel is truly beautiful but it needs sound proofing very badly! The rooms are extremely noisy. We were placed in a room with a lovely view of the sea. The room was connected...
May 20, 2015