Cape May, the Queen of the Seaside Resorts, distinguishes herself in many ways. We have the pristine beaches, promenade, and all the amenities that make any seashore town lovely, but we also have a rich history and an architectural diversity equal to none.
In fact, in 1976 the entire city of Cape May was declared a National Historic Landmark. Possessing one of the country's largest collections of 19th century framed buildings, Cape May is New Jersey's jewel in the crown.
But it's not all about the history; we live on an island which three municipalities share - Cape May, Cape May Point and West Cape May. You can leave you car in the driveway or parking lot and walk or ride your bike anywhere and still have easy access to the grocery store, the beaches, or any of the restaurants.
We're a small town and proud of it, and we hope you come away thinking this is "your" town.
Fine wines, outstanding restaurants, classic jazz festivals and special events year 'round. Some things just get better with age, and charming Cape May is no exception. This historic Victorian seaside gem is the oldest resort and one of the most beautiful spots in the country. The entire city is a National Historic District, with nearly 600 preserved Victorian buildings.
Trolley tours take in the historic district, as does the popular evening ghost tour. And of course dozens of Victorian B&Bs stand with rocking chairs at the ready.
The natural beauty of the southernmost beach in the state has been a draw for centuries. A lovely promenade runs along the sand, perfect for biking or jogging. On Sunset Beach, you can search for Cape May Diamonds (polished quartz that washes up on shore).
The pedestrian friendly Washington Street Mall is a hub of shopping activity. For fresh seafood, dine at the Lobster House on Fisherman’s Wharf, overlooking Cape May Harbor.
Make a point to stop by Cape May’s famous Food & Wine Festival to enjoy great food, fine wine and all types of culinary delights.
Enjoy all the events including, winery tours and tastings, a five-course beer tasting dinner, a Gourmet Marketplace, luncheons at some of Cape May’s best restaurants, Chefs’ Dine-Arounds, the popular People’s Choice Chowder Contest and numerous seminars and classes.