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Address: Cape May, NJ

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Don't let the name fool you.

This beach is located in one of the most upscale sections of Cape May. Needless to say the views of the ocean are great but the view of the neighboring houses is just as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2014
Frances D
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Cape May, New Jersey
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Cape May, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This beach is located in one of the most upscale sections of Cape May. Needless to say the views of the ocean are great but the view of the neighboring houses is just as spectacular. No parking meters, usually with ample on- street parking make this a treat.

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Baltimore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is a very nice beach, very wide so plenty of space for everyone! We were there after Labor Day so it wasn't crowded at all.

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Arlington, MA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We didn't stay long, just walked up to take a look, but it is a beautify and quite stretch - the place to go to avoide some of the big crowds.

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Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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370 reviews 370 reviews
86 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
86 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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NYC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Dayton
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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