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“Great Beach”

Cape May City Beaches
Ranked #2 of 60 things to do in Cape May
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Capy May beach is a great, clean and large beach for families!
Always have a good time, GREAT sunsets at the end of Beach Ave. Clena public Bathrooms!

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

If you want delicious food in a romantic setting, go to "Louisa's" -it's the best restaurant in all of Cape May!

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This was our first beach trip above the Mason Dixon line and loved it! However there were some things I wish I knew before arriving.

1. Bikes: You cannot bike on the boardwalk after 10 am therefore forced to ride on the streets. Traffic is very heavy especially on Beach Ave. We did not feel comfortable even as adults much less our children biking in traffic! We saw very small and unsteady children riding in traffic. You have to ride in between parked cars and moving cars.

2. Driving: If you drive anywhere you must not only look out for small bike riders everywhere but there is also very heavy pedestrian traffic. And everyone does not follow the streetlights! Cape May is very crowed. Much more than I was expecting!

3. Parking: Have a lot of change in your car for parking meters. There is no free parking here. You even have to pay to shop at the Acme grocery store! Street parking is very sparse during the day because people drive to the beach from inland. It gets a little better closer to dinnertime but be sure to allow time to hunt for one!

4. Grocery store: When we arrive for a week vacation we buy some things at the local grocery store. Do not shop at Acme on the island! It was a mad house on top of having to pay to park! The isles are very narrow with way too many people inside. Drive to the one on Bayshore just off the island. It is very large and free parking.

5. Adult Beverages: We had a hard time understanding how it all worked at first. A few restaurants have licenses to serve alcohol. Some are BYOB. Some no alcohol at all. Call before you arrive. There are stores that sell alcohol on the island. I liked Collier’s. They had a very nice wine selection.

6. Beach: You must pay to enter the beach and there are people checking for your tags. They are small plastic badges with safety pins. We ended up just showing them when we entered the beach then putting away in our bag. We rented an umbrella for $12 and brought our own chairs.
Bring your water shoes if you plan to spend time in the surf. The sand in the water is very rocky.

7. Where to stay: we stayed in a condo at S. Broadway and Beach Ave. We found this to be a good choice because it is away from the more congested area of the island. Less traffic and less people on the beach. The negative is you are farther away from the restaurants, mall, etc. So you have to bike on the street or drive if you don’t want to walk 3 miles for dinner or shopping.

8. Sun Set Flag Lowering ceremonies: There are two. One at Sun Set Beach and one at 2nd Ave and Beach Ave. If you have kids 12 and under, make sure they hang around the guys from the Kiwanis Club at 2nd Ave when they are setting up. They could be asked to help with folding the flag!

9. We walked to the lighthouse! From 2nd and Beach, it takes about 25 min to walk to the lighthouse. We left right after breakfast to get there when the lighthouse opened. We took advantage of the cooler AM temps and lighter crowds. It was a beautiful walk!! We climbed 199 steps and walked back. Take water!

10. Go to Tanir’s Shy Pelican to shop for ladies clothes. This place is jam packed with cute clothes. On one hand it could turn you off with how over packed the clothes racks are, but it’s also a treasure hunt! Everything is under $30. Worth a few minutes to gawk!

11. CASH/CREDIT CARDS!! Take a lot of cash! MANY places do not take credit cards or debit cards! Bike rental, restaruants, stores, etc.

12. No chain stores or restaurants on this island and only one drug store on the island - CVS. This is good and bad. It makes a nice atmosphere, but if you need an HDMI cable to watch movies on your XBOX you are going to drive a LONG way to get one. You take it for granted to just run around the corner to Wally World if you need something. Check your list twice!

13. Highly recommend taking the Cape May Lewes Ferry if coming from the south.

I will be rating many places around the island.

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Well, we went, or considered going to the beach here at Cape May, and although the area looked very nice and the part of the beach we did see from the sand behind the lady waiting to take our money looked well kept, the principle of paying money just to walk along a beach where the water still isn't Caribbean clear blew us away, literally. We thought she was just some one asking for change when she specified that in order to be allowed on the beach would cost each person $5.00 even if you had no intention of swimming. When we realized she was serious we decided to try another beach area where we did not have to pay to park AND again to see the water from on the beach!

1  Thank Redreb
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

the beaches in Cape May are the best of the New Jersey beaches. They are well maintained, still have the natural dunes that protect them and you can se dolphins from the shore. Only thing they need to be careful of is too many speed boats too close to the shores which disturb the natural wildlife that tourists and residents treasure.

Thank VBing2
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