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Poverty Beach

Cape May, NJ
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Ranked #17 of 22 attractions in Cape May
Type: Beaches
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Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

Poverty beach is in fact a beautiful beach, and just slightly away from the hustle and bustle of other CM beaches. Though some people have said they cant figure out why it is called Poverty beach... It was in fact at one time in the 1950's and even the 1960's a local garbage dump. And the only beach that the... More

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Miami, Florida
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311 reviews 311 reviews
68 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

From Pittsburgh Avenue to Wilmington Avenue there are no parking meters, so beach parking is free. The beach entrance on Wilmington faces an extensive protected nesting area for the piping plover. The name of this beach, Poverty Beach, is said to have originated with the poorer classes who could use only this beach in times past. The distance of Poverty... More

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New Jersey
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134 reviews 134 reviews
79 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Thought for a minute I was in the Caribbean but no palm trees. The sand was clean and white. The water deep blue and the sky a gem. This end of season there is almost no one there. The parking is metered. There is no shade on the beach. You do have to share with the birds though. I am... More

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Ashburn, Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Happily, not as many people know about this area of beach in Cape May- it's at the north end of Beach Avenue where it turns the corner. Bathrooms and showers are right at the entrance, and it's a nice wide beach with beautiful views. Definitely our favorite!

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is a great beach with nice sand, easy access to the water and it's really clean. Not as crowded as some of the other beaches nearby.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We visited 4 beaches during our 3 day stay..and all of them were clean, sparking with whilte sand and crystal stones. It was early in the season, so we did not pay for the public beaches, and I would say that all of the 'free' beaches were as accomodating and fun to visit as the paid beaches were! Sunset beach... More

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New Paltz, NY
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I cannot understand why this beach is called Poverty Beach. It must have something to do with a history I don't know about. The houses near here are immense. I entered the beach at the very end of Beach Avenue, where Wilmington Avenue turns inland. I was there early in the morning on a windy day - I was alone... More

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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The sand is white, warm and ideal for any beach activity! Ideal weather to visit this beach will be from May onwards. Carry a jacket, if its windy, it might be cold!

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Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This is considered on of Cape May's most desired beaches. It is much more desolate and pristine than many of the other public beaches and very pretty!

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Poverty is one of the two natural beach areas. It has a 100 yd deep beach with a view of the Cape May Inlet in the distance. Great walking beach and good stripper fishing area.

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