Cape May has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Cape May has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. From Higbee Beach to Poverty Beach, it is a beach lover’s paradise. Fishing, both surf and deep sea, is a popular pastime. Excursion boats offer the option of half day or full day fishing. Lighthouse cruises, dinner cruises and sunset cruises are also offered. Cape May is known for its spectacular sunsets especially when viewed from The Cove, Sunset Beach or Beach Drive along the Delaware Bay.
In 2013 Trip Advisor named Cape May Beaches as the 9th best in the world, 2nd in the nation. Travel Channel rated Cape May the7th best beach being the crown jewel of the region with gorgeous beaches and a quaint town center filled with gingerbread Victorian houses. Cape May ranked the 5th best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.
Poverty beach is another of Cape May’s beautiful beaches and just slightly away (the furthest from Cape May proper) from the hustle and bustle of other Cape May beaches. Part of the reason it is named Poverty Beach is… It was in fact at one time in the 1950’s and even the 1960’s a local garbage dump. It was also the only beach that the servants and the poorer people of Cape May were allowed to use. Now, of course, it is a beautiful area and home to many fancy mansions.
Poverty Beach has showers and restrooms located at several of the beach entrances. It is usually a quiet area with plenty of non metered parking.
Cape May Beach Patrol
Since 1911, The Cape May Beach Patrol has served the beaches of Cape May. Though much has changed over the past number of years, the principles and goals of the organization have not — keeping you safe!
Higbee Wildlife Management Area
Higbee Beach is a wonderful wildlife management area owned by the state. However there are no lifeguards or bathrooms, but it is a great place to get away from all the crowds.
Sunset Beach is a beach located near Cape May Point, in Lower Township along the Delaware Bay and is a 5 minute drive or 15 minute bike ride from Cape May. It is known for its flag raising-lowering ceremony which takes place every morning and evening from May – September. All the flags flown in the ceremony are flags from the caskets of veterans. The ceremony has been taking place since 1972. Sunset Beach is also know for its “Cape May Diamonds”.