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Address: Cape May, NJ

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Not as crowded, with free parking

Poverty beach is located on the east end of Cape May. The beach here is less crowded because it's away from most of the hotels. You can also always find easy and free parking. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2012
Caitlin Y
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Memphis, Tennessee
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Memphis, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Poverty beach is located on the east end of Cape May. The beach here is less crowded because it's away from most of the hotels. You can also always find easy and free parking. It can be rough, though, and there are a lot of shells. It's not good for boogie boarding because there's usually a steep drop off point... More 

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Philadelphia, Pa.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

My son and I are surfers, and Poverty Beach, located on the north end of Cape May is a great spot for all of the above. One days when the wind is out of the Northeast, most places along the New Jersey shore are not good for surfing, as this wind typically brings with it choppy surfing conditions. No so... More 

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Get there before the beach tags are needed and enjoy the sight of dolphins dancing on the waves as they catch their morning breakfast.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Visited Poverty Beach with 3 teenagers and a 2 yr old child. Not a great beach for little ones. Surf is rough with bits of shell and rough sand. The beach is very secluded with not many swimmers and only one life guard on duty. Located at the end of Beach Ave. Very pretty but not good for boogie boarding... More 

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Bergen County, NJ
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Great stores and eateries nearby. Beach was nice and peaceful but the shoreline had lots and lots of rocks/pebbles...hard to gain footing, especially with the nasty rip-tide that day

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Alexandria, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012 via mobile

The beach was very close to where we were staying and we liked that it was not too crowded. A great place to relax and listen to the roar of the ocean. We found the waves to be very rough. Both of our kids had a couple of scary moments, even the adults took a little beating in the surf.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

I loved Poverty Beach! Located at the end of Beach Ave away from all the hustle n bustle of Cape May proper, technically named Beach 1 per a local this Beach was quaint and laid back! We were able to talk to locals, a New Jersey rarity in itself, and enjoy the sun with little interuption. Would recommend to familes... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

The beach sand had a lot of rock and shells mixed in, but nothing to really complain about. Never seen or heard of this before, but the town has personnel selling "beach tags" that you MUST purchase to use the beach....kind of ridiculous considering you are spending money at their hotels, stores and restaurants and paying the sales tax that... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Cape May takes good care of her beaches. I love the ocean and enjoyed visiting the beach here.

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Burlington City
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I had read up about Poverty beach, and thought it would be interesting to see. Well its not marked, from the Cape May history you can find the beach at the Northern end, where all the estates are now built. But there was nothing there to tell you where you were at, so read about it and then drive by,... More 

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