Cape May travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cape May

Built on an island on the South Jersey Shore, Cape May is America's oldest seaside resort, and it still enchants almost everyone who visits.

Few places in the USA are as well-suited to a romantic escape. Wander the streets of Downtown Cape May, gazing at the Victorian architecture, climb the lighthouse for sublime views and window shop in Washington Street Mall for boutique clothes, jewelry, and souvenirs.

There's plenty for families to enjoy as well. Hit the beach on your favorite blanket and soak up the rays, head out on whale watching tours or rent kayaks and paddle around the Cape, finding secluded spots to set down.

On top of that, Cape May is a gastronomic center, thanks to wonderful seafood eateries like the Lobster House. It's a Victorian resort that keeps evolving, and everyone will adore what this New Jersey destination has to offer.

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When to Visit Cape May

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Locals will tell you that Cape May is a year-round coastal destination, but some seasons are more attractive than others. In spring, the resort is an appealing place to escape city life, but with temperatures rarely bettering 60 degrees, it's hardly beach weather. Instead, try an early summer or early fall trip. In June and September, you can sunbathe or swim (though the water will be warmer in September), and accommodation won't be as expensive as in the middle of summer. September and October also see the resort hosting plenty of events, including Oktoberfest and the Food and Wine Festival.

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Where to Stay in Cape May

Cape May is full of captivating Victorian properties that have been adapted for use as B&Bs. Great examples include Akwaaba by the Sea, which dates to the 1850s, the picturesque John F. Craig House and Southern Mansion, probably the most upmarket place in the resort. Budget options do exist as well. Check out the comfortable Periwinkle Inn for a high standard of hospitality at more affordable rates.

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Shopping Streets

Cape May has plenty of souvenir stores and boutiques and most of them are clustered around Washington Street Mall. Stores in this pedestrianized area include apparel outlets like Galvanic, gift stores like Madame Cape May's and candy stores like the Original Fudge Kitchen. You'll be sure to find something you love.

Groceries and Other

Cape May is well served by supermarkets, with regional chain ACME operating three stores on the island which should enable self-catering vacationers to keep their costs down during their stay. Be aware that the cost of living in the resort tends to be slightly higher than the USA in general, so shopping for grocery bargains can be a good option.

Where to Eat in Cape May

If you adore seafood, Cape May is your kind of destination. Fresh shellfish and fish dishes are always on the menu at restaurants like the Lobster House and the Pilot House, but there are also Italian options like Godmothers and specialist breakfast cafes like the Mad Batter. If you get the chance, try to schedule a meal by the sea as well. Bars and restaurants like Martini Beach offer spellbinding views, particularly as the sun goes down. Expect to pay around $20 for a good seafood entree and $10-15 for midrange meals.

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