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Owning and Marketing a Rental in Cape May

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - January 4, 2019

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A Guide to Owning and Marketing a Vacation Rental in Cape May

Get to Know the Area

In order to market your home in Cape May, homeowners definitely need to familiarize themselves with the area.

First things first, it’s important to understand just how much the cities and state invest in this area. Cape May generates a lot of revenue and the revenue is being used to update much of Cape Mays business district. Tax dollars are being spent in the business district and this is important to any owner of rental property in Cape May. The better the historic business district looks the more likely travelers will make Cape May a destination.

While its true that the Jersey Shore is seasonal in many ways, Cape May is different. Cape May is now a year-round destination. Things slow down in January and February but pick right up with the first blooms of spring. This makes Cape May an excellent investment for vacation rental owners.

What rents in Cape May, West and North Cape May?

Cape May has several different types of rentals:

House rentals: There is a huge demand for Cape May House rentals. Many families come back year after year to the same house rental. House rentals often offer a more affordable way for large families to vacation together.

Condo rentals: Cape May condo rentals are located throughout Cape May. Many condos are located in some of the most historic buildings converted for condo use.

Cottage rentals: Cape May is know for some of the most charming classic seaside cottages on the coast.

Pet friendly rentals: Travelers today want to bring their pets on vacation. Cape May has some wonderful pet friendly rentals with large yards for your dogs

Rentals with a pool: Yes we even have pools!

What location to buy in Cape May?

There are many beautiful places to own a rental in Cape May. If you’re looking to rent as much as possible, the beachfront properties will always be in high demand especially close to the historic district. The Washington Street Mall is the central business district in Cape May. Many rentals are near the mall. Many travelers prefer the convenience of being near the mall area. Rentals in this area tend to charge more than further out. The general rule in any coastal location is that the closer to water the higher the rent. This also holds true in Cape May. However some of the most expensive rental properties are the large homes located throughout Cape May. Many have recently been converted from B&Bs to whole house rentals.

How do I rent my property?

Many owners either list with a realtor or rent on their own. There are many realtors in town that offer vacation rentals. For owners who choose to save money and have more control over screening occupants, the rent by owner option is best.

The best way to market a Cape May rental is to list your rental locally on Cape May Vacation Rentals offers owners the ability to list their rental and deal directly with travelers who inquire about their rental. Other options are national listing sites like VRBO and Homeaway. However these sites charge travelers service fees.

Rental Taxes

New Jersey has now passed a law that requires owners of Cape May rentals to collect tax. Owners will now be charging a tax of up to 13.625% on top of their base rental rate. For more details please visit the New Jersey Division of Taxation.

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Cape May House Rentals

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - December 29, 2018

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Cape May House Rentals

There are many different options for choosing the right Cape May rental for your vacation. One favorite for travelers is the whole house rental.

In Cape May there are many different house rentals to choose from. offers some of the finest house rentals available in Cape May. Whole house rentals are located throughout Cape May. Many homes are very large and can comfortably accommodate 20 or more guests. Guests can find that house rentals are a more affordable alternative for large families. They can share cost by paying for one or more bedrooms.

Below is a list of some of our premier Cape May House Rentals:

Queen Street Cottage

Neptunes Lair

Cove Haven

Cape May Point Cottage

Katies Cape May Sun Cottage

The Breakers

If you are looking for a Cape May house rental check out all of our house rentals at

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Cape May MAC Trolley Tours 2019

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - December 6, 2018

 Cape May MAC Trolley Tours 2019

Looking for a great way to see Cape May. Take one of MAC’s cheery red trolleys and take a guided tour the easy and comfortable way. Knowledgeable guides will tell you everything you want to know about America’s first seaside resort. Victorian heritage is on display with our seashore and maritime history and more. Trolley tours are perfect for every age, too, with a variety of tours especially geared to the younger set, and themed tours for holidays and special events.


Get acquainted with Cape May on a trolley tour.  Knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort. Tours begin and end at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.


Take a guided trolley tour of Cape May’s Historic District.  Then take a guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the Emlen Physick Estate. The estate is located at 1048 Washington Street. Combination Trolley/Physick Estate Tours last about 2 hours. Admission includes the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate.


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Find the Perfect Cape May Vacation Rental

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - June 23, 2018

1. Determine your dates for travel

The more flexible you are with your travel dates the better the opportunity to save money. Rates are often based on time of year. Summer rates are always higher in Cape May compared to fall rates. Weekday rates during the offseason tend to be much lower than weekend rates. Check out all rates on

2. Make a list

Make a list of all of the potential Cape May vacation rentals on you have found along with the rate. Its much easier and less time consuming to go back to your list for reference.

3. Inspect photos

Photos and reviews of Cape May vacation rentals are often all you will have to determine if the property is right for you. Look for well photographed rentals. Look for details in the photos. Size of rooms, furniture, cleanliness and more.

4. Speak with the owner

Take the time to call an owner. Often you will get much more information about the rental with a phone call. My comfort level goes way up when I can speak with an owner.

5. Research the rental elsewhere

Find out if the owner has a personal website for the rental. offers owners the ability to link their ad to a personal website. Avoid fees by booking directly with an owner.

6. Ask for pricing

Contact the owner to confirm pricing on . Get quotes from all properties you are considering renting.

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Cape May 7th Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival at Emlen Physick Estate

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - June 22, 2018

Mark your calendar for our 7th annual event and come to the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate for an all-day festival featuring local and regional craft beers to wash down favorite summer foods … steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs, as well as food from regional vendors.

  • All-day music on outdoor stage
  • An old-fashioned Victorian circus with jugglers and acrobats from the Give & Take Jugglers 
  • Crafts and collectibles show
  • Craft beers and other spirits

MUSIC BEGINS AT 11am with Calamity Janes

Entertainment: Mackie the Stilt Walker and the Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus



  • Empanada Mama
  • Gaiss’ Market
  • Crespella
  • Matt’s BBQ
  • Executive Catering


  • Cape May Brewery
  • 7 Mile Brewery
  • Ludlam Island Brewery
  • Slack Tide Brewery
  • Bucket Brigade Brewery
  • Cape May Distillery
  • Tito’s Vodka

There will be a charge for food, beverages, and some activities. Commemorative T-shirts will be available

Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), this fun summer event will benefit MAC’s free educational outreach programs.

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Cape May 2018 Spring Celebration

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - January 15, 2018

cape may spring at Cape May Holly SuiteAPRIL 27-MAY 20, 2018

Order tickets online at or call 609-884-5404

 Ready to put the long, cold winter behind you? Come and celebrate the arrival of Spring in Cape May. Stroll the historic streets and enjoy the gorgeous blooms and the warm sunshine. We have lots for you to enjoy as you celebrate Spring!

Delight in Victorian Cape May during three and a half weeks of tours and activities that celebrate the arrival of Spring!

Designer House Tour Saturday, May 19: 11am-4pm It’s a design lover’s dream! Visitors can step across the thresholds of professionally designed, grand private homes in Cape May that are open to the public exclusively for this occasion. $25. Be inspired by a variety of beautiful décor ideas. Visitors receive a booklet with descriptions of the houses and a map. Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Sunday, April 29: 8pm-10pm Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 steps to the starry top of the Cape May Lighthouse. $12 for adults, $8 for children (ages 3-12). Chocolate Tasting Tour Saturday, May 5: 1pm-3pm See the interiors of select Cape May properties on this self-guided tour and enjoy a mouth-watering chocolate treat. This tour celebrates the variety of ways that chocolate desserts are delicious and that Cape May properties are beautiful. $20 adults, $15 children (ages 3-12). Sip Into Spring Festival Saturday, May 12: 10am-4pm New in 2018! Enjoy the lovely grounds of the Physick Estate transformed by vendors and crafters into an outdoor marketplace. Celebrate the season of rebirth and new growth! Be inspired by gardening and nature activities and demonstrations, and enjoy music, crafts & collectibles, festival food, wine, beer, Bloody Marys and mimosas. Jazz Brunch at the Estate for Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13: 10am Celebrate Mother’s Day under the tent at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom with brunch and enjoy live jazz from The Great American Songbook with Mary Lou Newnam, saxophone, and Sonny Troy, guitar. Advance reservations recommended. $30. Armed Forces Day Saturday, May 19: 11am This annual ceremony honors the dedicated military men and women who help preserve our freedom. The fully restored World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) is the perfect setting to pay them tribute. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the World War II Lookout Tower.

Murder Mystery Dinners Saturdays, April 28 & May 5, 12 & 19: 7pm The scene and the table are both set for a new mystery that will stimulate your imagination and satisfy your craving for a good whodunit. Enjoy a four-course dinner at Aleathea’s Restaurant, the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street as you interact with the cast of likely suspects and the mystery unfolds around you. $50 Cape May Wine Trail Saturdays, April 28 & May 5: 11am-5pm Spend an afternoon visiting Cape May County’s wineries and sampling the unique flavors of each. Travel via MAC’s red trolley to Willow Creek Winery where you’ll enjoy tastings, then enjoy a delicious lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom at the Physick Estate. You’ll then travel to Natali Vineyards for tastings there. Admission includes wine tastings, trolley transportation and lunch. $75 Chocolate Lover’s Feast Saturdays, April 28 & May 19: 1pm It’s a bountiful feast for chocolate lovers! Enjoy seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it at The Blue Rose Inn, 653 Washington St. $40. Brunch, Bingo & Lace Sunday, April 29 & Saturday, May 19: 9:30am Grab your best girlfriends and have fun as you play a little bingo, enjoy a fashion show by Lace Silhouettes/Cotton Company and win some great prizes at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., all during a delicious brunch. $25 Show Us Your Undies Fashion Show & Brunch Sunday, May 6: 10am You’ll see how undergarments shaped the fashionable Victorian lady and what proper gentlemen of the era had to cope with when dressing for the day, all on live models in this fashion show from Grand Oak Plantation that includes brunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom. $25

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Cape May Restaurant Week 2018

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - December 26, 2017

A favorite among many visitors is the Cape May Restaurant Week this year 2018

Visit Cape May Restaurant Week for an eight-day event form participating restaurants that offers your choice of an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $35 per person

Simply visit any participating restaurant during the event (see days/hours on individual restaurant listings) and you’ll be presented with their fixed-price menu in addition to their regular menu. Reservations are suggested where available.

For full event information, visit

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Other Dates For This Event:

  • Sunday, June 03, 2018
  • Monday, June 04, 2018
  • Tuesday, June 05, 2018
  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018
  • Thursday, June 07, 2018
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Cape May Point State Park

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - December 14, 2017

Cape May Point State Park

Lighthouse & Yale Aves
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
Cape May Point with the Cape May Lighthouse is a major attraction for many visitors to the Cape May area. The parks landscape of marshes and tidal pools is the perfect area for major birrd migrations. Cape May Point State Park is a day-use park, open from dawn to dusk. Many trails lead visitors to various pond,  dunes, marsh and forest habitats of the park where wildlife can be viewed from observation platforms. The Cape May Point area is home to many beautiful Cape may cottages built in the early part of the last century. Many of the homes have spectacular views of the ocean and tidal marshes. One of the major attractions for this area are the amazing sunsets. Sunset Beach is located at the point and is amajor tourist attraction. Each night visitors and locals gather for natures most beautiful spectacle. The sun slowly sets directly in front of its viewers. A true sight to behold.
The natural area is significant along the East Coast for its resident and migratory birds and includes habitat suitable for northern and southern species of fauna and flora. The 157-foot-high lighthouse is still an aid to navigation. Visitors who climb the 199 steps to the top of the lighthouse are rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of the scenic Cape May peninsula. Also within the park is the World War II Fire Control Tower Fire Control Tower 23. It’s New Jersey’s last remaining World War II tower, which was part of the immense Delaware Bay harbor defense system known as Fort Miles. Admission fee.
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Cape May Information

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - November 24, 2017


Cape May Chamber of Commerce

609 Lafayette Street
Cape May, NJ 08204

Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts/Victorian Cape May
1048 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
Restaurants, activities, events, photographs & articles

Beach Tags:

Tags are required from Memorial Day Weekend through Mid- September. Discounts are available if purchased before May 1st. $15/Season
$25/ Season
$13/ Week
$9/ 3 Day pass
$4/ Day


Atlantic City International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport


Aart’s Taxi

Bus Information:

New Jersey Transit

Wildwood Boardwalk:

The Wildwoods
Visit the website

Morey’s Piers Amusement Park
(609) 522-3900

Vacation Rentals

Cape May Vacation Rentals

32 Jackson Street

Cape May, New Jersey 08204


Car Rentals:

AAA Mid-Atlantic, CMCH: 609.465.3033
Ace Sharper, CM: 609.889.7722
Cape May Riggings, CM: 609.884.4777
Just Four Wheels, WW: 609.522.0049
Enterprise, SH: 800.736.8222

Casino Shuttle:

Lions Tours, WW: 609.522.3734
Victorian Cape Limousine, CM: 609.886.0111


Our Lady Star of The Sea
Roman Catholic on the Mall

Cape Island Baptist:



Cape May-Lewes Ferry:

Cape May-Lewes DE Ferry 
70 Minutes

US Coast Guard:



Cape Regional Medical Center
Cape May Court House
(Exit 11 off the Parkway)
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CVS Pharmacy
West Cape May: 609.884.3313
Cape May Court House (Exit 10 off the Parkway): 609.465.9010

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Tips for Renting Your Wildwood or Cape May Rental

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - July 28, 2017

If you own a vacation rental in the Wildwood or Cape May area and are on the lookout for more renters there are several things an owner can do to help increase rental income.

Build a Website for your Rental

One of the most important items on any vacation rental owners checklist must be a website. Any owner who wants to effectively market their rental will need a fully bookable website. Renters who visit your website are more likely to book if your rental can be reserved online. A static website provides basic information about your rental with contact information whereas a bookable site can capture rentals with the ease of being able to book online immediately. Owners often have only one chance to impress a potential renter and close the sale (rent your property) and that is when a renter is on your website. One company that offers pre-built websites and an online booking solution for owners is

Keep your availability calendar updated

Renters who find your website or listing will immedialty go to your calendar to look for availability. Owners are more likely to get an inquiry or booking if they have up to date info on availability. Today’s shopper is often pressed for time and wants correct information. If they cant find it they move on.

Use High Quality Images

Whatever means you use to market your vacation rental owners need to display high resolution photos of their rental. The better the photos the more likely a potential renter will take the time to look at the details of your property. Photos should highlight the most important features of your rental like ocean views, porches, roof decks, large living areas, game rooms, bedrooms and more. Your photos are the most important part of your listing. Put up bad photos and a renter will move on to the next listing. Use proper lighting when taking the photos.  Stage your photos. A simple staging technique is to use wine glasses and put fresh flowers on tables. Let your guests picture how they will enjoy your vacation rental.

Market your Rental

All owners who rent need to get the word out about their vacation rental. There are many ways to market a vacation rental. Some owners choose big listing sites like or Recently these sites have undergone major changes in the way owners can list their rentals. Gone is the traditional way of listing a rental that would show owner contact information. Contact information is now blocked. Now owners can no longer communicate directly with renters until a property is booked using the “Instant Book ” feature.  It now appears the big listing sites are moving towards a business model similar to Hotels. In addition, service fees are now charged to guests that book a rental. This added cost has renters looking elsewhere to avoid the service fee which can be hundreds of dollars for a weekly rental.

Local vacation rental listing sites are now offering an alternative to the big listing sites. It turns out local listing sites have an inherent advantage when it comes to search engines. Local listing sites do not have to pay to place on Major search engines. Local listing sites are recognized as being “relevant” to search engines due to the location. Google, Bing and Yahoo reward local listing sites with search prominence over big listing sites due to to this “relevancy” in the local market. The big listing sites must pay to be found in local markets. Look at any result for a vacation rental search and you will see paid results at the top. Below the paid results are the organic or free results. These are the local relevant sites. Many searchers avoid the paid links and look locally for a rental. is a local listing service offering traditional listings without service fees. also allows open communication between renter and owner. Another very important feature about local listing sites. Many will allow owners to put a link to their rentals website. The big listing sites do not.

These are just a few tips to help vacation rental owners in Wildwood and Cape May area effectively market their rentals. Happy Renting!


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