Cape May

The Nation's Oldest Seaside Resort

Lifeboat on the beach in Cape May, NJIn Cape May the charms of yesteryear blend seamlessly with the attractions of a modern destination.  Since the early 19th century when a Philadelphia newspaper headlined "Sea Shore Entertainment at Cape May"  and local innkeeper Ellis Hughes proclaimed "It is the most delightful spot the citizens can retire to in the hot season", Cape May has delighted visitors.

Today the modern visitor can expect all of the lodging amenities, services, entertainment and dining choices they look for in a contemporary vacation resort.  Cape May offers a wide range of first rate hotels and vacation rental properties with all the comforts of home.



Of course, what would a visit to the oldest seaside resort be without a little relaxing  beach time. Cape May's beaches sparkle with white powdery sand and soothing sea breezes that push in gentle ocean waves.  Now you can take advantage of beach concierges that offer chairs, shade cabanas and gear like stand up paddle boards. The summer season is the time to get out on the water and there are many ways to do it. So visit East Coast Parasail and Jetski for parasailing adventures and jetski fun.  A relaxing approach to water fun includes Whale & Dolphin Watching cruises and Sunset Dinner Cruises aboard fully quipped cruise boats ready to sail. Fishing excursions from the boats of Cape May Harbor run trips nearly year round for recreational anglers and nature tours from The Nature Center of Cape May offer waterway kayaking and land tours on a regular schedule.


Famous for its restaurants, Cape May's eateries will satisfy the culinary desires of every taste.  Because it is one of the largest fresh seafood ports on the east coast, people come from all over to sample the fantastic "catch of the day" specials masterfully created by the local chefs.  Adding to the variety of seafood delicacies are restaurants offering Italian specialties, home cooked comfort foods served in open-air and indoor atmospheres. Visit the Food & Wine Celebration September 16-24 to sample the best Cape May has to offer.


Cape May is alive year round with award winning special events like the Spring Music Festival May 28 - June 15, the Fall Victorian Weekend October 6 - 9 and Christmas in Cape May when the town sparkles throughout holiday season. 



The holiday season is magical with decorated house tours, unique shopping and events that will put you in the spirit of the season. Get away in the winter months with a romantic escape to Cape May's historic bed & breakfast inns where friendly hospitality and cozy surroundings will warm you up.  Historic hotel style accommodations await your winter getaway at places like the iconic landmark Congress Hall hotel. Cultural activities, historical tours plus food and wine events continue throughout the winter months produced by organizations like the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts.



Meters/Kiosks May 1st- Oct. 31st from 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. 
Free Parking available at the Cape May Elementary School during the Summer

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