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Popular amenities for Cape May vacation rentals

Stay near Cape May's top sights

Washington Street Mall118 locals recommend
Cape May Whale Watcher41 locals recommend
The Lobster House171 locals recommend
Emlen Physick Estate51 locals recommend
South Cape May Meadows6 locals recommend
Congress Hall78 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Cape May

  • Total rentals

    490 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $40 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    19K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    350 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    80 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    70 properties have a pool

Your guide to Cape May

Welcome to Cape May

It’s easy to see why the entire city of Cape May is a National Historic Landmark. Stepping into the resort town, most of which was rebuilt following a 1878 fire, is like rewinding back to Victorian times, with hundreds of homes built in the charming architectural style — the second highest concentration after San Francisco. Along with its vibrant cultural offerings — which include the historic Carroll Gallery and the Exit Zero Jazz Festival — the region is also widely known for its beaches and other natural wonders. This is a popular spot for fishing (it’s home to the East Coast’s second-largest fishing port) and birding (more than 400 species have been recorded here).

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Cape May

Like the rest of the Jersey Shore, Cape May’s liveliest season kicks off on Memorial Day with a Memorial Day Ceremony. The pleasant weather is accompanied by plenty of outdoor activities, such as the Independence Day Parade, Baby Parade (open to those ages 12 and younger), the MidAtlantic big game fishing tournament, and Rotary Park Concerts throughout the season. Cape May is known as one of the world’s best spots for birding in the autumn, with a fall festival dedicated to the peak migration. Though the temperatures drop as it nears December, the cozy Christmas spirit comes to life, with the decorated Victorian homes looking straight out of a storybook; Christmas Candlelight House Tours have been running here since 1973. The first few months of the year are the chilliest, but also mark a quiet time to take in the Cape.

Top things to do in Cape May

Victorian Homes and Emlen Physick Estate

Strolling through the seaside town is like stepping back in time thanks to more than 600 preserved and restored Victorian buildings. For a deeper dive into the architecture, stop by the 18-room Emlen Physick Estate, the city’s Victorian House Museum.

Cape May Lighthouse

The 199-step climb to the top of the tower, built in 1859, reveals views of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, while the Oil House on the ground level features displays of maritime artifacts. Buy a combination ticket to also visit the World War II Lookout Tower down the road. For those who enjoy getting spooked, the Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tour brings to light all the paranormal activities in the area.

Nature Center of Cape May

Run by the New Jersey Audubon Society, this nature preserve offers year-round programming, as well as a walking trail, kayaking, and paddle boarding. There’s a three-story observation tower for a bird’s-eye view. The society also runs the Cape May Bird Observatory at Cape May Point, which hosts the World Series of Birding each May.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Cape May?

    Cape May has a moderate maritime climate. Summers are warm, with temperatures reaching up to 85°F (29°C), perfect for beach days. Winters are cool, with temperatures dropping to around 25°F (-4°C), and the area may see some snowfall. Spring and fall are mild, with temperatures ranging from 45°F (7°C) to 75°F (24°C).

  • What are some of the best things to do in Cape May?

    Popular things to do in Cape May include visiting the Cape May Lighthouse, exploring the Emlen Physick Estate, and strolling down the Washington Street Mall. Birdwatching at Cape May Point State Park is also frequently suggested. For beach lovers, a day at Sunset Beach is often recommended.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Cape May?

    The most popular time to visit Cape May is during the summer months, from June to August, when the weather is warm and the beaches are welcoming. During this period, you can also enjoy local events such as the Cape May Music Festival and the Cape May Designer House Tour. Spring is also a popular time due to the Cape May Spring Birding Festival.

  • What are the best places to stay in Cape May?

    Popular areas to stay include the historic district, which is close to attractions like the Cape May Lighthouse and the Emlen Physick Estate. Beach Avenue is often recommended for its proximity to the beach and the Washington Street Mall. A stay in West Cape May provides a quieter experience, while still being close to local attractions.

  • What are the best places to visit in Cape May?

    Popular places to visit in Cape May include the historic Cape May Lighthouse, the Emlen Physick Estate, and the quaint Washington Street Mall. For nature lovers, the Cape May Point State Park and the South Cape May Meadows Preserve are frequently suggested. Don't forget to enjoy a beautiful sunset at Sunset Beach.

  • What are some hiking trails in Cape May?

    Cape May has several scenic hiking trails. The Cape May Point State Park Trail offers diverse landscapes and birdwatching opportunities. The South Cape May Meadows Preserve has trails through wetlands, while the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area features trails that offer views of the Delaware Bay.

  • What are some family activities to do in Cape May?

    In Cape May, you can explore the Cape May County Park & Zoo with your family, where you can see exotic animals up close. You can also head to the Cape May Lighthouse to learn about its history and enjoy panoramic views. For a relaxing day, enjoy the beaches or visit the Nature Center of Cape May for educational activities.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Cape May?

    Consider a day trip to the quaint town of Ocean City, located 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Cape May, known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant boardwalk. You can also explore the historic town of Millville, 50 miles (80 kilometers) away, home to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. For nature lovers, the Belleplain State Forest, 22 miles (35 kilometers) away, is a popular choice.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Cape May?

    Cape May has more than 200 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Cape May?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 150 vacation rentals in Cape May featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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