Find Out Why Cape May Beach Is One of the Nation’s Best

Lifeguard chair facing the ocean on sandy beach in Cape May, NJ

If you’re craving a beachy getaway in New Jersey, don’t just pick any shore town – visit Cape May Beach. Our quaint yet exciting town is home to quintessential Jersey Shore attractions, though the experience is quite different from points further north. In 2018, Travel Channel recognized Cape May as one of the East Coast’s top 10 beaches, describing it as the “Crown Jewel” of the Jersey Shore and one of the few places where the sun both rises and sets over the water. Here, Ocean Club Hotel discusses why Cape May, NJ, is one of the best beach destinations in the country, whether you crave a family-friendly vacation spot or a romantic weekend away.

About Cape May, NJ

Among all of the beaches in New Jersey, Cape May is particularly unique. Nestled along the Cape May Peninsula’s southern tip, our town is surrounded by stunning Atlantic Ocean views, sprawling beaches, and the local restaurant and shopping scene. Cape May is also known by name as Queen of the Seaside Resorts, though there is more to this town than beach life. Cape May is a declared National Historic Landmark, as we are home to colorful Victorian homes and other historic sites.

Things to Do in Cape May Beach

There is much to do and experience when you plan a Cape May vacation. If you’re not sure where to start, consider some of the most popular attractions in the area:

    • Cape May Historic District: Featuring preserved buildings from the 1800s, the district is known for its array of historical sites, including the Emlen Physick Estate (1048 Washington St.) and New Jersey Trust and Safe Deposit Company (526 Washington St. – also known as Winterwood).


    • Cape May Lighthouse: Located at Cape May Point, visitors may climb staircases to the top for amazing 360-degree views, or they can enjoy the lighthouse’s oceanfront surroundings.


    • Guided trolley tours: Experience Cape May with a knowledgeable tour guide while riding on a trolley. This is a great way to learn about the town’s history, and there are even trolley tours with themes like after-dark, ghosts, mansions, wartime.


    • Nature Center of Cape May: Kids and adults alike can learn all about the native plant and wildlife species found in Cape May, NJ. This attraction offers environmental education and hands-on activities for all ages, and it’s dedicated to responsible stewardship in the Cape May Harbor area.


  • Washington Street Mall: Whether you have the urge to window shop or want to take home souvenirs, options abound. Washington Street Mall is a stretch of three blocks, where a wide range of specialty boutiques, knick-knack shops, ice cream parlors, and fudge makers line the streets.

And, of course, be sure to hit the Cape May beaches! With miles of sprawling shoreline to relax on, the waters of the Atlantic Ocean offer a great opportunity for fishing, surfing, swimming, and even kayaking. Locals are likely to recommend Sunset Beach as the go-to spot for jaw-dropping sunsets.

Premier Accommodations at Ocean Club Hotel

A Cape May vacation is one of the most popular things to do in New Jersey. Start planning your visit to Cape May Beach with the assistance of Ocean Club Hotel. Offering luxurious, comfortable accommodations, our ocean-front property offers a variety of options, including ADA rooms, cabana rooms, full-ocean-view rooms, side-ocean-view rooms, and the penthouse floor.

No matter which room type you choose, enjoy modern amenities, a pool and sundeck area, tiki bar, on-site SeaSalt Restaurant for fine dining without the fuss, and Ocean Club Hotel Shop. To learn more about booking a stay at Ocean Club Hotel, contact us today.