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Your Guide to the Beaches of Cape May

Known as “America’s Original Beach Town,” Cape May is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. For over 200 years, visitors have flocked to Cape May for its pristine beaches, boardwalk, and unique Victorian architecture. Stretching 20 miles out to sea, the Cape Island (as the town was first named), offers miles of sandy beaches that greet the waters from the Delaware Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. From Higbee Beach to Poverty Beach, and everything in between, here is our guide to the beaches of Cape May.

Higbee Beach

A bit more rugged and secluded is Higbee Beach at Higbee Wildlife Management Area. Get away from the crowds and enjoy a peaceful stroll on the beach with nothing but the sounds of the waves crashing and the seagulls flying overhead. Do note that the scenic beach is not for swimming as there are no lifeguards on duty.

Sunset Beach

Located in the Lower Township, next to Higbee Beach, is Sunset Beach. And as you may have already guessed from its name, this beach is known for its beautiful sunsets. Sunset Beach is the perfect spot to park your car and watch the sun go down on another lovely day in Cape May. Visitors also enjoy the Sunset Beach Grill, where you can dine al fresco with a view!

Cape May Point

For quiet and less crowded beaches of Cape May, pack a lunch and head out to Cape May Point. Mostly residential, visitors can escape the typically packed beaches of Cape May city and enjoy a beach practically all to themselves.

Make a day of it, and be sure to visit the nearby Cape May Lighthouse at the Cape May Point State Park. The park is also home to a nice stretch of sandy beach as well. And for the bird watches, bring your binoculars and take a stroll through the William and Jane Blair bird refuge.

City of Cape May Beach

The beaches of Cape May city are what the Jersey Shore is famous for – the surf, the sand, shops, restaurants, and more. The Cove is the most popular of the city beaches, with Congress Beach, Steger’s Beach, Decatur Beach, and Poverty Beach as the other well-known spots. Beach tags are required to visit the city beaches, so be sure to purchase before heading out. The city beaches run roughly 2.5 miles along Beach Avenue and are within walking distance to most accommodations and restaurants.

Looking for accommodations near the beach and boardwalk? Plan your stay at the Stockton Inns.

Cape May beach hotel

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Located across the street from the beach and the famous Cape May Boardwalk lies the Stockton Inn and Stockton Manor. For over 45 years, we have been providing our guests with the ultimate Cape May beach vacation. Couples love our 1872 Victorian Stockton Manor, and families love our budget-friendly motel rooms at the Stockton Inn. No matter what type of vacation you are planning, the Stockton Inns is your home away from home at the Jersey Shore. Book your Cape May beach hotel today!