Cape May is on the southern tip of the Cape May peninsula where the Atlantic Ocean meets the waters of Delaware Bay. It is one of America’s longest established resorts and has up to 50,000 visitors in the summer.
Explore the small city of Cape May on foot or with a local guide on an African American History Tour. Visitors can appreciate the Victorian architecture of the 600 homes, known as gingerbread homes, in the Historic District. The award-winning sandy beaches have been listed among America’s 10 best beaches, according to the Travel Channel. They are ideal for sunbathing, relaxing, playing ball games or enjoying sailing and watersports. Cape May holiday rentals make a great base for birdwatchers as the area is a top location for ornithologists with over 400 species of birds recorded. Cape May also has an active arts scene. It hosts the Cape May Music Festival, the Jazz festival and the New Jersey Film Festival. There are several theatres offering a choice of performances during the summer months and the mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts offers arts classes
Head down to Sunset Beach and join the hunters for “Cape May Diamonds”. These clear quartz pebbles wash down the Delaware River and are sold in Cape May as polished semi-precious stones. The Cape May Bird Observatory is at Cape May Point and is an ideal spot for watching migrating birds and dolphins that are regularly seen in this area. Further along the coast there are various small resort towns to visit including Wildwood, Stone Harbor and Avalon.
Cape May holiday rentals experience a humid subtropical climate with hot summers reaching an average 84°F (29°C) in July and August. In winter the temperatures drop to well below freezing (27°F -3°C). Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year and falls as snow in winter. The surrounding seawaters mean that Cape May has cooler summers and milder winters than other cities in New Jersey.
The nearest major airport serving Cape May holiday rentals is Atlantic City International (ACY) Airport which is about 44 miles away. It is served mainly by Spirit Airlines, a budget carrier with flights to many major US cities. It is easy to get a connecting flight to Atlantic City Airport from Boston, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach, Tampa, Chicago and other airline hubs. This domestic airport is very convenient for driving south to Cape May in a hire car along the Garden State Parkway South in less than an hour. Other airports to consider are Philadelphia International (PHL) Airport which is 67 miles away and Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport which is 96 miles away.