Information on Cape May Beach Tags

Cape May Beach tags are required effective April 1st and can be purchased from the City of Cape May at the address below. Please visit the city of Cape May site here view information on Beach Tags

When are beach tags required in Cape May? In season, you must have a beach tag to use Cape May’s beaches. Tags are required between the hours of 10a.m. and 5p.m., from Memorial Day Weekend in May through Labor Day in September. Beach tags are required for all beachgoers 12 and over and will not be supplied by your accommodations.

*Where can I buy beach tags in Cape May? In season, beach tags can be purchased at any beach entrance from beach taggers. A maximum of five (5) seasonal tags, per individual may be purchased.

How can I buy beach tags by mail? If you have questions, call the City at 609-884-9540 (but they won’t let you order by phone). To order beach tags, send a check to 643 Washington Street, Cape May

Beach tags will be available for purchase, in person, at the City Hall Tax Office, located at 643 Washington Street, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday, excluding Holidays.The in-person per tag costs for a Seasonal Tag are as follow:

A maximum of five (5) seasonal tags, per season, per individual, can be purchased.

Up to five (5) Seasonal Tags, per season, per individual, can also be ordered by mail. The mail order per tag cost for a Seasonal Tag is as follows.  

**If two (2) names are listed on your check you are allowed up to ten (10) seasonal tags.**

(Number of Tags x $28.00) + $3.00 S/H fee per order
Example: (3 Tags x $28.00) = $84.00 + $3.00 S/H = $87.00 Total

To order, send check, made payable to “City of Cape May”, and mail to the following address.   

Beach Tags – Tax Office
643 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204

Weekly, 3 day and daily beach tags can only be purchased on the beach.

The City offers free Veteran and Active Military seasonal beach tags with proper identification.  Must be picked up in peson.



NOTE: Tags, once purchased, are not refundable. No exceptions to the dates and timeframes shown above will be considered.


  • Beach tags may be provided free (no fee) to Active Military personnel and Veterans of the following branches of Service:
  • United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, as well as members of the United States Coast Guard and the New Jersey National Guard.
  • Active Military:
  • Military personnel, spouse/civil union partner, and dependent children twelve (12) years of age and older
  • Qualifying Active Military personnel must be present at the time of request
  • Proper identification (ie: military ID) must be presented
  • Completion of City of Cape May Beach Tag tracking form
  • One set of beach tags will be issued per beach season
  • Veteran:
  • Any individual who has served and was released through Honorable Discharge with at least 90-days active duty or released from active duty by reason of a service-incurred injury or disability
  • Qualifying Veteran must be present at the time of request
  • Proper identification (ie: discharge papers DD214) must be presented
  • Completion of City of Cape May Beach Tag tracking form
  • One beach tag will be issued per beach season
  • Active Military and Veteran beach tags will be available for pick-up at the Beach Tag Office (Beach Avenue) and the Tax Office (City Hall)
  • Active Military and Veteran beach tags provided free (no fee) is permitted by New Jersey State law, and under Cape May City Code (Chapter 158, Section 3) as amended


Cape May Beaches NJ

Order your Beach Tags for Cape May Beaches in NJ Early and Save!

Cape May Beach Tags for the Jersey Shore

Cape May Beach Tags for the New Summer Season are Required


Get Ready for Upcoming Summer Trips or Vacations to Cape May

CAPE MAY Beaches in NJ are Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Cost for Visitor Beach Tags

The current fees (Summer 2013) are as followed:

Daily- $5.00, Three-Day Pass- $10.00, Weekly (Saturday-to-Sunday) $15.00, Season $28.00, Ages 11 and Younger are Free


More Information About Cape May Beaches in NJ

Lifeguards: 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Facilities: Permanent restrooms/changing facilities on Beach Avenue at Second, Broadway, Windsor, Gurney, Philadelphia, Trenton and Wilmington intersections. Open-air rinsing stations all along the beachfront.

Visitors with Beach Tags/Badges in Cape May, NJ

Parking: Metered parking along the beachfront, with free parking available on side streets several blocks from the beach.

Rules: Coolers and food permitted. No alcohol. No restrictions on beach tents, umbrellas or canopies for daytime use. No bonfires or cooking permitted. Overnight camping prohibited. Ball playing and other games allowed away from beach bathers.

Handicapped access:Ramps to boardwalk at 17 streets along Beach Drive, with ramps from boardwalk to beach at Broadway, Third and Cove, Grant and Gurney streets and Trenton Avenue. Surf wheelchairs available at nine locations, with reservations suggested. Call (609) 884-9570 and chairs will be delivered by Beach Patrol. Four handicapped-accessible restrooms on boardwalk along Beach Drive. Parking meter fees throughout Cape May waived for vehicles displaying windshield placard or license plate.

Food and drink vendors across Beach Avenue all along the beachfront.

Attractions: Volleyball nets at Steger Beach (Beach Avenue and Jackson Street) and Second Avenue Beach; Cape May Family Treasure Hunts throughout the summer; free Monday evening concerts at Rotary bandstand; Cape May Music Festival May 26-June 13; trolley tours; Father’s Day Fishing Trip June 16; Fourth of July fireworks and parade July 6; Movies on the Beach throughout season; 81st Queen Maysea coronation July 31; William Moore birthday summer social Aug. 10; Art and Antiques in the park Aug. 17; Mid-Atlantic $500,000 fishing tournament Aug 18-23; Jersey Tomato Festival Aug. 31,

Etc: There’s a dog park at 705 Lafayette St., $10 weekly fee, $20, seasonal. Bicycle and surrey rentals, Jet Ski and WaveRunner rentals.

More information:
 Town website