Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach
4.5
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
About
Nestled on the Cape May Peninsula, this underrated beach is famous for its spectacular sunsets. Beachcombers love sieving through the sand to seek out Cape May “diamonds”—tiny pieces of quartz crystals that wash up on the shore. You'll also see the World War I SS Atlantus ship that ran aground almost a hundred years ago. Plus, there are 2 gift shops and a beautiful mini golf course.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • MattMom15
    Gloversville, New York32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset Beach
    Absolutely beautiful views of the sun and ocean! There is a ceremony at night where the flag hanging from the day is given to a veteran’s family that is quite moving. It can be quite crowded at times. One of our favorite things to do when on vacation in Cape May.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Lyn B
    Pequannock, New Jersey152 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    Our family really enjoyed our visit to Sunset Beach. Gift shop is fun to peruse and the kids searched for Cape May diamonds and played tag with the waves. The line was long at the cafe so we didn't get dinner. Too bad because there was an available picnic table right on the beach. We stayed for the veteran flag lowering (very moving, family of the deceased veteran lowered and folded the flag) but left just before sunset. By then people who were coming to view the sunset had to park along the road. Get there early to snag a spot in the parking lot.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Michelle C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Spot!!
    Beautiful spot!! Have to go early to get a good spot on the beach and in the parking lot. There is a place to eat with good quick food and a nice shop. Bring your beach chair and watch a beautiful sunset. Will be headed back again!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 22, 2024
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P F B
Edison, NJ1,639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This has always been a great scenic beach to visit. Whether it's to catch a sunset or relaxing on the beach, it's always peaceful. And now it is a great place to visit to view the pelicans, as well as cormorants hanging out on the remains of the concrete ship. The drive down to see them did not disappoint, not only were they on the ship, but a flock of about 10-15 flew in while there. Made the trip worth it!
Written August 25, 2022
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Angela D
Annapolis, MD68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We love Sunset Beach! It's a small beach where people gather every evening to watch the sunset. If you're hungry, eat at the nearby restaurant before sunset. Shop in the store while waiting. A little bit for everyone. Mostly, though, it's peaceful.
Written June 14, 2021
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA7,346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
Its a gorgeous place to visit after the city beaches. There are pebbles all over the beach with the famous Cape may diamond. You can see the wreck of SS Atlantus. We were grateful to be there for honoring of a veteran and singing of the national anthem. There is beach shack for icecream and basic food. The gift shop across the street is lot of fun to stroll through. The sunset is amazing with the skies lit up.
Written September 5, 2021
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bbbob84
Staten Island, NY1,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Sunset Beach at the end of Sunset Boulevard offers beautiful views, a nice beach and a glimpse of whatever is left of the Concrete Ship Atlantus. Photo ops abound. The souvenir shops offer local mementos, as well as, snacks and drinks if you need them. Ample parking available.
Written August 12, 2020
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Lyn B
Pequannock, NJ152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Our family really enjoyed our visit to Sunset Beach. Gift shop is fun to peruse and the kids searched for Cape May diamonds and played tag with the waves. The line was long at the cafe so we didn't get dinner. Too bad because there was an available picnic table right on the beach. We stayed for the veteran flag lowering (very moving, family of the deceased veteran lowered and folded the flag) but left just before sunset. By then people who were coming to view the sunset had to park along the road. Get there early to snag a spot in the parking lot.
Written August 31, 2023
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Colleen C
Troy, NY2,471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Always hated history when I was a kid ~ now as an adult I found new weird never heard of things SOOOO interesting. I have never heard of a fleet of 12 Concrete ships let a lone 1 concrete ship. So when my grandmother (93 years young) told me that was the most interesting thing to see in Cape May I was concerned she was losing it ~ she showed me pictures when it had recently ran aground in the 30's. She also remembered an insurance sign on the side of the ship.
Most of the ship is below the water line and in not recognizable but amazing none the less to see.
Free parking available, amazing and clean beach (half pebbles and half sand 'weird'), mini golf, store and restaurant all right at parking lot.
Written January 26, 2020
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Richard G
Cape May County, NJ32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Sunset Beach at Cape May point is probably one of the best places to spend the day! Their gift shops are filled with lots of goodies, even Wine and great presents like Cape May diamond jewelry! Mini Golf is a lot of fun there as well! No tags for the beach and plenty of parking. They have a Flag Ceremony during the summer for deceased Vets, very moving. Also Voted one of the top places to visit in the Us of A! #24 out of 25.
Written January 9, 2023
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Princess279
East Brunswick, NJ1,090 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
I read about the "Cape May diamonds" and was curious to see if I'd find some on the Sunset beach. We have! Some of the post say you can also search for them on the Higbee beach, but we found that t be unlikely. The "sand" on this beach is pretty much just pieces of quartz in variety of colors and sizes. We found plenty of the "diamonds" and had couple of hours of fun playing with the beach pebbles. Going back tomorrow to see what else I can find with the help of a 9y.o. detective.
Written April 9, 2021
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SuperAdventure
Williamsburg, VA109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Love this beach! We had a great time here. Free parking and easy access to the beach. We had fun searching for Cape May Diamonds while relaxing on the beach and waiting for the sunset. The sunken ship off adds an extra cool element to the beach. The shops and grille are nice as well. Great place to stop and watch the sunset.
Written June 18, 2020
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Hillarie C
Pennsylvania608 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
It's not a trip to Wildwood unless we go to Sunset Beach AKa Diamond Beach. You love to Walk down to the beach and get some rocks as well as we love to go in the gift shop. Can also see a sunken ship in the ocean. Definitely would recommend a visit if in the area
Written January 1, 2020
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