Cape May is an urban seaside resort located on the Southern side of New Jersey, forming the Cape May Peninsula bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Cape May is blessed with long and warm summers, making it a highly sought-after summer vacation destination. It welcomes nearly 10 million visitors per year, most of which are drawn mainly by the beaches.
Cape May has earned a lot of praise from the Natural Resources Defense Council for having some of the cleanest and benign beaches in the entire country. There are lifeguards on patrol for most popular beach sites during the summertime, the surf is gentle and favorable even to the beginners, and the sand is powdery and soft to the touch.
Most beaches in New Jersey collect an entrance fee or payment for a beach badge, but this coinage is put to good use as the proud ranking of safety and cleanliness shows. Here are the top picks for beaches to visit.
Besides the beautiful and inviting scenery, this beach has a unique quality that makes it a romantic spot and the number one pick for couples. One most frequented landmark is the Kindred Spirit mailbox, a solitary mailbox that is frequently replenished with notebooks such that people who visit can leave heartfelt notes for others to find. When you come by, get to read some of the messages left behind, it invokes a soul searching and healing process that helps you feel connected to many other people worldwide.
This five-mile-long beach of white sand and sunny, summery goodness is a perfect spot for sunbathing and relaxing. This beach is free, and no payment is required for parking or beach badges. There is a boardwalk offering amusement rides for the whole family. This beach has excellent waves so that you can enjoy a dip in the ocean in between sunbathing sessions.
Cape May state park is open every day from 8 am to 4 pm. This park has 244 acres of fresh water and is on a direct route for migratory fowls, making it a perfect spot for bird watching. The beach is safe, with white sand, and great for enjoying walks by the shoreline, plus fishing. There is a lighthouse offering a view of the ocean for as far as the eye can see. Tickets for visiting the lighthouse are available. Other recreational activities are swimming, surfing, and picnicking. Some famous trails for hiking here are the red trail that is 5 miles long and wheelchair accessible, the yellow course is 1.5 miles long, and the 2-mile-long blue trail. Admittance to this beach is free.
Don’t let the name dupe you; this beach is not poor at all. On the contrary, it boasts a rich history. Poverty beach is much further from many of Cape May’s attractions and amusement making it blissfully quiet. The beach also has beautiful white sand and is very clean and, most importantly, absolutely free entrance and car parking.