The Jersey Shore
Cape May Area
The Cape May area is an island at the southernmost point of New Jersey, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay. The area includes the city of Cape May and the boroughs of West Cape May and Cape May Point. The island is a popular destination location renowned for its beaches, Victorian-Era houses, birding, shopping, restaurants and more.
The city of Cape May is a popular destination for history-buffs and beach-goers alike. The quaint Victorian-era buildings of the downtown area offer sight-seeing, shopping and fine dining restaurants. Only a few blocks away from the downtown area are the city’s renowned beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the sun via beach chair, rent a surfboard or enjoy an ocean swim. Rent a bike and tour the city on two wheels, hop in a horse and buggy, or take the trolley and learn about the city’s vibrant history. When the sun goes down, the city stays up with an active nightlife that offers everything from fine cocktails in romantic settings to live bands and dancing.
Cape May Point
Cape May Point, a secluded neighborhood on the Delaware Bay side of the island, is famed among avid birdwatchers, lighthouse climbers and shipwreck aficionados. See birds of all types and sizes rest in Cape May Point State Park before and after their migratory trek across the Delaware Bay. Climb the Cape May Lighthouse for a work out and stunning ocean views. Hunt for seashells and seaglass before watching the sun go down beyond the wreck of the SS Atlantus, still visible from Sunset Beach. The Point offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with scenic hikes, quiet bike rides and peaceful beaches.
West Cape May
West Cape May boasts a rural feel with quiet bay-side beaches, farm stands, and horse and alpaca pastures. Although only a short bike ride from the downtown area, the calm of West Cape May makes it a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Enjoy fine Italian food inside a beautifully renovated and repurposed church at Panico’s Bistro, or grab some sandwiches for the beach at Westside Market. Rent a bike and visit the alpacas at Bay Springs Farm, then head over for a hike on the nearby trails. Enjoy watching the sunset at Higbee Beach or see birds take a rest from their migratory treks.
Lower Township Area
The Lower Township Area stretches from Cape May Island, over to the southernmost part of the Wildwoods, and up to the outer limits of Rio Grande. This area offers a diverse range of vacation experiences, with access to quiet sunsets on secluded bayside beaches, to drinks, live music and festivals at the Cape May-Lewes ferry terminal.
North Cape May
Skip the crowds and visit North Cape May, which offers quiet bayside beaches with incredible sunsets and a family-friendly suburban feel. During specified hours, North Cape May beaches entertain a mix of surfside fishermen, dogs and families. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal is located in North Cape May, and hosts live music, drinks, and festivals throughout the year. The ferry offers front row seats on its Fourth of July fireworks cruise and a taste of both New Jersey and Delaware’s craft breweries at the annual Brews By the Bay brewfest. Harpoons on the Bay also offers drinks, seafood, and sunset views, all within the quiet neighborhoods of North Cape May.
Townbank is another family-friendly suburban area north of the Cape May canal. It offers family-favorite activities like the annual Whale of a Day festival, which brings food trucks, vendors, and children’s games and fun every summer. Townbank also boasts access to the quiet beaches on the Delaware Bay.
Cape May Beach
Cape May Beach is a quiet area nestled between North Cape May and Townbank. It runs along a secluded section of the Delaware Bay, perfect for dogs and surfside fishermen.
The Villas is the furthest north area of Lower Township, along the Delaware Bay. The area offers hidden beaches and beautiful sunsets at a fraction of the cost of the nearby areas. It also borders Cape May Airport, which includes an aircraft museum, the popular Cape May Brewing Company and a neighboring Taco Shop.
Wildwoods and Diamond Beach Areas
The Wildwoods and Diamond Beach Areas offer a variety of activities, from paddle-boarding into the sunset to racing down a waterslide. This lively barrier island hosts a variety of activities, from the Irish festival of North Wildwood to the annual volleyball tournament at Diamond Beach. The Wildwoods’ biggest draw is, of course, its boardwalk, which hosts classic games alongside rollercoasters and waterslides.
Diamond Beach is a small area with a fun nightlife and beautiful sights. The Diamond Beach Club is a lively bar on the sand with live music and great food and drinks. The club offers amusing summertime competitions, like the annual beach volleyball tournament, and events almost every weekend in season. Visitors hoping for a quieter drink among locals will enjoy a stop in the Crest Tavern.
North Wildwood/ Anglesea
North Wildwood/ Anglesea offers the same white sandy beaches as its more bustling southern neighbor, but with a more quiet, family-oriented feel. This area hosts a few festivals during the year, but the annual Irish festival is not to be missed. It includes vendors, drinks, and culture and is a favorite among locals.
West Wildwood, aptly named, is on the western side of the Wildwoods and surrounded by protected waters, giving Wildwood its title as a barrier island. This island includes marinas that offer great fishing and marshlands prime for exploring by kayak or stand-up paddle board.
Wildwood is a bustling beachside area that offers nightclubs, restaurants, and the famous Wildwood boardwalk and amusement park. Have a classic New Jersey summer vacation with a day at the waterpark and a night on the boards. Watch the ocean while floating down the lazy river or test your bravery on a waterslide at either Raging Waters Water Park or Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club on Morey’s Piers. Roller coasters, carnival rides and games, and the piers’ giant ferris wheel make for a classic summer evening. End the night with dinner, shopping, or dancing at one of the many local restaurants, stores, or nightclubs. Wildwood’s white sandy beaches host a variety of summer fun, from concerts to camps.
Wildwood Crest is a strip of land between Sunset Lake and the Atlantic Ocean. The Crest has a more suburban feel, but with equal access to beaches and activities as the rest of the Wildwoods. Centennial Park on the beachfront offers frequent concerts in season, while nearby Beach Pier hosts frequent and diverse fitness classes. Sunset Lake includes a large watersport rental service, Lakeview Docks, that provides waverunners, kayaks, paddleboards, and fishing equipment. Wildwood Crest is also only a few blocks from the busier parts of downtown Wildwood and the boardwalk.