Cape May Beach Guide and Fees
Here’s a quick look at the Cape May Beach Fees and and Lifeguard Hours for the summer season in Cape May NJ. You can also check out the rating from the Travel Channel for Cape May Beaches.
Beach Badges / Fees for Cape May NJ
- Beach Fees: Pre-season (thru 3/30) $15; Seasonal $25; Weekly (Saturday-Saturday) $15; Three Day $10; Daily $6; Children under 12 free.
- Lifeguard Hours: 10am – 5:30pm
- Handicap Access: yes
- Surfing Beaches: Between Howard & Stockton, 3rd Ave.
- Surf Fishing Beaches: Consult Lifeguards
- Public Boat Ramps: n/a
- Fishing Piers: n/a
- Public Bath House: n/a
- Bicycle Paths: yes
- Boardwalk Hours for Bicycles: 4am – 10am
- Boardwalk Hours for Roller Blades: 4am – 10am
- Tennis Courts: Public Courts located at Wise Anderson Park on Lafayette St. and Cape May Tennis Club on Washington St.
- Skateboard Parks: n/a
- Roller Hockey Rink: n/a
The Travel Channel Cape May, New Jersey
Original Content by Finn-Olaf Jones
Some believe that good things come to those who wait, and finding a decent beach in New Jersey may be the best test to that theory. Far down the Jersey Shore, beyond syringe-on-the-beach jokes, beyond thong-thronged boardwalks, beyond the point where anyone says “Joizey” is the Grande Old Dame of the Eastern Shore, Cape May.
Cape May is the aristocrat of beaches with the prices and lineage to prove it. When nearby Philadelphia was the capital of the Colonial states, several of the Founding Fathers came to Cape May to let down their wigs. Later the fashionable members of New York society flocked to the area, but the flash point (literally speaking) for Cape May didn’t come until 1878, when a fire devastated most of the town.
Out of the ashes arose an ornate Victorian fantasy world of elegant seaside hotels and gingerbread mansions that became the sandbox for gilded society. Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, held her debutante party in Cape May, and so many presidents have vacationed here that several hotels still vie for the title of “The Summer White House.”
If earlier straw-hatted glitteratti were to return to Cape May today, they would instantly recognize many of their old haunts, thanks to the town’s status as a National Historic Landmark and its preservation-mad citizens. The locals are passionate about their role as cultural custodians, and it shows. The sand is always raked and the area’s signature Victorian trim, which adorns the town like cobwebs, is always fresh with paint. But Cape May is not a place full of crusty Miss Havishams. It is peppered with the same warm, easy-going personalities typical to beach Meccas around the world – it’s just that the tune they march to is more Gilbert & Sullivan than Jimmy Buffet.
Child-Friendliness rating: 3 of 5
Cape May’s wholesome atmosphere and pristine beaches are ideal for kids, though precious few hotels will take them. Most of Cape May’s B&Bs are intimate, antique-strewn affairs better suited for making children than bringing them.
Swimming rating: 4 of 5
This is the Atlantic at its cleanest – though it gets a bit chilly.
Sand rating: 5 of 5
Given that the beaches are regularly cleaned, raked and pampered, this is some of the best sand money can buy – and with the hefty $4/day beach pass, you will be buying it.
Atmosphere rating: 5 of 5
A 19th-century ambiance pervades the entire resort, right down to an overwhelming propensity for politeness. Is Cape May really only 200 miles from New York?
Non-Beach Activities rating: 5 of 5
Cape May is probably one of the few seaside resorts where lust, passion and voyeurism occur primarily off of the beach – in the context of its myriad gourmet restaurants, antique stores and house tours.
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