"A week by the sea" Top 5 Page for this destination Cape May by toonsarah
Cape May Travel Guide: 291 reviews and 535 photos
But while researching likely spots in which we might unwind after a week in New York I discovered Cape May – a very different sort of New Jersey resort. OK it has a boardwalk (so-called, though it’s actually a paved promenade) and some typical seaside attractions such as crazy golf and amusement arcades. But these are low key and relatively unobtrusive, or at least they certainly were when we visited in late September. The real attractions of Cape May are the large number of beautiful Victorian cottages that grace its centre and the beautiful natural resources on its doorstep.
The entire city of Cape May has been declared a National Historic Landmark, and as you walk its peaceful streets you can easily see why. Lined with hundreds of these beautiful “Painted Ladies” they create a real sense of having stepped back in time, especially when you hear the leisurely clip-clop of a passing horse and carriage or see the lantern of an evening walking tour guide ahead of you.
Every house is different, and they are a photographer’s delight, as well as providing visitors with a wonderful range of individual apartments and bed and breakfasts. And as well as the houses themselves there are many other traces of Victorian Cape May, such as hitching posts for horses and mail-boxes.
Alongside all this history, there is natural beauty too. We went on a fantastic whale watching trip, and the town’s location at the tip of the state, guarding the entrance to Delaware Bay, and its natural resources, make it a haven for migrating birds, especially hawks and sea birds, and even if you’re not an enthusiast or an expert you’ll probably, like us, enjoy seeing and learning about the various species. And it’s not just migrating birds who pass through the area – Cape May is on the route of the Monarch butterflies’ annual migration too.
There is also a beautiful (and award-winning) beach in the centre of town and many other lovely ones in the immediate area. Our favourite for walks was Higbee, but you’re bound to find your own special one. The nearby State Park has a lighthouse you can climb, as well as a beach and bird-watching decks.
But I think what we liked best about Cape May was the relaxing pace of life, the feeling of being “at home”, and the friendly welcome we received.
- Pros: beautiful architecture, lovely beaches and a laid-back vibe
- Cons: less to do than some other seaside towns – don’t come here for bright lights and action
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